What is Web Hosting and how does it work?

Sarah Royal Muleshe By Sarah Royal Muleshe, 8th Aug 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/gb4_40wp/
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What is web hosting? How does it even work? These are some of the questions that have been tackled in this article. Come to think of it, most site owners end up utilizing unreliable web hosts to host their websites. Which is why this article helps make known the Do's and Don'ts.

What is Web Hosting and how does it work?

Web hosting is renting web space from web hosts, which among other things, includes disk space and bandwidth. The service providers avail their server to you, whereby you can store your website’s display data to be visible online. This is only accessible via the Internet.

You can rent web space either monthly, quarterly or yearly, depending on your pocket size. The entire subscription package, besides website hosting, includes auto responders, domain registration, and email services. With some packages, you can also get shopping cart software plus gateway to software application add-ons, which you might want to run on your site.

If you’re contemplating web hosting, you should determine the scripting language you want used by selecting either of the two operating platform versions, Linux and Windows. Linux is engineered to work on web server applications, and uses Perl or ASP (Active Server Pages) scripting language. Windows, on the other hand, operates on Windows machine, and makes use of PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) scripting language. Most service providers offer both versions of operating platforms.

You might also want to experience free web hosting, but only so if you’re going to use it for personal purposes. Otherwise, if it’s for real business, you might encounter issues with customization — this could be in terms of limited bandwidth, site access and generic domain names.

Regarding types of web hosting, you may want to choose among 'shared, dedicated, VPS, cloud or reseller' web hosting. The commonly used ones are 'shared' and 'dedicated' web hosting. The former involves a host server being shared amongst subscribers. The latter, despite being a bit costly, entails a single subscriber utilizing an individual server; which is why it’s a decent option, if you desire to ward off all the fuss of shared web hosting.

Now you have it! Certainly, without web hosting, there would be no way websites would connect to the Internet. But even so, do not fail to use a hosting plan that better suits your website’s needs. For instance, if your site experiences a lot of traffic, you might consider 'dedicated' hosting, while you might want shared hosting for personal sites. If you wish to start your own web hosting, reseller hosting is most handy. Whichever way, ensure you weigh both sides.

However, for newbies who are looking to start off in web hosting, I’d recommend you check over two reputable web hosting companies, HostGator and web hosting.

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author avatar A K Rao
9th Aug 2012 (#)

That is a nicewrtite up on web hosting dear Sarah! Thanks for sharing!

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