To expand the field of your business world, setting up a website for making your business a part of the online world of business, is definitely an aspect of paramount significance. Having consolidated the foundation, you; fancy of having a domain name and then follow the idea of finding web hosting for the purpose of the website you’re going to have. Primarily, you start thinking about the suitable web hosting that can help you. So, let me begin with the ABC of this world of web hosting.
How would you define web hosting?
Not just a domain name, but a group of files linked together by HTML code in order to put on view the text and graphics on a computer is what a website is all about. The compilation of your created files has to be saved somewhere in the computer (with special software) to show others, provided it has an Internet access. Generally speaking, web hosting is a renting space on a web server. A web server lets a computer have the requests from the Internet for the website files that has been stored. It also does send the files to the Internet for the purpose of displaying by the requesting computer. It is called ‘server’ fir its same approach like a waiter in a restaurant.
There are many services that are provided by a web server. It has the ability to display files to other people surfing the internet and it can provide further uses. These may include offering the ability to generate email accounts and addresses that are relevant to the domain name which will allow the sending and receiving of emails. In addition to this provision, the ability to make and control databases, show moving images and a number of other options are provided to the user. It does not matter about the computer as the software is what is important in making a server.
I don’t need to say that the monthly payment you make after purchasing a web hosting is needed for the purpose of maintaining and upgrading the server’s hardware and software. It also includes the charge of keeping it online all the time in a secure data center with the aid of a fast Internet connection, and the payment of the people who are doing all these. One can surely roll his or her computer into a web server as soon as it is decided but the idea of entrusting a dedicated person (for this job) with this job is often a better and reasonable one. It requires you to pay that person but it is ideal if the person does it in a reliable manner.
Web Hosting varieties
Shared Hosting- Websites are usually targeted to a particular section of people for a particular purpose unlike the sites like Yahoo! (Meant for everybody using Internet). So, they don’t have thousands of pages or files. This point towards the fact that websites, in general, don’t need the entire globe of resources of a web server. Let me tell you then that usually the Web servers are capable of handling hundreds of websites at once because they are powerful machines. Over 95% of all websites follow the model of shared hosting that refers to the concept of hosting more than one website on a particular server. Shared hosting is undoubtedly inexpensive as compared to the other types because it not only shares resources of the server among the clients but also the cost. This also contributes to its popularity. Shared hosting (also called virtual hosting) lets each client have a certain amount of each resource. The payment levels vary in accordance with the varied amounts of resources like disk space, bandwidth, email addresses, and many more.
Dedicated Hosting- There is many reason to choose a dedicated host. You may believe that your website will be able to draw in a high amount of visitors, you may not wish to take up most of the resources on a shared server or perhaps you do not wish to share a server with other companies that you believe may overload and crash the server. For all these reasons, having a dedicated web host may be the right decision for you. This is when a complete server is given over to be rented by one firm. Whilst the client takes control of the use of the server and its configuration, owning the machine and being responsible for the hardware is still in the hands of the web-host. If this sounds too much, semi-dedicated hosting may be preferable to your needs. This is where an entire server will be allocated to a very small number of clients and there will be clear and distinct differences marked between the organizations. Another term for this type of hosting is managed hosting and this style of hosting is a costlier experience than the one offered by shared hosting.
Server Co-Location- The best option for having everything of your web server in your own domain is to purchase one and then maintain it with the aid of your own knowledge about it. It might still not be enough to keep your server aloof from power outages, roof leaks, thieves, unwary employees and other problems. It might not be able to keep your server on the Internet on a fast connection as well but a data center endows you with all these services. One thing needs to be said here that the rental of physical security, uninterrupted electrical power and a high-speed Internet connection for a server is what we know as Co-location. It is very interesting that here you are responsible for the hardware or software maintenance of a co-located server. The data center has no part to play here. Having sufficient knowledge and time to maintain a web server, this option is better and cheaper than dedicated hosting.
UNIX Hosting- Different kinds of web hosting have already been discussed. But, to put it in the right way, one has to say that it is the variants of UNIX that the large share of web servers run on. Basically brought forth by the universities for servers and networking, The UNIX operating system has got many other versions designed by the programmers with the aid of ‘open-source protocol’ allowing them to have the code for the operating system and make any kind of amendments. Linux and BSD (the popular ones) of UNIX system provide varieties like Red Hat Linux, Debian, SuSE, and FreeBSD. If you are a web host, UNIX hosting is cheaper and better than other operating systems as you can get hold of most of its versions for free. It cuts down the cost and lets them tender lower prices. UNIX hosting platforms, which endow you with software to accomplish most web programming applications, are thought to be stable, powerful and secure. With the advancement of technology, the term ‘UNIX hosting’ now denotes any platform derived from the original UNIX.
Windows Hosting- There are clearly many products developed by Microsoft and Windows Server 2003 is one of them. In order to operate this product, a license needs to e bought and this raises costs and increases prices. Even with this cost, this type of operating system supplied by Windows is not as powerful and is less secure than the UNIX version. Products such as ASP, ColdFusion or ASP.NET are extremely popular for a number of applications and can only be run on a server like Microsoft SQL Server or Access. If you wish to use these features there is a requirement to have a host who uses Windows.
About the Author : Matt Ewing is a staff writer for WebHostingMadness.com and web hosting industry analyst. Visit WebHostingMadness.com to join him on his search for the top web hosting companies each month.