Web Site Hosting – An Easy Guide

Written by Calin Indre

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Reseller Web Hosting

When web-hosting providers offer their services, typically with a discount, to a third-party (a reseller that will thus become a web-hosting provider itself) andrepparttar latter subsequently offers web-hosting services under his branding.

Indeed technicallyrepparttar 105951 reseller web hosting is very similar to shared web hosting, as many web sites end up sharing space and bandwidth onrepparttar 105952 same web server.

The resellers usually are web designers or web developers who offer web hosting services as part of their integrated services. Asrepparttar 105953 web-hosting provider offers resellers important discounts,repparttar 105954 price they can offer is amongrepparttar 105955 smallest inrepparttar 105956 industry.

Compared withrepparttar 105957 shared web hosting, this system has technical support problem. It takes time and communication problems may occur onrepparttar 105958 course of your problem fromrepparttar 105959 reseller torepparttar 105960 web-hosting provider.

Unless your site is a personal web site or non-commercial one, this poor support issue is enough to not consider this your primary option.

Continuing this line of thought, how can you distinguish a reseller from a real web-hosting provider? It’s notrepparttar 105961 professional design ofrepparttar 105962 web site, not evenrepparttar 105963 support contact facilities offered as may resellers might have contracts withrepparttar 105964 provider onrepparttar 105965 technical support andrepparttar 105966 person taking your calls might be working forrepparttar 105967 provider and identify himself to you as an employee ofrepparttar 105968 reseller.

Solid company information is made available usually only by serious providers. The price, that can get as low as under 5$/month is another hint, but you should consider it carefully with prices dropping throughrepparttar 105969 industry.

Dedicated Web Hosting

In dedicated web hosting one single web server is rented to a single customer.

Although this isrepparttar 105970 common belief, web-hosting providers usually divide a single web server computer between up to three customers.

Onrepparttar 105971 other hand there are web-hosting providers that actually give an entire web server to a customer. Even with three customers sharingrepparttar 105972 web server,repparttar 105973 dedicated web hosting option offersrepparttar 105974 customersrepparttar 105975 option to host more than one web site, configurerepparttar 105976 software to best meetrepparttar 105977 needs of his site or scalerepparttar 105978 available bandwidth.

The high prices combined withrepparttar 105979 availability of resources recommend this type of web hosting for highly important web sites such as e-commerce sites.

Co-location Web Hosting

Co-locating web hosting is similar with dedicated web hosting. The main difference is that while in dedicated web hostingrepparttar 105980 web server computer belongs torepparttar 105981 web-hosting provider and is only rented byrepparttar 105982 customer, in co-locating web hostingrepparttar 105983 customer ownsrepparttar 105984 web server computer.

The web-hosting provider only housesrepparttar 105985 web server computer and sells bandwidth torepparttar 105986 customer. This givesrepparttar 105987 customer using co-locating web hosting full control ofrepparttar 105988 web server combined withrepparttar 105989 security ofrepparttar 105990 data center.

Now you should be equipped withrepparttar 105991 necessary information to decide on you web hosting.

You shouldn’t try and findrepparttar 105992 lowest price possible, but give some extra thought torepparttar 105993 quality of service you are buying and torepparttar 105994 support offered by a web host provider.

Calin Indre is editor at HostPinPin (www.hostpinpin.com), a Cheap Web Hosting Directory.

HostPinPin.com is a resource for webmasters and consumers looking to find a web hosting company. Providing web hosting articles, tips, web hosting reviews and more.

This article may be reprinted or published without the authors consent as long as the “About” and “weblinks” are kept intact.

Dedicated Web Hosting : The Executive Summary

Written by Rodel Garcia

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Server administrators must be able to apply kernel upgrades, service packs, and software patches, as well as provide ample security, monitor traffic, update server applications, balance server loads, and configure email, FTP, and DNS services.

In exchange for competency inrepparttar above functions,repparttar 105950 best uses for a dedicated web server environment would be:

· mission-critical sites requiring custom server management and software implementation. · dedicated hosting resellers, web developers and designers who need greater flexibility, reliability and security for their clients · backbones of corporate intranets · robust and dependable servers for streaming media, online gaming, and e-mail or chat applications · complex application sites with high traffic and secure information such as ecommerce, database, and multimedia sites. · enterprise-level web sites · Web sites which may have content restrictions if hosted elsewhere (e.g. adult targeted sites.)

How to decide: Overall,repparttar 105951 cost, security of data and equipment, bandwidth availability,repparttar 105952 knowledge and integrity ofrepparttar 105953 web-hosting provider, uptime, hardware maintenance, and any technical support offered byrepparttar 105954 dedicated web host are important deciding factors. Although your specific dedicated web hosting needs may be unique in a few ways, generally, one can make a decision on a dedicated web server provider by consideringrepparttar 105955 following things:

Data Transfer Rates: Data transfer will need to be determined based onrepparttar 105956 amount of information that will be downloaded, as well asrepparttar 105957 type of content a site will be sharing (general text vs. high resolution graphics and multimedia). A dedicated web host will generally have various packages that will allow one to chooserepparttar 105958 data transfer level, normally measured in “gigabytes per month”. Higher levels of data transfer rates normally mean more cost, so utilization ofrepparttar 105959 first few months to correlate data transfer rates and traffic patterns is key.

Platforms: The two most common systems available are Windows based servers versus some flavor of UNIX (Linux and Solaris). Windows is historically more expensive, but is generally regarded as more user-friendly, especially withrepparttar 105960 ubiquitous presence of Windows-based pc’s and administrators. Linux, onrepparttar 105961 other hand, is less expensive to install, but harder to maintain, as a steeper learning curve exists for those unfamiliar with it. Therefore,repparttar 105962 operating system installed on a dedicated web server should depend on a couple of factors.

First,repparttar 105963 platform should be conducive torepparttar 105964 coding in whichrepparttar 105965 website and necessary applications are developed. Next, since administration ofrepparttar 105966 dedicated server will be done byrepparttar 105967 subscriber,repparttar 105968 necessary skill base to supportrepparttar 105969 platform must be in place. Commands and administration techniques are definitely platform-specific.

Monitoring: Dedicated server monitoring works to prevent service interruptions. The web host will provide a service that can, at a pre-set frequency, check a website to see downtime.

Automation: Although dedicated web servers may require a greater degree of skill, certain dedicated web hosting companies may offer software that will automate common procedures, thus lesseningrepparttar 105970 high level knowledge necessary to maintain servers and implement new services.

Data Backup: Some dedicated web hosting providers assistrepparttar 105971 web hosting subscriber with data backups. Finding a dedicated server provider who will assist in this process could alleviaterepparttar 105972 hassle of doing it yourself and can allow one to devote time to other things.

Scalability: Dedicated web hosting providers should be able to account for major growth. Progressive expansion can be accounted for by asking a web host if modules of extra space, bandwidth, or better yet, larger packages can be purchased to allow easy transition to better hardware and software.

Service Level Agreements: More dedicated web hosts are publishing their SLA’s, which thoroughly documents what they will do in exchange for whatrepparttar 105973 customer is responsible for. For instance, some dedicated server hosts are offering features such as: 100% uptime guarantees, unlimited live answer technical phone-based support, free upgrades of patches, hot-fixes, personal Dedicated Sales account managers, maintenance staff with spare parts for all server configurations, and more. A full understanding ofrepparttar 105974 commitment that a dedicated web host is offering will help in a decision to utilize that service.

Rodel Garcia is a freelance programmer and web developer. Owner and webmaster of http://www.web-hosting-service-directory.com/

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