How to Choose a Web Host - Episode 288 - Show Notes

How to Choose a Web Host - Episode 288

Monday Jun 13, 2022 (00:20:56)


If you're just starting out online, one of the first things you'll need to do is choose a web host. This can be a daunting task, especially if you don't know what to look for. Avram discusses the different types of web hosting services and helps you decide which one is right for you. He also gives you some tips on how to choose a web host that meets your needs. So, whether you're looking for shared hosting, VPS hosting, cloud hosting, or something else entirely, Avram's got tips on how to make the best decision possible!

Registering a Domain Name

The first step in setting up your web presence is to register a domain name. Your domain name is the address of your website on the Internet. It's what people will type into their browser to find your site. For example, Google's domain name is Domain names can be registered with any number of registrars, but we recommend that you use a registrar that also offers web hosting services. This way, you can register your domain name and set up your website all in one place.

There are two parts to a domain name: the top-level domain (TLD) and the second-level domain (SLD). The TLD is the part of the domain name that comes after the dot. For example, in the domain name, the TLD is .com. The SLD is the part of the domain name that comes before the dot. In, the SLD is google. You can choose any TLD you want when you register your domain name, but some are more popular than others. The most popular TLDs are .com, .org, and .net.

You can also register domains with country-specific TLDs such as .us, .UK, and .ca. These are known as ccTLDs (country code top-level domains). If you're targeting a specific country audience with your website, it can be helpful to use a ccTLD. However, ccTLDs are not required. You can register a .com domain name and use it for a website targeted at any country audience.

Different Types of Hosting

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is the most popular type of web hosting. This is because it's the most affordable option. With shared hosting, your website shares a server with other websites. This can be a great option if you're just starting out, as it's very budget-friendly. The downside of shared hosting is that your website may be affected by the traffic on other websites on the same server.

WordPress Hosting

WordPress hosting is a type of web hosting that's specifically designed for WordPress websites. WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that allows you to create a website without having to code it yourself. WordPress hosting usually comes with pre-installed WordPress, which makes it easy to get started. It also often includes features such as increased security and performance, as well as customer support specifically for WordPress websites.

VPS Hosting

VPS, or Virtual Private Server, hosting is a step up from shared hosting. With VPS hosting, your website is still sharing a server with other websites. However, you have your own virtual space on that server. This means that your website will not be affected by the traffic on other websites. VPS hosting is a great option if you're looking for more control over your website.

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting is the most expensive type of web hosting. With dedicated hosting, your website has its own server. This means that you have complete control over your website and it will not be affected by the traffic on other websites. Dedicated hosting is a great option if you have a high-traffic website or a website that requires special security.

Cloud Hosting

Cloud hosting is a newer type of web hosting. With cloud hosting, your website is hosted on a network of servers. This means that your website can be quickly and easily scaled to meet your needs. Cloud hosting is a great option for businesses that are growing quickly or have high traffic levels.

How to Choose a Web Host

Now that you know the different types of web hosts, how do you choose one? Here are some tips from Avram:

Decide what type of web host you need based on the type of website you have. If you have a small personal website, shared hosting may be all you need. However, if you have a large website or one that gets a lot of traffic, you may need VPS or cloud hosting.

Consider your budget. web hosting can range in price from $50 per year to $500 per year or more. Choose a web host that fits your budget and meets your needs.

Read reviews of web hosts. There are many web hosting review websites where you can read about the experiences other people have had with different web hosts. This can be a great way to narrow down your choices and choose a web host that is right for you.


Scott Ertz


Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.

Avram Piltch


Avram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.

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