Introduction To Web Hosting
- What is web hosting? Web hosting refers to a service that makes your website available to your users. All websites are intended to be viewed by others on the Internet. To do this, you need to make sure your website is
running on a server which is on the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is where web hosting comes in!
- What is the Internet? The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks to serve billions of users worldwide. It is a network of networks that consists of millions of private, public, academic, business
and government networks, that are linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless and optical networking technologies.
The Internet can be categorized into clients (browsers) & servers
- Browsers. What you use to get access to the Internet.
- Everytime you go to a website, your browser will send a request to the server.
- Servers. Servers are computers that kept and serve the information that you find on the Internet.
- Web hosting. The servers are leased out to people who want to make their websites available online. This process or service is called web hosting.
Types of web hosting
- Shared hosting: 1) Advantages: Cheap and easy to use; Maintained and secured by hosting provider; Technical support supplied by provider; 2) Disadvantages: Shared resources means if one site becomes really busy it
slows down the whole server; Less flexibility and options compared to VPS and dedicated hosting.
- Virtual private servers: 1) Advantages: Cost effective compared to dedicated hosting; Setup times are faster; Easily upgradeable; 2) Disadvantages: Requires technical knowledge; Technical support from provider may be
- Dedicated server: 1) Advantages: Large amount of disk space and bandwidth; Entirely flexible to your needs; Dedicated IP address; Complete administration access; 2) Disadvantages: Expensive compared to VPS and
shared hosting; Requires high levels of technical knowledge to manage.
Things to consider in getting a web hosting
- #1 Location: Choose a host that's located in the same country as your web audience. This will give you Search Engine optimization benefits and loads faster.
- #2 Support: Make sure they provide support through live chat, email ticketing and over the phone.
- #3 Resources. Check the features you are getting: Disk space & bandwidth; Number of email accounts; Programming languages (PHP, ASP.net, Java); Databases (MySQL, MS SQL, Access); CPU and RAM
- #4 Extras. Look for extras such as Simple Scripts Installer, free domain name, free advertising credits, anytime money back guarantee and etc.
- #5 Control panel. This allows you to manage your hosting and website. Make sure it is easy to use. A popular choice is cPanel.
- #6 Backups. Look for a web host which will help you to backup your data regularly.
- #7 Price. Make sure you are not sacrificing stability, support and infrastructure for price. Take consideration the resources you need.
- #8 Terms & conditions. Always read this! Make sure you know what you're getting yourself into, particularly in regards to account cancellation.
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