When it’s time for you to create your adult web site, you’ll have many things you need to consider. You’ll need to know how much bandwidth you’ll need and how much storage space your site will require, as well as other technical details. But will you need to use an adult web host? That depends on your content.
There are lots of different adult-only websites. Some are pornographic, some are only dating sites, some are sites that sell adult toys, and there are a multitude of others. Typically, as long as you have the proper amount of bandwidth, storage space, and other features, you will not need to use an adult web host specifically, as most general web hosts will allow this kind of content on their servers. But because these web sites will still generally see more traffic than any other kind of website, you’ll still need to speak to the web host about increased bandwidth, at the very least.
However, if you’re going to be posting pornography on your website, you must tell your web host about this, as they may not allow it. Many general web hosts don’t allow this type of material on any of their servers; and if you post it without their knowledge or their consent, they have the right to shut your site down immediately, and without any notice. This is not the case if you start off right away working with an adult web hosting, as they will be aware of what type of content you’ll be posting, and you already know that they’ll allow it.
Once you’ve found an adult web host, you have one more step. That is telling them whether you plan on using images and videos that are originally yours, or whether the material will be purchased from someone else. If you have drawn up the legal contracts for the models, found them yourself, and verified their ages, any content with those models in them is considered to be yours. This is important, because if it comes out in the end that you created that material, and that the models weren’t of legal age or that you did not have permission to post the material, you could be in legal trouble. This could still be the case if you’ve purchased material, but it’s far less likely so.
Many website owners think that just because they have an adult-only site, they must use an adult web host. But truthfully, there are almost as many different types of adult websites out there as there are different types of adults; and the type of site you have may not require an adult web host. While you still may want to use an adult web host to take advantage of all the specialty features they offer, it may also be nice to know that it’s not necessary, and that you have more options than you thought!