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What is Web Hosting?
Web hosting is basically an Internet service that allows companies and
individuals to create their own space on the Internet.
Web hosting companies have
servers that act as data centers. Customers will give files to their web
hosting companies and those files will be stored in the data centers.
They can then be found by anybody who wants to visit that personís or
There are many web hosting services available, mainly these are divided
between free web hosting and paid web hosting. Free web hosting is just
that Ė free and the customer doesnít pay a thing. This is more suitable
towards people who are just beginning to have a website on the Internet.
A paid web hosting company will charge for their services and offer more
features to their customers. This is ideal for small companies that are
going to be expanding or for large companies. Free web hosting will only
allow for limited space and sub domains for the personís site.
There are many different paid web hosting companies that can be found
online. The prices will depend on what type of services they offer. One
can choose from a dedicated server, where one server will be dedicated
to only that personís file, or from a shared server. This is when many
people are using the same server. Itís best to start with a shared
server to see if the web hosting company offers what is needed. If the
individual is satisfied with the service, it is then an appropriate time
to move to a dedicated server.
Web Hosting Service and domain name
If you want to publish your website on the internet, you need web
hosting service. Alternatively, like some corporations, you can own your
web server, line and networks to start publishing your website. We don't
recommend the latter, because it is very costly to run and maintain. I
will explain to you some of the terms that are essential for you to know
before you begin to find a suitable host for your site.
A data center is a collection of
database, servers, computer networks and software widely used to deploy
and support hosting services and computing application services. Because
a data center can be very expensive to maintain and upgrade. Companies
are increasingly looking to outsource these routine operations so that
they can focus on higher priority technology projects like e-commerce
and customer relationship management.
Shared and Dedicated Hosting
These two terms are widely used on the
internet to describe the services that a web hosting provider can offer
you. Shared hosting is multiple web sites residing on a single
server/computer. Shared hosting is sometimes referred to as virtual
servers, and definitely cheaper than dedicated host, because your site
is residing on a server that also hosts other websites. A normal web
server usually can accommodate up to 250 websites. On the other hand, a
dedicated server is a computer that hosts only your site. Dedicated
servers provide more hard-drive space and greater autonomy and
flexibility, including choice of software, operating systems, and
database management systems. A dedicated host often costs from US$99 per
month to US$500 per month.
To choose between a shared and a dedicated host depends on the volume of
traffic to your site and the amount of control and flexibility that you
want on your hosting account. In a shared environment, other sites on
the same server that you host are competing to use the server resources,
and if your site has high traffic, it is wise that you switch to a
dedicated server that can serve your web users faster without
sacrificing any other hosts.
However, if you are fairly new to web hosting with a limited budget,
shared hosting is the recommended solution for your site. The primary
advantage in choosing a virtual server over a dedicated server is
significant savings in setup and operating costs. Shared hosting prices
usually start from US$8 per month to US$50 per month depending on the
features, software and hardware that a host can provide you.
Click here to view a few examples of shared hosting services
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A domain name is a unique alphanumeric name used to identify a
particular host (computer) such as a Web server or Email server on the
Internet. In another words, it is the main part of what is known as your
site's Uniform Resource Locator (URL) on the World Wide Web.
Domain names allow Internet users to type in a name, such as
http://resellerhostingsite.com/, to identify a numeric address such
as 188.8.131.52. The main purpose of domain names is to allow web
users to connect to the Internet and find websites or send email to
addresses with familiar names such as "email.com" or "eudoramail.com"
without having to memorize the IP addresses.
A domain name and a web site, connected together allows you to have a
web presence on the internet and allows you to manage email addressed to
your domain. The capabilities and features of your web site and your
email will depend on the web hosting provider.
Usually, to start hosting, you need to register a domain name first.
Domain name registration cost from US$8.00 to US$35 per depending on the
domain registrar. We recommend that you register your domain names with
an ICANN accredited registrar
Shared Hosting Services
Shared Web Hosting, otherwise known as virtual hosting, is were more
than one customer is sharing the same server. Shared Web Hosting is
usually more economical than going Non-Shared since all the customers on
the server are splitting the servers maintenance and upkeep costs.
Shared Hosting is split into several sub-categories. We call these sub-categores
hosting communities. Currently, Web Host Magazine & Buyers Guide
recognizes twelve Shared Hosting communities. They are Budget, Unix &
Linux, Reseller, Windows, Enterprise, E-Commerce, VPS, ColdFusion, PHP,
ASP, FrontPage, and Family Hosting.
Hosting plans found in these communities share like attributes and
features and often times these communities overlap. Although they
overlap, each community has its own specific criteria that has been
forged over the years.