The Internet is everywhere.

Look around any busy area and no doubt you’ll see laptops to your left, tablets to your right,  and smartphones almost everywhere–the Internet is the foundation for communication in the modern age. The web industry is emerging as a large-scale enterprise on its own, so people are no longer just dabbling part-time in creating websites, they’re using the Internet’s size and pervasiveness to take their businesses to the next level. This rise in technology makes it easier for you to create a platform to increase your visibility and build your brand, all you need is a little cash and some basic knowledge of the Internet market to get started.

Three Basic Requirements

1. A domain: Domains are like your website’s ID or address. This is what people will type into their web browser when they want to go on your website.

Buying a domain is pretty easy, just check the availability of the domain of your choice and then register it on your name. Search up domain vendors on the Internet and you’ll find plenty of options.

2. A website host: website hosts can refer to two things–a host platform that houses your website or a website provider that offers the services you all of the services necessary to run a website like IT support, storage servers, and the domain name.  This article focuses on the latter; similar to a supermarket, a web host is a one-stop shop for all the tools you need to set up and maintain your website.

3. A web storage server: The most important requirement is storage space, which makes up the foundation of your website. You need storage space for all necessary data like articles, website code, images, and videos. Then, whenever a visitor goes onto your domain, all of the website pages will start loading from the server and will appear for the user.

Kinds of storage server hosting and their individual benefits

1. Shared Hosting: If you ain’t planning to have a big website and have minimal use for the extra storage, shared hosting is likely the best option for you. In sharing a website host, you split up the resources and costs with different participants, making the setup and maintenance of your website cheaper.

2. Dedicated server hosting: If you have many websites or your website audience expands, then it may be right for you to transition to a dedicated host server. For example, if you’re planning an e-commerce website, this service will allow you to be the single owner of the server and thus provide you the freedom personally customize each aspects of your website to your liking.

3. Virtual private hosting: This is similar to shared hosting but on a smaller scale. Each participant gets to use a specified limit of resources to avoid unfair advantage of one over the other.

4. Cloud hosting: Cloud hosting is a newly launched web hosting service, in which data is spread across a network of servers to help you face lesser downtime and faster loading speed. This is best suited for larger websites with a high demand for quick and continuous access to content. Some well-known of examples of cloud computing in action include the websites for Netflix, Etsy, and Xerox.