Question: What is WordPress Website Hosting & Why Do I Need It?
What is Website Hosting is a great question!
WordPress is what is called a Content Management System – or CMS for short. Its job is to help you manage all of the content you want to share with your website visitors. WordPress is so good at what it does that it is #1 in the world.
However, a physical computer – known as a Web Server – delivers your WordPress Website content to your visitors. That’s where the Hosting part of what we do at Idea To Growth LLC comes into play.
How do you know which of the hundreds of WordPress Hosting services is “right” for your WordPress website?
Easy. We’ve researched the technical capabilities and pricing of website hosting services worldwide and pre-selected hosting providers that we believe meet the best balance of capabilities and pricing for your WordPress website.
Why don’t we just let our clients choose whichever hosting service they want and have us manage the hosting service?
We choose the hosting service and not our clients because each hosting vendor is different.
Vendors each have different hardware.
Some vendors provide higher amounts of high-speed memory (DRAM) for the same price as other vendors. The more high-speed memory a web server has, the higher potential performance (quicker time to open your web pages).
Some vendors provide FLASH STORAGE rather than spinning hard drives for storing your content. Flash memory is hundreds of times faster than older, slower spinning hard drives. If you bought a laptop computer in the last few years, it likely uses flash memory rather than a spinning hard drive for persistence storage. The flash memory in newer computers is the main reason the computer boots (starts up) faster. We require our hosting companies to use Flash storage to help give your website top performance.
Another Key Website Hosting Point
Another key reason we choose this hosting service is that it lowers our costs to support our clients. If we had to support dozens to hundreds of different hosting companies, it would dramatically increase the cost of our service. Can you imagine the training and support documentation we would have to maintain just for our staff for each hosting service? It would be impossible to provide a low-cost service.
Lastly, choosing the hosting service we run and maintaining your WordPress Website gives us leverage with the hosting service. The more web servers we run, the potential for better pricing and service. This helps us keep our prices as low as possible.
This is why your website needs our Website Hosting Service.
Please keep reading to learn more about our Website Hosting Service features.
Website HOSTING Features
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FAST FLASH STORAGE (NO SLOW HARD DRIVE STORAGE)
We use servers that use a data storage technology known as FLASH.
Flash data storage is a 100x faster method of storing your website data than the conventional Hard Drive.
While Flash data storage is up to 10x more expensive per gigabyte of data storage, the extra performance that it will give your website is worth our investment. The faster your website can deliver (open) your webpage to your visitors, the higher Google will rank your web pages.
We use servers that have a minimum of 4-CPU’s dedicated to our website clients.
Many of our competitors will cram 100+ client websites onto a single CPU web server.
We think this is insane and results in client websites that load slowly and sometimes not at all when a visitor arrives.
We know from experiences that limiting the number of clients to a very few, giving our client’s websites a minimum of a 4-CPU architecture, enables us to make their website pages open FAST!
While this costs us much more money, we want our client’s website to perform at the top of the class.
GIGABYTES OF DRAM
In addition to 4-CPU web servers, those 4-CPU’s need a lot of ultra-fast DRAM to feed them your data in real-time.
Our web servers are pack with 4+ Gigabytes of DRAM to keep our 4-CPU processors performing at peek efficiency so your web pages open as fast as possible.
CDN – CONTENT DELIVERY NETWORK
A single web server for hosting your website can only handle a certain volume of simultaneous traffic before visitors begin to see it slow down.
We solve this challenge by utilizing a CDN Service. The CDN service we use is called Cloudflare.
Using Cloudflare, we can make hundreds of copies of your website and spread them all around the USA and the world. So, if you have a sale and your website traffic spikes, your website can handle it without going down.
Every server in every Cloudflare data center that spans 200 cities across 100 countries runs the full stack of DDoS (Denial of Service) mitigation services.
Cloudflare’s network capacity of 59 Tbps is well equipped to defend against the largest attacks.
“Website Hosting” is the act of storing and delivering your website information to your website visitors browsers around the world.
When you open the web browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge) and type in a web address (referred to as the “Domain Name” or “URL”), computers know as “Servers” read that web address and open up the content stored on another computer (called a “Web Server”) and displays it in your browser. The companies that own these “Web Servers” are known as “Hosting” companies. Their service is referred to as “Hosting”.
Every website needs a Web Server to “Host” (store and deliver) their website content to their visitors.
Therefore, every website needs the services of a Website Hosting company.
At IdeaToGrowth we use a Website Hosting company to “Host” the websites of our Clients. In fact, we will only build, maintain, secure and support our client’s websites through the Hosting company we use.
Why do We Pick the Website Hosting Company?
Because we spend a lot of effort in choosing the Hosting company to run our clients websites on. When something needs to be done, we need to know that we are able to get remote access to the web server quickly and reliably in order to keep our client’s websites operating at optimum levels. If we allowed our clients to tell us which hosting company to use, and something went wrong with their website due to an issue at their hosting company, who are they going to blame? Us or the hosting company.
Yep us – and we don’t ever want that to happen. We want to keep our clients happy!
All of these items fall under “Website Hosting”.
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– and let us keep your website Making Your Money, Safe and Secure.
A “Domain Name (or just ‘domain’) is the name of a website. It’s what comes after “@” in an email address, or after “www.” in a web address. If someone asks how to find you online, what you tell them is usually your domain name.
Often your hosting provider will give your domain name for free – for the first year. Then, many charge you $$$ every year after. That’s right! You have to pay to “own” your domain name every year, no matter who you buy it from.
We use Domains.Google.com to buy all of domains for our clients. Domain names ending in “.com” are usually $12/year as long as they are available. If someone is already using the domain name you want, you will either have to buy it from them, or choose another. We generally recommend the latter. Domain names can sell for tens of millions of dollars.
For example, if you are a non-profit organization, a club, a church, or another non-commercial entity, you may want to register as a
.org domain name.
There has been a trend among tech-focused startups to use the
For non-US entities, each country has its own country-code TLD, such a
There also, of course, the new “exotic” domain names, such as
.club. There are many of these, and they might fit your brand very well.
Even with all the additional options,
.com seems to remain the gold standard for domain names.
The .com TLD carries a high-degree of trust with consumers, and communicates a sense of legitimacy that is hard to achieve with other domain name extensions.
Because of this
.com domains continue to have the highest sale price in the domain aftermarket.
We recommend Domains.Google.com .
Don’t be fooled by these cheap domain buying sites that will sell you your domain for $1.00. Beginning the second year the price will go up to $18, $24, $35 or more. Why? Because at $1.00 they are losing money. They count on the fact that once a buyer “owns” their domain name, they will pretty much pay whatever they must in order to keep it.
These $1.00 business count on the fact that most people who buy domain names do not know that they can “transfer” that domain name after 60 days to another domain name authority, like Domains.Google.com, and they’ll only pay Google $12/year to continue to “own” the usage rights to any .com domain – and similar prices for any domain TLD.
Managing your domain settings on Domains.Google.com is super easy too. That’s why we use them.
Yes, unless you are being hosted on a site like WordPress.
If you are, they will give you a sub-domain like: mysubdomain.WordPress.com.
The problem with this is that the only people that are ever going to find your website is those that you send directly to it. It will be very hard to get any page ranking by Google to be discovered “organically”.
To improve your “discovery” , I recommend including the well known name of your service along with something unique.
For example, if you did “Appliance Repair” and you lived in the area of Tampa Bay, I would pick the domain name “ApplianceRepairTampaBay.com”.
The domain name makes it very clear what you do and where, which are generally believed to be two of the highest ranking metrics in Googles algorithm.
The domain name registrar is the company that manages the registration of domain names.
When you buy a new domain name, you are buying it “from” a domain name registrar (that is — you are paying the registration fee to a registrar).
The domain name system isn’t owned by any one entity. It is, however, managed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit organization.
Virtual hosting is also called shared hosting. It involves operating your site on a server that hosts multiple sites. In other words, your site is sharing the processing power, bandwidth and memory along with other sites on that particular server.
This form of Web hosting is sufficient for the vast majority of websites.
It’s also a reliable and inexpensive solution for sites that do not need the power of a dedicated server.
Disk space refers to the storage required to hold your website. Every single letter on your website has to be stored somewhere on your Web host’s server. Each letter is represented by one byte, and a megabyte is roughly 1 million bytes. HTML pages are usually very small, but images, scripts and databases can take up large amounts of disk space.
Bandwidth/transfer is the amount of data the server will allow your site to transmit in a month. Transfer is usually measured in gigabytes, or billions of bytes. Once you go over your monthly limit, your host may either shut your site down for the remainder of the month or charge you an overage fee. This charge is usually in the range of $2 to $5 per extra gigabyte.
There are a number of ways to measure your website popularity. You’ll hear a lot about these terms:
1. Hits: The number of elements retrieved from your site.
2. Impressions: The number of times all the pages on your site are seen (also called page views). Impressions are sometimes referred to as “hits,” which can cause confusion.
3. Unique Visitors: The number of people who have visited your site.
In other words, if I visit your website, look at two pages, then your stats increase by one unique visitor, two page views and 2 hits.
As long as the domain name is registered in your name, we can simply update your domain name servers to point to your our hosting service.
Uptime is the amount of time your site is online throughout the entire month.
Obviously, 100% uptime is ideal. But things can break, and many hosts – offer 99.9% to 100% uptime guarantees.
This means that if your site is not accessible for more than 43 minutes in a month (100% – 99.9% = 0.1%), you will be reimbursed according to the terms of service and Service Level Agreement (SLA).
Sometimes you’ll find Web hosting deals that seem too good to be true.
Chances are, they are. We have all heard the phrase “you get what you pay for”.
There are discount hosting services offer low prices and good service.
But keep these things in mind:
- Some hosts try to limit their customers’ activity through their Terms of Service (TOS) or Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).
- Some hosts skimp on overall performance and bandwidth in order to keep rates low.
- Low prices often mean little support. Do not expect to receive an answer to your questions right away if you are paying less than $10 a month (30 cents a day) for Web hosting.
Before you sign up with a Web host, do some research. Google the company, and visit WebHostingTalk.com to see other customers’ reviews.
We handle all the “stuff” with moving your existing website over to our website hosting service.
We simply need you to provide the name of your current provider, the account email and the account password.
If you have none of these, no worries! Contact us.
SSL is an abbreviation for Secure Sockets Layer. This is a common protocol used to communicate information securely online. This protocol provides a safe path that runs between two Internet-connected machines or two machines on the same internal network. It is an extremely handy tool used by web browsers who need to connect securely to a web server, given the wild insecurity inherent in the Internet. SSL usually operates and sets up a secure session with little or no interaction from the person actually visiting the web site.
You may notice the browser displaying a padlock or the address showing a padlock and a green bar – those are the hallmarks of SSL doing its magic.
Every website we manage gets an SSL Certificate include in their monthly Hosting, Maintenance, Security and Support fee.
When you purchase an account with us, one of the services you receive is a certain number of dedicated email accounts for any domain hosted on your account.
Those email accounts are managed from the control panel of the web host and you can set up email accounts, change their passwords, and set up email forwarders, all from that control panel.
You can also set up a dedicated email account to send from a web-based email service like gMail or an offline service like Outlook.
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