Elements of Web Hosting

Written by Daniel Punch

When you first start out trying to get a site onrepparttar Internet everything seems so confusing. Obtuse acronyms flow freely throughrepparttar 134360 'Beginner Friendly' information sites and definitions can be hard to come across. The main reason for this is thatrepparttar 134361 Internet andrepparttar 134362 process of getting a website online is really very simple, and once people get pastrepparttar 134363 first stumbling steps they rarely rememberrepparttar 134364 difficulty they once had, which leads to them being unable to understandrepparttar 134365 next wave of dot com newbies.

So let's begin with defining some ofrepparttar 134366 basic terms that are commonly thrown around when looking for a web host. You'll quickly realize that computer geeks like using big words for simple concepts. What do you expect from a group of people that decided to call half a Byte a Nibble?

Web Host: These arerepparttar 134367 people that supply your website with somewhere to sit and be accessed from. They're often a wealth of information, so when you're trying to find your feet it will often be worthwhile to contact their tech support and get your questions answered. Because of this, it's important to contact them BEFORE you sign up for any packages to ensure that you'll receive a timely response. Just fire an email their way and see what happens.

Disk Space: This isrepparttar 134368 same asrepparttar 134369 space on your own PC's hard drive. Web Hosts will allocate a certain amount of space to your website, usually in Megabytes (MB) or gigabytes (GB). This determines how much you can store on your site.

Bandwidth: Bandwidth isrepparttar 134370 amount of data that can be retrieved from your site withinrepparttar 134371 bandwidth period. The bandwidth period isrepparttar 134372 length of time before your bandwidth gets reset once again, usually about a month. Bandwidth is measured in MB and GB, like disk space. Always find outrepparttar 134373 consequences of exceeding your allocated bandwidth before you purchase a hosting package.

Domain Name: The domain name is your personal identifier onrepparttar 134374 Internet. This is what gets typed into a web browser's address bar to reach your site. Some hosting companies will offer a domain for free, while others will haverepparttar 134375 facilities to provide one for a minimal cost.

SQL (MySQL, SQL Server etc.): Structured Query Language. This isrepparttar 134376 language used to interact with databases. Chances are that if you don't know about it when you start looking for web hosting, you're not going to need to know about it for at least a little while longer.

HTTP: Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. Basically, howrepparttar 134377 Internet works. It isrepparttar 134378 protocol governingrepparttar 134379 transfer of web pages from one place to another.

Free Hosting - A Real Bargain?

Written by Francisco Aloy

Withrepparttar availability of many free hosting offers so prevalent onrepparttar 134359 Internet, are theyrepparttar 134360 bargain they seem to be?

I must admitrepparttar 134361 offer of free hosting does have major appeal however, rarely is something of value given away for nothing. At first glance, free hosting sounds like a good deal! Upon closer inspection, you'll find close to 100% of them not suitable for a business website at all.

Before getting one ofrepparttar 134362 free hosting packages,repparttar 134363 person needs to have a specific idea whatrepparttar 134364 website is going to be used for. Is it personal or for business?

If it's a personal website that's going to be used to postrepparttar 134365 family newsletter, photographs and so on, it's a perfectly good use of one. Onrepparttar 134366 other hand, if it's a website built for commercial purposes,repparttar 134367 free hosting packages are of limited utility to a business operation.

Most ofrepparttar 134368 well documented opposition to free websites invariably mentionsrepparttar 134369 use of very long URL's as one of repparttar 134370 main examples but there are more fundamental reasons you shouldn't ever use a free website as your main business website.

Most business websites will need advanced mail handling and script hosting capabilities not offered byrepparttar 134371 free web hosting accounts. As your business grows and you realizerepparttar 134372 need forrepparttar 134373 above, your step ontorepparttar 134374 next business level is severely hampered.

These are services most Internet businesses need that are not provided by free hosting packages:

CGI Scripting PHP Scripting Autoresponders MySQL Databases

On account ofrepparttar 134375 lack of scripting support you'll find many ofrepparttar 134376 tools of eCommerce will not function on your free website, such as: shopping cart software and order tracking, javascripts, to name a few.

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