In name-based virtual hosting, also called shared IP hosting, the virtual hosts serve multiple hostnames on a single machine with a single IP address. This is possible because when a web browser requests a resource from a web server using HTTP/1.1 it includes the requested hostname as part of the request. The server uses this information to determine which website to show the user.
We don’t limit the amount of visitor traffic a website can receive or the amount of content you can upload to your website so long as you comply with our Terms of Service. If your website demands resources that present a risk to the stability, performance, or uptime of our servers, we will notify you to take corrective action and may restrict the resources or ask you to choose a plan more suitable to your needs.
Our favorite WordPress hosting provider is DreamHost, but there's plenty of room for other great alternatives. We've looked at many of the most popular hosting providers, narrowing them down to what works best for different situations such as for your business needs, a small vanity project, or somewhere in between. Regardless, there are many great WordPress hosting services out there.
This might be an odd one to look at, but as a web design agency, we just can’t help it. If the website of the web host that you’re researching looks incredibly outdated, has a bad UX, or doesn’t have a decent SSL certificate… how good can their actual hosting services be? Would they also be outdated? Our guess is yes, so we try to avoid those as much as possible.
Yes, absolutely. Our goal at DreamHost is to be the webmaster's web host. From SSH access to the ability to easily host multiple websites with sub-account logins, our control panel is custom built to cater to developers and web designers. (But we're still simple enough even if you aren't.) Many of our developer/designer customers start with Shared hosting and when they're ready for more power upgrade to our VPS hosting.
If you're not sure of the type of hosting your business needs, you might want to start small, with shared Web hosting. You can always graduate to a more robust, feature-rich package of, say, VPS hosting or even dedicated hosting in the future. Unfortunately, some hosts don't offer all hosting types. Consider how much you expect to grow your website, and how soon, before you commit to anything longer than a one-year plan. It's worth spending the time up front to make sure that the host you select with is able to provide the growth you envision for your site, as switching web hosting providers midstream is not a trivial undertaking.
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