Web Site Hosting
A. What is web site hosting
The storage of a web site and delivery of that web site to the
Internet. A company that provides web hosting services is called
a web host,
and their detailed offers of storage, connectivity, and services
are called web hosting plans.
B. What is a Web Host Provider?
There are literally thousands of web hosting services, ranging from
individuals to worldwide corporations, and many web hosts offer
multiple web hosting plans.
A web host provider is a service provider that places your web site
on a computer which is connected to the internet. This then gives
people who surf the internet a way to access your website.
C. What kind of Web Hosting Plans are there?
There are different kinds of web hosting setups and dependent upon
your web site and budget, any of these may be the right type. This
is not a discussion of the features a web hosting plan may offer
- just a description general types of web hosting.
1. Free Web Hosting
It is possible to find free web hosting companies. These are great
for small websites, but normally you have to have a banner ad at
the top of every page. Some free accounts let you use your domain
name that you have registered (see above), and with some companies
you have to have a subdomain in order to get free web hosting (www.yoursitename.freehostingname.com).
This second type iss called Free Sub-domain hosting.
Hosting for small websites can be very cheap, and if you can answer
yes to all of the following questions, then free web hosting may
be right for you.
I don't care about having ads at the top of every page in my website
I don't care about the performance / reliability of the website
I don't expect any customer support
My website is very small and will never grow
2. Shared Hosting
This is the most common type of web hosting account and can
be very low cost. With paid shared (virtual) hosting you pay
a monthly fee
and get a share on a server. For very low cost plans you may only
have a small amount of disk space and a low amount of bandwidth
(although this will probably not be a problem for the vast
majority of websites).
With cheap virtual hosting plans you may be one site amongst hundreds
on the same server - in this case reliability may suffer. For slightly
more expensive plans you will probably find better reliability.
3. Dedicated Hosting
With dedicated hosting you have a full server dedicated to your
website. This gives you a lot more freedom and you can host potentially
of your own websites. Typically you will have access to the server
just like you have access to your PC at home. Dedicated servers
are normally reserved for large ecommerce type websites, sites
a lot of visitors (thousands a day), or for people that want to
start their own hosting company and sell shared hosting accounts.
server is more reliable, but also much more expensive being at
least $100 a month vs $1 - $20 range of a shared hosting plan.
4. Colocated Hosting
This is very similar to dedicated hosting, except that you
own the server rather than rent it. Your server is placed in
and connected to the Internet through the web hosting providers
Internet connection. You will then pay a fee for maintenance
for finding a good Web Host Provider.
First you need to figure out your web needs. Here are some questions
to ask yourself about your web site:
Disk Space: If your website is small, less than 10 pages and does
not have a shopping cart or database you can get by with 50-100 megabytes
(MB) of space. The limits go up from there. You need to figure out
how many graphics you are going to have on your site because graphics
take up a lot of space. You will also need to know if you want to
run a shopping cart from your site or maintain any kind of database
on your website. The average amount of space is around 100 MB, but
with more items like graphics and databases you add the more space
you will need.
Bandwidth: Bandwidth is always stated as a monthly limit in either
megabytes (MB) or gigabytes (GB). This is the amount of actual data
that can be transferred from the web server that holds your website,
to the browser of the person who is looking at your website. If you
go over the limit, then either you will have to be an extra fee,
or your website will not be available. The amount of bandwidth you
use is obviously related to the amount of traffic (visitors) that
you receive. For most web sites you will not need much bandwidth.
Probably 99% of all websites use less than 2 GB of bandwidth a month.
Email Accounts: How many accounts do you or your company need? Many
providers offer somewhere between 10-100 email accounts per package.
With this email feature you can create your own email address with
your domain name as the part that is after the @ sign. So if you
are registered for www.teapotdelights.com you can create an email
address like: firstname.lastname@example.org or DougStewart@teapotdelights.com.
Support: Do you like phone support or email support? With most web
hosting companies that are out there, many do not provide phone support.
In order to have phone support you may need to pay more for your
hosting package. Rarely do things go so wrong that you need to call
someone, usually if you send an email you'll get a reply within 24
hours sometimes sooner if you are contacting them during normal business
Server Type: For most, Windows 2000 is the most common type of server
to choose. Unless you are a programming guru you may not want to
Other Features: Do you want a shopping cart, databases, programming
languages available for you to use, etc. Most people don't use them
or need them.
Be careful when choosing a web hosting company. Don't be fooled
into getting a package that seems way more than you can afford or
need. If you find you do need more space, etc. most companies will
be happy to upgrade your account!
To find a web hosting company we recommend this site to help find
the right plan for you: http://www.findmyhosting.com/.
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