What is Hosting?
The Wikipedia definition of hosting is, 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. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server owned or leased for use by clients, as well as providing Internet connectivity, typically in a data center.
Do I need hosting?
Yes, if you are really serious about being in business then hosting a website is like owning your own land or warehouse/factory. From your hosting account you can then create websites, which is like shop buildings or office buildings that you can do business from.
Your website is an important asset of your business. It is like owning a property. Be sure when you purchase website services or hosting that you have account login access to your hosting account so you always have the ability to change hosting providers if you decide you are not happy with the service they provided. The login details to your hosting is like owning the deeds to your property.
And, if you are based in the UK and want to get business from clients in the UK, then I would really strongly recommend you use a hosting company whose servers are in the UK, and that’s something that only the top search engine optimisation specialists and consultants would know and comes from a lot of years of experience in internet marketing.
What is hosting?
1and1 are one of the biggest hosting companies in Europe and probably the world with over 11 Million customers and an enviable list of awards. On the upside they offer 24/7 online support (here is a little sneaky tip- this is the local number so you don’t have to pay 0870 prices they charge for support 01753 490401) The downside is they don’t have their servers hosted in the UK and they have so many clients you don’t get a personal service from thier Indian customer service call centres.
eUKhost are a good company to use in the UK and their datacentres are based in Milton Keynes and Maidenhead, so if you want business in the UK great and if you live near those two towns even better. They have some very well priced hosting packages and good support from the UK rather than a foreign call centre.