What Is Web Hosting?

What Is Web Hosting?

So you’ve decided that your website needs a rebuild, and you found a great company to do it for you.  The price is right and their portfolio of websites look amazing.  But then they tell you that there will be a monthly hosting fee.  The fee is WAY more expensive than the hosting you’ve paid in the past, and you don’t understand why.  You’re thinking that you’ll just stick with what you’re used to.  Probably using GoDaddy for your hosting.  If you do that, you’re looking at a 2-year life span of your website before it completely stops functioning.

Hosting is defined as “A web hosting service is a type of internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web” – Wikipedia.org

So basically hosting is the cost associated with where your website lives.  So why is it so expensive with the new web developer?

Let look at hosting in terms of “rent”.  When you are “renting” (hosting) on places like GoDaddy for dirt cheap, it’s like renting in a high rise in the city.  And not a nice one either.  This rental doesn’t come with any fixes.  So if you’re A/C goes out (or if your contact form stops working) you better know how to fix it.  Or when you call an A/C guy to come and repair it, you’re paying by the hour.  Web developers typically charge $100 – $125 per hour to fix a broken site.

If you’re host with your web developer, when things break, you’re likely to not even know.  It’ll be fixed before you even see the problem. 

With a Web Developer, “renting” (hosting) is like renting a nice place where the A/C is fixed before you even know it’s broken.  Your Web Developer has likely done preventative maintenance to make sure the A/C never stops working.  Not only that, but your Web Developer has opted to hang pictures (text and images) on the wall for you, anytime you need to change what’s already there.  Your Web Developer is even constantly updating the place for optimal speed and functionality.

If you have more questions or need more information, feel free to contact us!