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Don’t host your site on shaky a ground. If you are new to the game of website hosting, there are series of must-know terms you need to get acquainted with. Even before learning how to host your website, you must understand how they affect your site and if your investment to be worth it. These factors will help you determine which hosting plan is best for you and as well, you will be able to evaluate features of best web hosting platforms.


Majority of providers believe you ought to have done your assignment well on the basics of web hosting before coming onboard, while a few at best provide a heavy load of content to acquaint you with the process; that promise to take significant time before they are digested. To save you the time and effort, this write-up is a detailed rundown to get you started. You can play catchup on the rest as you spend more time in the field.
Here you have it, in simple ABC form;

  1. BANDWIDTH
    The amount of transferrable data from the server when a user tries to access your website is called bandwidth. it is measured as the amount of data transmitted from one point to another over an internet connection and within a specific amount of time. This is often confused with internet speed which is how fast information are sent and received over a connection.
    When selecting a hosting plan, you need to go for a sufficient bandwidth that can handle your current website traffic and as well cope with future needs as your website grow.
    To estimate the amount of bandwidth that’s good for your business, multiply the amount of traffic your site is likely to get by the disk space (explained above) the plan will offer. Although not an accurate calculation, you should get an idea of how much bandwidth you should go for. Hence, you can make an informed decision.
  2. RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY (RAM)
    Also called memory because of its function. It holds random information for easy access to previously used data. So, next time a user tries to access information, it pulls it up for quick display. This is also similar to smartphones and your home computers, the more RAM you have, the more the amount of operation that can be performed simultaneously on your device and the faster the rate.
    Hence, if your server has a large RAM, it can store more data in the RAM memory and will load faster whenever these data are requested. For website that has frequently accessed data, larger RAM size
    would be of immense benefit. Sites and applications with a lot of user interaction such as social media, online courses, ecommerce site etc. are those with large RAM size requirement.
    Determine if your site falls into any of those categories, and be sure to select the best hosting platform with the best hosting plan that gives the amount of RAM required.
  3. DISK STORAGE SPACE
    Disk space is the amount of storage available to keep your website data. It’s where the files, script, content, documents, videos and the entirety of your website database are stored. You need not look for which web hosting service provide this features as it is an inevitable feature that any web hosting company must have – irrespective of hosting plan.
    However, you should be more concerned about the size of the storage, ensuring it will provide enough space to handle the type of site you are hosting. Some the indexes for calculating how much storage you should go for include: the content you want on your site; Videos, images, blogpost; the services you want to offer; Support for uploading and downloading files; the scripts and program your website will run on amidst other installations.
    It is advisable you select a storage that’s more than the current file size needed because you are likely to add new contents over time. Not only that, you should be informed beforehand that the more storage your website needs, the more the price you should be ready to pay. You don’t expect the storage needed for a site that requires uploading and downloading of video to be of equal price with a simple blog.
  4. CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT (CPU)
    Just like your home computer that receives data, processes it and gives output, your web server has multiple CPU. The size of your website should determine the number of CPU you will have on your server. The higher the number of CPU, the faster the activities of your website.
    Cloud hosting has taken away some of these worries. You can scale up and down as need arises, even if you aren’t sure of the size of your website and what resources you need. There’s the flexibility of increasing and decreasing usage at any time.
  5. VERSIONS OF PROGRAMS AND SCRIPTS
    Besides the aforementioned requirements, it’s necessary to check well that the program and script you want to run on your website are supported by the hosting provider and more importantly their versions. Popular scripts and programs used by most websites include; WordPress, Joomla, PHP scripts, MySQL, Mediawiki, ecommerce program and many more.
    In case you can’t find some necessary features such as security SSL certificate and server level firewall in a webhosting plan, you can go ahead and install it. And if you need other scripts, you can decide to install provided your disk space, CPU and RAM can cope with activity.
  6. DATABASE SUPPORT
    A database is a website bank of data on which information can be easily stored and efficiently retrieved. These data are stored in a structured way that facilitates accessibility in a number of ways. It is controlled by software called Database Management System (DBMS).
    Not all websites need this feature, but websites that require dynamic data editing, data retrieval and users unique content such as ecommerce inventory, order management, user profiles, form submission, user credentials and details etc. cannot do without it.
    With Database Management Systems, data are displayed based on specific request. An example is a website with user accounts where user’s specific data are stored. Whenever a user tries to access his account, a query is sent to the database requesting that specific user profile, which then loads on the screen.
    It should be noted that not all hosting service offers database. Hence, you need to make sure that the service you are going for supports this feature. Some example of Database Management Software – each with different functions – includes; MySQL, MongoDB, Amazon Simple DB, etc. Take note when choosing your best webhost.
  7. TYPE OF SERVER SOFTWARE
    It may interest to know that servers are web applications or software that are installed on computers and connected to the internet. This software manages and facilitates the activities of your site based on your hosting plan.
    All web hosting companies use one or more of these software for their hosting services. Apache, Lighttpdd, Microsoft, Caddy and more are some of the most used server software. If you so which, you can check out how this software compare in features and functionality to make sure the company you are hosting with has the feature you need or want.
    However, if you are not familiar with technical terms, it advisable you seek the help of a professional to satisfy your urge. One of our expert at Teqporte cloud can help you out. Contact Us.
    CONCLUSION
    The above are some albeit not all factors you must understand and consider before hosting a website. However, to save yourself the headache of calculation and assumption, Cloud hosting can come in
    handy. With cloud hosting, you wouldn’t need to worry much about DISK SPACE, CPU, RAM and the likes, all server resources can be scaled based on need. Thanks to its flexibility and scalability that allows you operate your website without fear. You can consult with us at Teqporte cloud to learn more on how your business can benefit from the flexibility of the cloud.