Website hosting - or web hosting - is the service that will get your website online. A website is basically a set of files including code, appearance instructions, and of course databases containing your content. To turn these files into a dazzling website you need hosting services; shared web hosting will place your files in your allocated server space, which then turns the files into a live website. The server is responsible for sending these files through the internet to any website visitors wishing to access your site.
Hosting is crucial to the success of any website. Placing your files online is not the end of the story. Once your website is live, you will require the shared hosting to load your website at very fast speeds to your visitors. Potential delays and buffering can cause viewers to navigate away from your site without ever having seen it properly. Also, what will the website hosting providers do in terms of security? A website’s uptime is immensely important: it can be very damaging to your business if your website can’t be seen due to server problems. This is why WestHost offer only the best in infrastructure and service. With almost 20 years of online experience, we are at the top of our game, which in turn means your website will be too.
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I just want a basic website
First personal web hosting plan? This is your package. As hub for affordable web hosting solutions WestHost provides the most complete personal website hosting plan available. With our Personal hosting plan, you'll find just how easy web hosting is. Test-drive our Personal web hosting plan today for a small cost with no obligation!
I want multiple websites and a service I can grow with
Our most popular choice! - The Preferred solution is where power meets affordable Web hosting. You'll be amazed at the speed, performance and power at your fingertips. The Preferred solution combines all the best features with incredible scalability to meet the demands of a growing website. Ideal for bloggers, content management systems and fundamental web development projects, the Preferred solution provides incredible space, bandwidth and freedom for the growing, professional site.
Hold on to your keyboard - the Business website hosting plan bundles an amazing amount of features, speed and unprecedented value by throwing out the barriers! If you're looking for a small business web hosting plan to build a powerful, online e-commerce store, look no further; you'll be up and selling in no time. Designed for the business professional, our Business hosting package does it all so your bottom line is nothing but black. Don't need to sell online?
Still not quite sure that one of these packages holds what you're looking for? We offer many more products and services! Try out our easy-to-use Product Selector to help you find the right product to meet your needs.
Best Features of WestHost Web Hosting
You can host multiple websites on our shared servers, which your wallet will be happy about.
Offerings include ecommerce hosting, shared hosting, and unlimited hosting.
You'll be able to quickly and easily set-up apps and software in one click. The time you save here will earn you dollars later, after all.
All You Can Eat
We give you plenty of bandwidth and storage options for any type of website, so you can plan to budget in the exact specs you need.
At any point in the process contact our 24/7/365 expert support via chat, phone or email. Our US based agents will help you answer any question in a timely manner.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does WestHost have a "Control Panel" or some other utility to manage my website?
Yes, WestHost features an enhanced user interface that is fully integrated with cPanel. Our single-sign on control panel gives you access to domain registrations, SSL certificates, and other hosting account features. Our hosting accounts feature cPanel which is the industry leading control panel and provides a rich online environment from where you can manage your web hosting.
Can I add software to my account?
Yes. You have complete control over all aspects of your account, including the installation of software. If you install software not included in your hosting plan, we cannot guarantee its functionality and it will not be supported by our technical support staff. However, because we offer support for Perl, PHP, MySQL, and other programming languages, you have very few limitations when it comes to which software you can install. Finally, WestHost is constantly adding new and exciting software applications that can be installed automatically through the control panel at any time
What is the difference between name-based and IP-based hosting?
Name-based hosting is when hosting sites share a single IP address, with site traffic directed by the server to the appropriate hosting account by examining 'host headers'. IP-based hosting accounts come with a unique IP address that is not shared with anyone else. At any time, for an additional $2 per month, you can convert a name-based account to an IP based account.
Some of the features that require IP based hosting are:
Purchasing your own SSL certificate and using your own domain name for SSL access (secure socket layer).
Anonymous FTP (file sharing) for your visitors is not possible under name-based hosting.
Running scripts or software that requires a unique IP.
How can I change my account from name-based to IP-based?
If your account is on a plan that is name-based and you would like it to be IP-based, you can do so by logging into your control panel at chi.westhost.com and ordering an IP address add-on for your hosting service. The charge for doing this is only $2 per month; or sign up for our Business plan and get it for free. It is billed with the same period as the hosting service it applies to.
Can I monitor my disk space and bandwidth usage?
Yes. You may monitor disk space and bandwidth usage from within your cPanel control panel.
How much does additional bandwidth cost?
If you need additional bandwidth for your account you will need to upgrade to a larger plan. You can upgrade to a larger plan through your control panel at chi.westhost.com. The cost will depend upon the plan you select. You can also log into your control panel at any time to view your current bandwidth usage statistics.
Can I upgrade my account if I need to?
Yes. You can upgrade your account at anytime. You will pay the difference between your current account and your new account. There are no extra fees involved in upgrading. You can upgrade your account by logging into your control panel.
How do I transfer files to my website?
Files must be transferred to the Web server via File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or your account's Web-based File Manager. If you need FTP, SSH, mail, or other Internet software, visit ZDNet Software Library. ZDNet Software Library is a source for the latest Internet applications with ratings and reviews to help you decide which application is best suited for your needs. An FTP tutorial is also available for beginner users who may not be familiar with FTP. We also provide a Web-based File Manager to make it even easier for you to upload your files.
Will I have unlimited access to update and make changes to my pages?
You have unlimited access via FTP and the Web-based File Manager 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. As such, you can create and maintain your Web pages on your own computer and upload files to your website at your leisure.
How long does it take to set up a new account?
New accounts are guaranteed to be set up within 24 hours from the time we receive your order. Once an account is set up an activation notice will be sent to you via e-mail including your account information. You can begin uploading files to your new website immediately. You will be given a temporary web address to access the site prior to the completion of either domain registration or domain transfer so you can start working with your account right away.
Can I use my account for commercial purposes?
Yes, you can use your account to build and run your business, including e-commerce. The World Wide Web has become an efficient and cost-effective means of making information available to a wide user base, and we encourage our clients to use this flexible medium. The Business plan is the least expensive way to get everything you need to start selling online.
Can I subdivide my space and resell it?
Yes, we do allow you to create subdirectories (http://www.yourdomain.com/something/) which you can use to offer friends or clients space as long as it's within our policy guidelines.
Can you host domain names other than .com .net .org .biz .info and .us?
WestHost can host any domain name. However, we only offer a limited assortment of domains that can be registered or transferred to us. For a list of these domains please visit our order form.
Can I have additional domain names point to my hosting account?
You will have the option to point multiple domains at the same directory (e.g. domain.com and domain.net point to the same place), or to separate directories (e.g. domain1.com to /domain1directory/, domain2.com to /domain2directory/).
What is WestHost's DNS information?
The following below are WestHost's DNS information, you can use this when registering a new domain name or modifying an existing domain name.
Existing domain name
Primary Name Server: NS1.WESTSERVERS.NET
Primary Name Server IP: 184.108.40.206
Secondary Name Server: NS2.WESTSERVERS.NET
Secondary Name Server IP: 220.127.116.11
New domain name
Do you offer Internet access?
No, you will need local Internet access in order to access your website and retrieve e-mail from your account.
Do you support Apache JSP or Apache Tomcat?
No, we do not currently offer this option.
Do you require "Forced Advertising" on my website?
No, we do not require any forced advertising on your website. Once you sign up for an account, you have complete control over content and information contained in your website. As long as you stay within our Policy and Guidelines, you can display anything you like.
Do you offer Windows based hosting?
Not at this time. WestHost currently runs all Linux based servers. If you are interested in running windows based hosting please check out our other products = Dedicated Server.
How is billing handled?
Depending on the plan, you have your choice of quarterly, annually, 2-year, or 3-year billing. By default your hosting fees will automatically be deducted from your credit card each billing interval. If you do not want your credit card automatically charged each billing interval, you can choose to be billed manually.