What is Web Hosting?

Web hosting is a service that provides businesses and individuals with the technology and support they need to host their websites on the internet. When a website is hosted, it is stored on a server that is connected to the internet. This allows people to access the website by typing its domain name into a web browser.

Web hosting services typically provide a variety of hosting plans that offer different levels of resources, such as storage space, bandwidth, and computing power. These plans can be tailored to the specific needs of a website, such as the amount of traffic the site receives and the number of features it offers. By choosing the right hosting plan, businesses and individuals can ensure that their website has the resources it needs to function smoothly and provide a good user experience.

Web hosting services have evolved significantly over the years, and they continue to do so. Some trends in the web hosting industry include the increased use of cloud-based hosting services, the growing popularity of managed hosting services, and the rise of low-cost, entry-level hosting plans. In addition, there is a growing focus on sustainability and energy efficiency in the web hosting industry, with many hosting companies investing in renewable energy sources and energy-efficient technologies.

Best Web Hosting Services I used in 2022

  1. Vercel

    The platform which took my heart. Sevelte-kit works out of the box here, also static sites and backend apps works without an issue. The Design of the site is perfect, I love it and can’t say anything bad about it! Navigation is much easier and clear for new users.

  2. Netlify

    The platform I used before Vercel and Svelte-kit. Sveltekit do support this out of the box but I faced few issues while deploying here, it could be me thing but I love vercel more. Netlify supports direct deployments and git deployments, with 100GB badwidth a month. It’s a great platform for static sites and backend apps.

  3. Glitch

  4. Render

  5. Railway

  6. GitHub Pages

    The best hosting service for static sites. Even this site is hosted on GitHub Pages. You can host your static site on GitHub Pages for free, and you can also use a custom domain name with your site. GitHub Pages is a great option for hosting a personal website or a small business website.

  7. Fleek

  8. Surge

  9. Heroku

    One of my favourite platforms for backend apps, but recently they made some bad decisions on pricing. I no longer use heroku for my projects and In my opinion, hosting providers must provide a free tier for hobby projects and small websites ( Even for testing purposes )

  10. Firebase

    Firebase is not primaraly a hosting service, with it’s serverless backend features it’s much easier even for a static site to act as a full fledged website / webapp. Also the best thing is it has a free tier so testing will be much easier. I love it! BUT! no sveltekit direct deployment support, so down the list it goes.

  11. Digital Ocean

  12. Amazon S3

  13. Hostman

  14. Cloudflare Pages

    This one directly competes with Netlify and Github Pages with all the features of Vercel, I love it, but the design and navigation is not good for new users. It’s a great platform for static sites and backend apps. Definitely worth a try!

What are the costs for these services?

Most of these services provide a free hosting plan for hobby projects and small websites. However, if you want to host a website that receives a lot of traffic or has a lot of features, you will need to upgrade to a paid plan. The cost of a hosting plan varies depending on the resources it offers and the length of time you want to use it.

Trust me, the free tier is all you need until you develop a significant size of a business. I personally provided these services for some of my clients for their business websites and those even run smoothly without any issues.

Even the back end apps run for a significant ammount of time before the termination, and something like a auto pinger can solve that issue too!

Why these services got these ranks

The main reason being I have used alot of Sveltekit on my latest developments and with that, I have evolved to choose the easiest services to intergrade with Sveltekit. Vercel is my go-to followed by Netlify and Cloudflare Pages. HOWEVER this cloudflare pages didn’t took my heart and it didn’t felt like home for a sveltekit developer. Yes there are advantages and it’s quick and efficient, But yet it’s not my favourite.