What Is Web Hosting

Web hosting is a necessity for any website — it is the physical location of your website on the Internet,  an online storage center that houses the information, images, video, and other content that comprises your website.  Web hosting service providers maintain the server where the data associated with your website resides, and also manages the technology that connects your website to the Internet.  When Internet users want to view your website, they enter your website address or domain into their browser.  Their computer will then connect to the server and your webpages will be delivered through the browser.

How To Determine Your Hosting Plan Requirement

Website hosting is typically measured in the amount of disk space allotted on the server and the amount of data transfer or “bandwidth” you need for accessing the server.  For example, if you have a lot of customer activity on your website, such as file downloads, you will access the server frequently and will need more web hosting transfer space than someone who simply puts readable text on their website.  The more “items” or “content” you have on your website (i.e., photos, maps, PDF files, etc.), the more disk space you will need for website hosting.

Most hosting companies require that you own your domain in order to host with them. See our Domain Pricing page for domain pricing information.

How Can WME Help Choose The Correct Hosting Options

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Packages / Plan?

At Websites Made Easy (WME) our hosting package is provided as one plan with preset disk space and monthly data transfer sizes, that can be upgraded as required.  We help you choose the plan and options that fit your website.  If you find you need more website hosting capacity than you initially purchased, you can increase your quantities by upgrading at anytime.

HTTP or HTTPS – So what does this mean?

Have you noticed the “Not Secure” message when opening an HTTP website.  That is Google and other browsers method for warning your connection to that website is not secure because the website has no encryption to protect the connection.  Encryption ensures no one can eavesdrop on what’s being sent and that a user’s activity cannot be tracked or information stolen.   When you visit a website that uses HTTPS encryption, you see the familiar lock icon and the word “Secure” in the address bar.  Eventually, Chrome will label all HTTP pages as non-secure, and will change the HTTP security indicator to a red triangle.  There is an added advantage to having a secure website by adding an SSL Certificate to the web hosting account.  Google recently announced that:

  • Having an SSL Certificate is the easiest thing you can do to boost your SEO ranking.
  • A dedicated IP can help increase your site’s speed.
  • Google considers page load speed to be a ranking factor.

In order to have an HTTPS website, an SSL certificate and dedicated IP (Internet Protocol) address is required.  A Dedicated IP is a private website address that is linked to your SSL certificate.  We recommend purchasing an SSL certificate and Dedicated IP with your Web Hosting plan.

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