We’re often asked how we host websites, what the cost is, and sometimes how web hosting works. This article will explain that.
What is Web Hosting?
Web hosting is a service that allows people to post a website or web pages to the internet. A web host or hosting provider is a business that provides the necessary server technologies for the website to be viewed on the internet. All websites are stored on a server or set of servers.
Right now this website is just a series of files and folders living on a web server, and you’re accessing those files and folders.
When Internet users want to visit your website, all they need to do is type the address of the website into their browser. The browser then connects to the server to serve (show) you the web pages.
In a real life situation, You can think of the domain (like www.jaynineinc.com) as the address to a house, and the server/hosting as the actual contents of the house (the different rooms, furniture in the rooms, and so on).
How Much Does This Cost?
This question, while valid, is much like asking how much it costs for a house (think of the scenario above, where it depends on how many rooms you have, the location, what’s inside those rooms, and so on).
We have clients that pay only $15 a month for hosting, and clients that pay over $3000 a month for hosting. Here’s a breakdown of standard hosting costs:
- Portfolio based website or a small piece of custom software, generally $15 – $50 a month
- Most custom software and apps cost between $50 – $200 a month
- Larger enterprise software and apps run $200+ a month
How Does J9i Charge for Hosting?
We actually do not host websites. We work on the servers and monitor the sites, but we don’t host websites. We use one of the following hosting services:
- https://wpxhosting.com/ (this is a fantastic WordPress hosting solution)
- https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/ (most of our custom software is hosted on Microsoft’s Windows Azure)
- https://www.rackspace.com/ (some software is still on a stand-alone Windows server, which we host through RackSpace)
- https://www.hostgator.com/ (HostGator is good for brochure style websites and small business websites)
All of our clients websites are hosted on one of the above companies. After completion of the application or project, we will set up a maintenance plan or agreement with our client, and monitor/work with the hosting companies to ensure maximum up time of the website while performing necessary upgrades on the system itself.