What is hosting, and why do we need it?
A website is a set of files that should be stored somewhere. Unfortunately, website owners cannot use their personal computers for this purpose because the power of home computers is not designed to handle the workloads of frequently visited websites. It is also complicated and costly: you must connect a high-speed internet connection, keep your computer running 24 hours a day, and use a lot of electricity.
So, to keep these files, a website owner can rent space on a powerful server with constant network access and enough power to run the website smoothly. For example, a popular project with a lot of content may need the entire server.
Hosting is the service of renting computing capacities and storage space for a website. Without hosting, a website will not be able to function and will not be accessible to users. The server rental service is provided by hosting providers, and they have to ensure that servers are maintained, secured, and up and running without interruption.
There are several types of hosting:
- Shared hosting. In this case, several websites are hosted on the same server. The owners of the websites are not bound to each other and have equal rights and responsibilities. The hosting provider sets limits on using server resources to distribute resources equitably between websites.
- VPS hosting or Virtual Private/Dedicated Server. Several stand-alone virtual servers can live on a single physical server, each with its settings. The physical server's resources are allocated among all the virtual servers hosted there.
- Dedicated server. It implies a separate server with its software and operating system, which can be rented out for a single website.
- Colocation. In this case, the owner of a server places it at hosting provider facilities. In some cases, this is done together with additional hardware.
In all cases, the servers rented by the webmaster belong to the hosting providers. The only exception is colocation. In this case, the webmaster hosts its own server with the provider. As the server owner, the hosting provider can restrict access to the website hosted on its server. They can do this at their discretion, but more often, it is done at the request of the law enforcement agencies of the country in which it is registered.
What will be the output of the Hosting Checker?
The Online Hosting Checker will show you where a particular website is hosted. You will find out which hosting it is based on, and you will see the IP address, the location of the website's server, and the name of the hosting provider that manages the server.
Enter the website URL in the input field and run the check. In a few seconds, you will see the following:
- Domain's IP;
- Server location, i.e., in which country the server that hosts your website is located;
- The data center in which the server and network hosting equipment are located.
Our hosting provider checker helps you find more hosting information for free and does not require registration to get results.
The hosting checker shows not just the name of a hosting provider but all these parameters because the server's geolocation affects the website's loading speed for users. The closer the web server is to the target audience of the website, the faster the data will be transferred from the server to the users' devices.
Some hosting companies that rent out servers offer customers the choice of server locations, so that the server remains closer to the main audience. Some hosting providers may charge a fee for this service.
Why do you need to check website hosting?
Sometimes it may be useful to know what hosting provider the owners of a third-party website use. For example:
- If your website was created by someone else and you need to know who hosts your domain and which service provider your company uses, you can find out all this in seconds.
- It's also an excellent tool for competitive analysis. For example, it may be helpful to know which hosting provider your competitors work with and in which country their server is located.
- You may want to identify who hosts a slow website so that you know which hosting provider you should not use because this particular website is constantly unavailable.
Use our online hosting checker to get information about any website (yours or somebody else's). For example, you can find its IP, server, and data center location for free.
How to evaluate a hosting company
A hosting company (hosting provider) is an organization that offers to rent disk space to host a website and its server resources to put a website online and maintain 24/7 access to it.
Many companies offer their hosting services. We suggest evaluating them by all these parameters from the list to choose the best option for your website.
- Smooth operation
It is reasonable to expect your ISP to provide uninterrupted website access. Every minute that the website was unavailable entails financial losses and lost customers. Of course, you can't blame the hosting company if the website is inaccessible because your device isn't connecting to the Internet. But if the problem is really with the hosting provider, you should be compensated for the downtime.
- Download speed
A slow website is just as bad as a broken one. Few visitors have the patience to wait for your catalog to load, apply product filters, and update the shopping cart. The loading speed of webpages is also affected by the website's hosting. Whether you update content, apply new styles, adjust animations or make other changes, all these can slow down a website's loading, so we suggest periodically analyzing the loading stages in our hosting provider checker to scan website speed.
To run your website effectively, you must choose a hosting provider carefully to ensure that it provides good technical support. This is especially important for inexperienced users. Look for a company that offers a knowledge base with detailed instructions and the option to ask for help through various communication channels such as email, chat, social media, and messengers. Technical support should respond quickly to your problems and solve problems fast.
Feedback from others who have already used a hosting provider's services can be beneficial at the first stage. Please pay attention to what other customers say about the support service, the speed of the servers, their capacity, and fees for using extra features. Check at least several websites with reviews.
Your desire to save money is very understandable and reasonable. Still, it is worth considering the cost of hosting and other factors before choosing a plan. Take your time and look at the reliability of the service. Check out other users' reviews to assess the reliability and security level.
Finally, a good hosting provider should be able to provide 24/7 access to your website without interruptions, guarantee fast loading of webpages, allow you to choose geolocation of the server (and make sure that it is the same as your target audience), provide prompt technical support and be affordable.
Perfect hosting is hard to find, so focus on your goals. For example, if you have a small website, you can save money and choose inexpensive hosting with basic options and monthly payments. On the other hand, if you are working on an online shop or other serious e-commerce business, focus primarily on website load speed and uptime.