The Basics of Hosting

Written by Ric Shreves

At its most basic, getting an Internet project up and running requires two essentials: access to hardware and access torepparttar Internet. Hardware and bandwidth are a major consideration in light of bothrepparttar 134365 potential expense andrepparttar 134366 issue of quality of service. This is one of those areas where you can pay as much or as little as you like. There is a correlation between what you pay andrepparttar 134367 quality you get, but there are plenty of good deals to be found inrepparttar 134368 current market, so shop around.

Let’s take one step back and make sure everyone shares some common ground, in terms of terms.

"Servers" arerepparttar 134369 hardware that holds and distributes information to people viarepparttar 134370 Internet. A small site may reside on a server with a number of other sites, a large site may require hundreds of separate servers in a variety of physical locations, all connected together and running as one cohesive system.

Servers can handle a wide variety of functions, from housing websites, to running mailing systems. For a quick rundown of server terminology check outrepparttar 134371 Webopedia server listing.

While some firms are interested in owning and feeding their own equipment, most firms these days choose to outsource all, or at least part, ofrepparttar 134372 task. Outside of firms with special needs, it is hard to make a case for purchasing hardware inrepparttar 134373 current market. Like a new car, a server depreciates massivelyrepparttar 134374 moment it is taken fromrepparttar 134375 dealer. Add torepparttar 134376 equationrepparttar 134377 maintenance ofrepparttar 134378 hardware andrepparttar 134379 software, and you have a cost center that not only becomes more expensive over time, but less functional relative torepparttar 134380 newest technology.

A web hosting company (sometimes called an "Internet Data Center" or "IDC") will offer a variety of packages, includingrepparttar 134381 rental of hardware. The low monthly costs associated with hosting these days tipsrepparttar 134382 hardware scale firmly towardrepparttar 134383 decision to rent, rather than buy hardware. Letrepparttar 134384 web host’s staff worry about changing disk drives, updatingrepparttar 134385 operating system withrepparttar 134386 newest security patch and keepingrepparttar 134387 electricity and Internet connection going 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Outsourcing lets you focus on your core competencies, andrepparttar 134388 fact is that most IT departments weaned on office networks are in no position to support a real time data center-type operation.

When we talk about outsourcing hosting, another term you are likely to hear frequently is “collocation”. Co-location facilities physically house hardware and equipment in a secure location. The facility generally offers some degree of security against physical intrusion, fire, and power or bandwidth interruption. The quality ofrepparttar 134389 physical facility and staff is generally related directly torepparttar 134390 price and a site visit is appropriate where high-reliability installations are required.

How To Shop and Save On Website Hosting

Written by Jim Edwards

What's your web address?"

From small "mom and pop" home-based businesses to mega-stores, people ask this question in business every single day. Even if you only operate a small, local business, if you don't have a website (or at least email) people honestly look at you funny.

A few years ago, website hosting was one ofrepparttar largest expenses connected with setting up a website. Now, with dramatic drops in pricing, website hosting can actually presentrepparttar 134364 least costly component of operating a website.

However, before you run out and sign up for $2-a-month website hosting and wake up tomorrow filled with regret, take 5 minutes right now and learnrepparttar 134365 main points to consider when evaluating any website host.

Total Storage

How much space do you get to store your website files? If you operate a small website with a handful of pages and only a couple of pictures per page, you can get by with 5-10 MB (megabytes) of disk space or less. However, if your site contains dozens of pages and hundreds of pictures, you may need a hosting plan with 10- 25 MB of space.

Data Transfer / Bandwidth

Here's where many people fall down and get run over byrepparttar 134366 Internet bus! Bandwidth representsrepparttar 134367 total amount of trafficrepparttar 134368 website host allows you to receive.

Successful sites that get a lot of traffic eat up more bandwidth than sites without many visitors. Honestly, bargain website hosting companies don't want you to get much traffic because your bandwidth costs them money.

If you plan to do any business online, make sure you get a bare minimum of at least 1 GB (gigabyte) of data transfer per month.

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