Web Hosting Yesterday and Today
It is a well-known fact that the web hosting industry has become very competitive nowadays when it comes to making appealing offers to fresh, new customers, all with different requirements and budgets. This industry branched out, depending on the needs based on supply and demand, trying to attract any kind of clients from simple blog starters up to those requiring cloud hosting.
What is Web Hosting?
In order to access a website, one must own or rent a server on which to store a website’s data, to make the website available on the Internet. Back in the old days, around the birth of the internet, web hosting was a new highly sought service, which was fiercely competitive. Budgets were high; some companies were low on the ethical side and did everything they could to abuse the search engines at that time in order to produce a lot of hits on their hosting services or the sites they owned. If you were fast enough and informed enough, back in those days you could’ve had an online monopoly. It was a possibility to buy exclusive rights over certain keywords, which gave you the power to effectively own a certain niche from a specific search engine.
Nowadays, this monopoly system involving exclusive rights over certain advertising has vanished, being replaced by a more modern, free market system, giving everyone a chance based on who bids most.
An example of a monopoly over the web services industry would be the biggest company at that time, “Verio”. Before the “dot com” age emerged, this company, with an enormous capital, started buying out exclusive advertising rights for everything related to web hosting.
Which Web Hosting Company to Pick?
Nowadays, with the Internet becoming a household necessity and not just a luxury, new markets have opened up for the hosting providers. Due to this development and branching within the industry, a customer looking for someone to host his website, needs to first analyze what the purpose of his website is and with this taken into account, start looking for the best web hosting provider. Because of the variety of needs, companies emerged to focus on just one branch in the web hosting environment, such as dedicated hosting companies, reseller hosting companies, providers for small businesses or companies addressing purely WordPress web hosting.