Even if we don't realize it, almost all of us use web host services every day, because hosting services are what allow people to make a site accessible on the Web. If you're starting up or changing your own website, however, a web host service is certainly one of the most important things to consider. There are so many options for hosting a website these days that it can be very difficult to determine which one is right for you, but ultimately, it comes down to the type of website you want to have.

The price of web hosting services ranges greatly, depending on the size and capacity of your website. There are free hosting services available, but many lack the ability to incorporate visual designs, as well as features like security, customer service and other feedback. If you're creating a small, personal website for fun, a free hosting site can be a good way to get started. You should, however, keep in mind that a domain name almost always costs money, but usually this purchase is really inexpensive – under $20 a year. 

If you're creating a professional website, like an online portfolio or site for your small business, shared hosting may be a better option. Shared hosting consists of one server that hosts multiple websites. Choosing this option costs money (typically under $10 a month, depending on the server), but it gives you more options with your website, such as letting you set up e-commerce or a blog.

But, you have to rely on the server, so if it fails, needs virus removal or other computer repair, your site can go down, too. That's why many bigger companies with large amounts of information, heavy traffic and more complex coding often opt for dedicated or managed hosting – in which one server manages the website.