An introductory guide to website hosting
There are many different options for hosting your website depending on your requirements and the type of site you have. Once your website has been built and you’ve acquired your domain name, you need to place your site on a server so that it can be seen and accessed by users on the internet via their PC or mobile device. There are a number of different ways to host your website and selecting the right option depends on two main factors: what is the purpose of your website, and what is your budget?

Hosting with LEVEL

Level has its own server which is available for Level clients to host their website on. Our server is constantly monitored and the latest security patches are applied. We take daily backups which are retained for 7 days so your site will always be safe. However, the biggest advantage of hosting your site with Level is that the people who design, write and maintain your site also host it so as well as having a direct contact to support, we’re also the best placed to make any performance related changes to your site to ensure that it’s operating to its full potential.

WordPress Hosting

If your site is built using WordPress with Level, you have the additional option of taking out our WordPress maintenance plan. There are over 75 million WordPress websites around the world so your WordPress site is built on an established, mature platform. However, like any widespread technology, its size makes it a target for malicious activity so WordPress issue regular security updates as well as consistent feature updates. If you’re on our WordPress maintenance plan, we’ll test your site against any new WordPress major releases and critical security patches before it’s deployed to make sure it is compatible. If any changes are required to your site, we’ll make those at no extra cost.

Choosing Your Own Hosting

If you choose to organise your own hosting we recommend that you go with a New Zealand based hosting company. It may be a little more expensive than an overseas option but you will get better service and support. There are a number of different 3rd party hosting options available.

Free Hosting There are free hosting options available for example www.wordpress.com, however, they come with many conditions including placing web ads on your sites pages, which can have a negative impact on how your business is perceived. Free servers can also be slow performing as there are generally many other websites being hosted on the server. Free hosting also limits growth, as you have limited server space, to in order to grow you will need to upgrade to a shared hosting plan.

Shared Hosting – Shared hosting means that you share the resources of the server (CPU, data, memory and disk space) with other websites. You won’t know which other sites or how many other sites are sharing the server with you. The main reason for picking this option is you have a small, static website (whose content won’t change much). It’s also usually the cheapest subscription based hosting option. Another version of shared hosting is ‘virtual private server’ hosting, where you have dedicated space on someone elses’ server, but you will be responsible for server updates and patches.

Cloud Hosting Cloud hosting means your server is entirely virtual. A cloud server pulls it resources from an underlying network of physical web servers. Cloud hosting follows the utility model where the computing power your site needs is available as a service rather than a product – this means typically you’ll pay a per day charge.

Dedicated Hosting A server that is not shared with any other client so the full power of the server is available to your site.