A Beginner Guide to Web Hosting

Written by Andrew Loh

What is web hosting? Whenever you visit a website, what you see on your web browser is essentially just a web page that is downloaded fromrepparttar web server onto your web browser. In general, a web site is made up of many web pages. And a web page is basically composed of texts and graphic images. All these web pages need to be stored onrepparttar 134305 web servers so that online users can visit your website.

Therefore, if you plan to own a new website, you will need to host your website on a web server. When your website goes live onrepparttar 134306 web server, online users can then browse your website onrepparttar 134307 Internet. Company that providesrepparttar 134308 web servers to host your website is called web hosting providers.

A well-established web hosting provider sometimes hosts up to thousands of websites. For example,repparttar 134309 ‘Best Web Host ofrepparttar 134310 Year 2003’ award winner, iPowerWeb, is a web hosting company that hosts more than 200,000 websites. For that reason, a web hosting company need many web servers (essentially, these are computers) to ‘store’repparttar 134311 website. And all these web servers are connected torepparttar 134312 Internet through high speed Internet connection and housed in a physical building called ‘data center’. In order to guarantee allrepparttar 134313 web servers are safe, secure and fully operational all time, a data center is a physically secure 24/7 environment with fire protection, HVAC temperature control, virus detections, computer data backup, redundant power backup and complete disaster recovery capabilities.

What arerepparttar 134314 different types of web hosting? There are different kinds of web hosting companies out there with different characteristics. The main types of web hosts can be organized intorepparttar 134315 following categories:

a. Shared Hosting

In shared hosting (also known as virtual web hosting), many websites are sharingrepparttar 134316 space onrepparttar 134317 same physical web servers. Depending onrepparttar 134318 web host, a physical web server can hosts a few hundred to even thousand of different websites at one time. You may wonder if a physical web server is shared by so many websites, willrepparttar 134319 performance ofrepparttar 134320 web server deteriorate? In fact, web servers are usually equipped with high-end powerful computer, therefore it can support up to a certain number of websites without any problem. But whenrepparttar 134321 web server is overloaded and exceededrepparttar 134322 reasonable number of websites that it can support, then you will begin to experience a slower response fromrepparttar 134323 web server.

However, a reputable and experience web hosting provider will constantly monitorrepparttar 134324 performance ofrepparttar 134325 web server and will add new web servers when deem necessary without sacrificingrepparttar 134326 benefits ofrepparttar 134327 website owners. Since a physical web server is shared (diskspace, computer processing power, bandwidth, memory) by many websites,repparttar 134328 web hosting provider can therefore afford to offer a lower hosting price. Forrepparttar 134329 same reason, websites onrepparttar 134330 shared hosting would have to accept slower server response time. Typically, shared hosting plans start at $5 - $20 per month.

b. Dedicated Hosting

In contrast to shared hosting, dedicated hosting assigned a specific web server to be used only by one customer. Since a dedicated web server is allocated to only a single customer,repparttar 134331 customer hasrepparttar 134332 option to host single/multiple web sites, modifyrepparttar 134333 software configuration, handle greater site traffic and scalerepparttar 134334 bandwidth as necessary. Therefore, dedicated hosting commands a higher premium and typically starts at $50 per month and can range up to $200 - $500 per month. As a result, dedicated hosting is regularly used by high traffic and extremely important website.

c. Co-location hosting

In dedicated hosting,repparttar 134335 web server belongs torepparttar 134336 web hosting providers and customers only rentrepparttar 134337 web server duringrepparttar 134338 hosting period. While in co-location hosting,repparttar 134339 customer ownsrepparttar 134340 web server hardware and only housed their web server withinrepparttar 134341 web hosting provider’s secure data center. In this way,repparttar 134342 customer has full control over their web server and simultaneously benefit fromrepparttar 134343 24/7 server monitoring and maintenance provided byrepparttar 134344 secure data center. Depending onrepparttar 134345 monthly bandwidth and rack space required, typically co-location hosting range from $500 - $1000 per month.

4 things to look out for in choosing a web hosting platform

Written by Arvind Gawade

Withrepparttar hundreds of web hosting companies out there competing with one another to offerrepparttar 134304 “best” web hosting package onrepparttar 134305 internet and with allrepparttar 134306 hype that goes along with it, its easy to get confused or perhaps even purchaserepparttar 134307 package that is not right for us. Here are 4 essentials to look out for when choosing a web hosting platform for your website/business.

1.The reputation ofrepparttar 134308 web hosting company. Most web hosting companies onrepparttar 134309 web have been in existence for at least 2 years and they are usually handled by experience and IT savvy network engineers who can providerepparttar 134310 necessary support and services to their customers. However, there are also several “mom and pop” set ups out there which are handled by amateurs who are greedy to make plenty of your own money without even knowing how to do something as fundamental as setting up your user account. Be sure to checkrepparttar 134311 credentials ofrepparttar 134312 web hosting firm by either reading their about us orrepparttar 134313 technology they use for their server farm. Make sure you pick a company that has been around for atrepparttar 134314 very least 2 years and have a successful track record with 95% up time for all its servers. That’s a reasonable expectation as 100% is not a realistic aim inrepparttar 134315 computing world.

2.How much of storage space are you given? Most web companies outrepparttar 134316 offer space that range from as small as 20 MB to as big as 2GB or even more. However, this depends largely upon yourepparttar 134317 user. Make sure you do not get sold into buying more space then you need. This is a common trend amongst novice web owners who tend to feel thatrepparttar 134318 bigger spacerepparttar 134319 better andrepparttar 134320 more powerful their website can be. That isrepparttar 134321 most contorted statement I have ever heard in my 5 years as a IT expert and internet marketing consultant. Personally, I would recommend you to use Host4profit as your hosting company because I find that they providerepparttar 134322 most innovative packages that even reward you by paying you to be a member & in many other ways too one of which includes a trip torepparttar 134323 Bahamas. Find out more at http://www.host4profit.com/632628

3.What isrepparttar 134324 available bandwidth space for you to transfer data each month? We all need to transfer data to our website and update its content often in order to stay afresh and also to keep our ratings high up onrepparttar 134325 search engines right? Well all web hosting companies offer a certain bandwidth or “transfer window” if you will to enable you transport your data from your local computer hard disk drive to your web server. However this transfer window has a limited space. This is set to preventrepparttar 134326 servers on their side from having a bandwidth overload from users repeatedly transferring large amounts of data to and fro without any limits being set. A bandwidth space is allocated to enable you to managerepparttar 134327 amount data that you want to transfer each month intorepparttar 134328 storage space allocated. Note thatrepparttar 134329 data you transfer is constantly kept track of until you have reachrepparttar 134330 transfer limit for that month. Most web hosting companies tend to be stingy on this so as to provide so called “high speed data transfer” to their clients. They usually cap this bandwidth off at 1GB. Host4profit however offers its client a 3GB bandwidth per month. Can you see why everybody is switching to Host4profit now?

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