What’s Hosting?


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In order to have a website, you need to have that site hosted online.

What exactly is hosting and how do you choose the right hosting provider for you? Should you just go with the cheapest provider you can find?

In this episode, I interview Kyler Patterson from my hosting provider, Hostgator. We discuss the pros and cons of different types of hosting packages and I get Kyler to explain all those confusing terms.

We’ll help you figure out what are your most important decision criteria so you can make the best decision for you and your situation.

If you’re a visual person, you’ll want to be sure to watch the video interview and demo Kyler did with me. That will be released on the show’s video channel which launches the week of January 11th.

Show Notes

When you listen to this episode, you’ll discover:

  • the trade-offs you make when using a free or low-price provider
  • Questions to ask yourself when trying to decide on a hosting company
  • What to look for in a high-quality hosting company
  • How to maintain control when your developer or web master “hosts” your site as part of your package
  • Tips to keep your site safe


  • Hosting
  • Blog
  • Domain Name
  • Terms of Service (TOS)
  • Managed Hosting
  • Server
  • Data Centers
  • Hosting Providers
  • Reseller
  • Developer
  • Designer
  • Live Chat
  • Server
  • Scripts
  • Shared Server
  • Virtual Private Server (VPS)
  • Managed Hosting
  • C-panel
  • WordPress
  • Weebly
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • Magento
  • Tomato Cart
  • 400 Errors
  • Databases
  • Knowledge Base
  • Support
  • Pre-sale Questions
  • Pinging
  • Servers
  • Streamcloud / Sound Cloud
  • Dedicated Server
  • Gifs
  • Scripts
  • Apps
  • DDOS attack
  • SSL Certificate

    Links and Resources Mentioned in the Episode

    Hostgator – use code TECHSHOW and get 30% off your package!
    Site Lock
    Hostgator’s You Tube Channel

    Additional Resources

    Here are some articles I found while researching and preparing for the interviews I did with Kyler. If you’re a researcher like me you might want to check them out.

    Join the Conversation

    I want this show to be something that inspires conversation. Head over to Facebook and join the show’s group. Tell us what made you choose your hosting provider.  If you don’t have a host, what keeps you from choosing one? You can use #LetsTalkTech or tag me with @winnie_anderson.


    About the Show

    I’m a best-selling author, course creator, coach, and consultant. I help entrepreneurs and small business owners embrace and communicate what makes them unique, and get their message out in a bigger way.

    This show wouldn’t exist without my production assistant, Judy Jordan. She’s unflappable, smart, and incredibly tech-savvy.

    And the show’s branding wouldn’t look as great as it does without Sue Brettell, my creative director and brand manager.