The following are some of the most common questions regarding website hosting

Q. What is website hosting?

A. Website hosting refers to publishing a website on the internet. In order for your website to be viewable to the world online, it needs to be hosted on a server and it also needs a domain name.

Q. What is shared hosting?

A. Shared hosting is the cheapest website hosting option and is a great place to start out. Shared hosting means that many websites (usually hundreds or thousands) share the same server. The cost of server maintenance is divided between everyone. Shared hosting is best for individuals and small to medium sized businesses.

Q. What is cloud hosting?

A. Rather than being hosted on one single instance of a physical server the website is hosted on a virtual space which draws its resources, such as disk space, from an extensive network of underlying physical servers.” Cloud Hosting resides on a shared “virtualized” environment.

Cloud hosting offers the added benefit of scalability which works well with variable work loads. Cloud hosting can offer increased flexibility in comparison to Shared Hosting, however is not as reliable as a dedicated server depending on the traffic load and size of your website.

Q. What is dedicated hosting?

A dedicated server, or dedicated hosting service is not shared with anyone else. The entire server is leased to one client. It is the best option for medium to large business or a website that has high traffic volumes. With dedicated hosting you can configure the server hardware to a single purpose such as a website or multiple websites of the same client.

Q. What is a domain name?

A. A domain name is a sequence of letters and numbers which determine the address of your site such as www.top10webhosting.ca. That is the domain name of this website.

Q. Do I need website hosting?

A. Yes, in order for your website to be online, you need hosting. Sometimes you can find free hosting, and forced ads will be displayed on your site.

Q. Do I need technical knowledge to use website hosting?

A. Yes, you will need some technical knowledge to build a website yourself. You can either upload your website files, use a website builder that may be included with your hosting plan, or, if you want to be completely hands off, hire a professional.

Q. What do I need to Get Started?

A. You will need to purchase a domain name, and hosting in order to get started. If you are a beginner you will want to choose a hosting provider that is easy to use and includes a website builder, or one click install for platforms such as WordPress or Joomla. WordPress can be learned in a few evenings if you have some technical ability.

Q. What is the most important thing to look for in a host?

A. If you are a beginner, we feel the most important aspect would be technical support. Of course ease of use, reliability and security are also important.

Q. What is uptime?

A. Uptime is the percentage of time that a web site is working.  For example, if some host has an uptime average of 99.86%, this means that your site will be down for a total about 1 hour each month.

Q. I don’t want my site to ever go down. What host should I use?

A. No hosting company can guarantee 100% uptime, but most companies can come very close. The web hosting providers in our list all have excellent uptime. The best you can find is an uptime guarantee, where the host offers refunds for downtime.

Q. How do I tell how much hosting space I need?

A. Most hosting packages include more than you need for a basic site. If you are still unsure, start with something basic and make sure you can upgrade it later. You can also check your files and see what they add up to.

Q. What is bandwidth?

A. The amount of data that can be passed along a communications channel in a given period of time.