How to Choose an Affordable Web Hosting for Your Blog
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Web hosting simply refers to a service that puts your website on the Internet. In other words, it makes your website available to your users. In general, most websites are intended to be viewed by anyone on the Internet, at any time. If you want anyone on the Internet to be able to view your website at any time, you need to make sure your website is running on a computer which is connected to the Internet 24 hours per day, 7 days per week (24/7).
There are different types of web hosting, however, basically these are grouped into two.
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Option 1: Host the Website Yourself
Hosting the website yourself means that you will need to have the right equipment, including a web server and a permanent connection to the Internet. You would need to ensure that your Internet service provider (ISP) allows this type of usage too. You would also need to have website administration skills such as managing/configuring a web server, patch management, firewalls, virus protection etc.
Option 2: Use a Hosting Provider to Host your Website
This is the most common choice for web hosting. Using a third party hosting provider allows you to concentrate on developing your website (or whatever else it is you may do), and leave the hosting tasks up to a company who (presumably) specializes in web hosting.
A good web hosting company will provide at least the following services:
- 24/7 support
- 24/7 FTP access (so you can update your website)
- A number of email accounts (i.e. yourName@yourDomain.com)
- Online control panel for managing your website
- Online traffic statistics (so you can see how much traffic your website receives)
- A robust database management system, such as MySQL or MS SQL. This is so you can add your own database if required.
Let us look at these services in greater detail in respect of what the accetable standards should be.
1. 24/7 Suport
You ca check the response time of a web host before signing up with them. If they do not provide livechat, and the allow ticket submission or their is a contact form, you will want to deliberately send a message to observe how they are to respond to tickets. You will also want to check if their is a telephone number you can call in times of emergency.
2.. 24/7 FTP access (so you can update your website)
This is necessary for you to be able to rum updates to your website. This will include correcting an error, updating a file, software and some others. There are alternatives to the FTP update. Most web hosting environment provide an online file manager which allows you to update your website from within your online file manager. However, for some kind of updates involving certain content management systems, you will need to login to the admin dashboard.
3.. A number of email accounts (i.e. yourName@yourDomain.com)
You can confirm the number of email accounts that will be available from the web hosting features listed by your web host.. Most web host will provide a good number sufficient for you to run your business.. Some will offer unlimited email accounts.
4. Online control panel for managing your website
With an online control panel available for you to manage your website, you do not only have access to the cPanel control panel but you can manage such functions like automated domain renewal and web hosting, extend your web hosting period, use quick links to sign-in to your cPanel, manage your contacts and update your contact information and do a lot of others. Todhost provides an updated online control panel for billing and website management.
5. Online traffic statistics (so you can see how much traffic your website receives)
This feature is necessary for you to understand how your website is performing. Depending on the web building tool you implement on your website, you can view your statistics with most content management system after logging in to the admin dashboard. You can also enable a statistics module to display the feature on the website front-end. However, from the logs of your control panel you can track visitor records.
6. A robust database management system, such as MySQL or MS SQL. This is so you can add your own database if required.
The use of database driven websites has been on the rise. There has to be the possibility to create databases that can be available to link websites. This will also be available to view from the website features and you can also view how many databases you can create based on your hosting plan.
Now, if you have viewed these features and are satisfied with them, you can proceed to choose your preferred provider.
Once you start looking for a web hosting provider, you will notice there is a very large difference in how much they charge. You will also notice that most web hosts have multiple hosting plans, each at different prices. Any good web host will allow you to upgrade a plan later on if you wish to do so, so don't feel as though you need to start off on a plan that costs more than you need. You can always scale upwards as your need for web hosting resources increases.
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An example of a web hosting company with competitive prices is Todhost.com
OK, so now that we've looked at what web hosting is, let us look at the issue of an affordable web hosting for your blog
Blogging is serious business. One of the challenges of new bloggers and existing bloggers who want reliable web hosts is where to find an affordable option that fills their need for a web hosting service that gives them good sleep
The key qualities bloggers want in a web hosting provider are:
- Disk Space
- Software installation
There are lots of others features that are expected from a web host; we have noted some above but for the purpose of setting uup a website, most epeienced bloggers will be concerned about these four. There are also lots of other options that will fill your need on all these criteria but we will guarantee that Todhost.com meets your needs and does so at a very moderate rate. Let's look at each of these features.
You will probably want to start your Blog with an average of 5 posts daily. This means you will not exhaust 2GB in 2 years even with your backups. On Todhost, you can get 2GB disk space at N3,500 (about $1.75) including a free domain valued at U.S$12.00.
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The importance of server uptime far exceeds that of disk space. You can exhaust your disk space and still get visitors to your site but when your server goes down, you loose reputation. Todhost offers 99.9 percent sserver uptime. In April 2014, InternetSeer rated Todhost's server uptime at 100 percent.
The best offer in this regard is unlimited bandwidth offers. Todhost offers unlimited bandwidth.
Essentially, most bloggers want free software to install their Blog. The most popular blogging tool is WordPress. This is being offered on Todhost and updated for free.
Does the &quot;cheap&quot; mean poor quality? Obviously, Todhost's cheap web hosting service does not represent poor quality web hosting. However, their are varying plans for the shared web hosting service, each comes with a set of package and addons as well as varying prices.
Conclusion: Todhost.com offers every requirement for a cheap, yet professional, and quality web hosting service.
Why Choose Todhost!
You will find numerous reasons, those we can enumerate and those you will discover during your engagement with us and in the use of our services. However, we have outlined four basic reasons why you will want to use Todhost web hosting services:
Years of Web Hosting Experience
Since 2009 when we started web hosting business at Todhost, we have sustained our quality of service and worked hard to always improve on service delivery. Our web hosting is loved by customers for its reliability, security and all our web hosting plans are carefully tailored to provide the best service. We offer robust and dedicated disk space for web hosting and reseller hosting services and we have set very high standards for web hosting with many unlimited features including bandwidth, emails, databases and add-on domain.
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Technical Capacity and Customer Empathy
We have been around for years and have seen it all. You can always rely on our strength and technical capacity to support your online business. Todhost understands the needs of customers and so we stop at nothing to offer additional free services including website backups using R1Soft enterprise backup software, 24/7 support using telephone and our constantly monitored ticketing system.
Trust, Quality and Reliability
Todhost has been providing high quality service with unmatched reliability since 2009. We offer shared web hosting service, reseller web hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated server hosting and domain registration services. Since 2009, Our clients love our web hosting and you will love it too! Todhost's exceptional performance, experience, commitment, and continuous investment in web hosting infrastructure guarantees Superior Quality Web Hosting services in Nigeria!
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We provide free transfer services when you move your site to Todhost. We move your files, scripts, emails, databases and domain name with no downtime.
Key Website Hosting Features...
We place ourselves in the position of customers and offer the best service We see customer relationship as a partnership that requires us never to stop giving excellent service. We continue to make that best efforts that would grow with your business and support it every step of the way? We call it the Todhost Advantage, the advantage of working with the best web host in the industry. Since 2009, Todhost has distinguished itself as a versatile and trusted partner for any serious website owner. The following are only a few points of a large list of reasons why you should choose Todhost as your trusted web hosting provider.
Our web hosting technology is great and unrivaled. We are proud of our services, our clients are happy with us and we believe you too will be happy with using our services.
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