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It can be easy for a newcomer to confuse web design with web hosting due to the abundance of web hosting companies also offering website builders, such as Wix, GoDaddy, and Squarespace. However, these two are fundamentally different services that both play an integral part in websites reaching their intended audiences. Web design is the ability to build your website’s appearance and functions, while web hosting is the act of providing a server where all of a website’s files are stored. If your website’s files are not stored on a physical server, people will not be able to access it through the Internet. This makes web hosting the most essential service for maintaining a website.
However, web design is also important for getting the most out of your website, and the type of web hosting service you use has some significant effects on accomplishing your web design goals. Different types of web hosting can handle different amounts of traffic and using the wrong type of web hosting for your website could lead to speed and performance issues. If you are building a small website or a blog that won’t be fielding a lot of traffic, you can use shared hosting, the cheapest option, without any problems. If you are building an e-commerce website that needs to process a lot of orders, you might want to use some of the more personalized options such as dedicated hosting and VPS hosting.