If you take away internet, today’s world would become a lame one. Millions of websites thronging the internet, from the most personal ones to the fully business related ones. In such a scenario, “website hosting” has become a common word. Now what exactly is website hosting?
Web site hosting is all about “publishing” a website on the internet. In other words, website hosting is a service in which a web hosting provider renders space to their clients on a server they own, which allows the client, individual or organization, to make their own websites accessible via the World Wide Web. But web site hosting does not come to an end with this. The need for support forces the web hosting providers to work round the clock making the websites accessible anytime, anywhere.
The last three-four years of the web hosting industry have been attributed with so much competition that website hosting companies are forced, in a way, to curb their prices into an all time low. Whatever be the consequences, the best thing that came out as an aftermath of all this is that of an easy access to the world of internet, placing yourself and your company in the world’s biggest encyclopedia, the internet.
The upside of the competition is the easy accessibility, but the downside is the ever-increasing number web site hosting providers in the market, which lead to a hundred questions regarding how to choose, whom to choose, and lots more. Proper research could be the only help in this respect.
You may also feel that with so many free website hosting companies available, why pay for it? It may be advisable to start with a free web site hosting company, but it is never the best option, all the more for business purposes. They can’t let you do your business out of charity! They too have to earn their part. And that they do by the numerous advertisements that they put up in your site. One more characteristic of the free website hosting companies would include their limited services. Most of them restrict the selling of certain products and contents, and also are unable to provide proper support when need arises. Whatever be the disadvantages, these free website hosting companies could prove to be helpful for those venturing into this arena for the first time.
If you are somehow able to zero down between the free and the paid web site hosting providers, the next jigsaw is to choose between the astronomical numbers of paid hosts.
You can make a long checklist before opting for the perfect web-hosting provider . The checklist would include bandwidth and disk space at the first place which are to be decided as per the type of website that you are to launch. In addition, it would also include server speed and uptime for proper functioning of your website. Other than the checklist, it is insistent to perform a thorough research before you finalize your website hosting company so that their reliability and support proves undisputable.
But that is not the end of web site hosting! The next stage would include picking the right hosting type/plan . You are to choose the most suitable type of hosting – a shared hosting, a dedicated server, virtual private web server or collocation. Shared website hosting is the best option for first timers and for most type of websites. It is also suitable for those website owners who need to focus on their web businesses with digging into the kernel of the host servers. Dedicated servers are best suitable for dedicated hosting resellers, enterprise-level sites, web designers and developers, mission critical sites with their needs of custom server management and software implementation, corporate intranets, complicated sites with rich traffic and protected information, content restricted sites. If you are not ready to bear the expenses of dedicated server, and the disadvantages of shared web hosting are worrying you, then virtual private server is the solution. Collocation is the best option for websites that require custom software and hardware configurations, load-balancing and clustering and other advanced functions, i.e. for sites that thrive for power and resource.
The next step is that of choosing the web hosting plans. The type of website would determine the type of web site hosting plan. Personal or basic website hosting plans, business plans, e-commerce hosting plans, and a lot more types are available as per the demand of every type of website. Personal web hosting plans are for the personal websites, individuals and starters. Business houses require a greater bandwidth and disk space for high trafficking. The e-commerce sites with huge number products require the maximum bandwidth and disk space. The type of website hosting plan is directly related to the type of website.
One more aspect of web site hosting would include the domains. Domains are names by which your website will be known in the internet. These names act as a website’s Universal Resource Locator (URL) in the World Wide Web, which is a home to thousands of websites round the globe. You need a domain to host a website. Owning your own domain name always proves fruitful, specially for the business houses. But you can also host your website with somebody else’s domain, for example [http://www.a-free-web-host.com/youronlinecart].
This is just a general overview. but give us a call and we can help you choose the best web site hosting before you chose your host, hosting type and your hosting plan. And if you are well equipped with the intricacies, website hosting could be fun and profitable.
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