Thursday, December 14, 2017

Web Hosting 101

Do you have any problem on how to make your website available to the World Wide Web? Maybe you need some assistance or a basic know-how about the thing called web hosting. Stick around for this tutorial is made for the novice and beginners of web hosting.

First you need to know what a web host is.

 

What is a Web Host?

A web host is an Internet service wherein a certain individual or group or companies are able to make their website available to the Internet. There are companies who are specifically offering such services. They are called the web host providers. It rents out web space and bandwidth to clients and organizations who want their websites published in the net. It gives the customers an account that can be used to upload HTML codes, videos, scripts, graphics, and information. The web space is usually called the servers. Servers are high power computers with higher computing capabilities and have a large capacity of memory storage on it. Other services provided by web host providers are Internet connectivity and data centers for the customers. For complex web sites, a host provider usually offers database service for them.

Now that you know what web hosts are, the next thing to know are the types of web hosting services. There are many web hosting services that are available in the market today, but we will simply tackle on the basic types of web hosting.

 

Types of Web hosting

Free web hosting – There are companies who are offering free web hosting but only with limited services and resources like there can be no support for database and other complex technologies.   Some other companies offer free services in exchange for advertisements that will be included in the customer’s website.

Dedicated web hosting – With this, the customer gets to have its own dedicated web server from the provider. He has the full control over the server itself. He has all the administrative access. However, the price is way higher as in comparison to other web hosting type.

Shared web hosting – This is the economical type where one customer shares a space with other customers to a particular server rack in the host providers. The services may sometimes be lagged because of many different users who share with the space, bandwidth, or even memory allocations.

Managed web hosting – This is similar to a dedicated web hosting, only that the client does not have the full control and access to its web server. Only the provider has the control of the server by which the client leases.

Cloud web hosting – This is the new type of web hosting where customers are allowed with powerful, scalable, and reliable hosting by using the clustered load-balance servers. This is very advantageous to the customers for they will only pay the resources they have used and not with what is stated in the specifications of a package of the services.

Now after knowing all that, all you need to do is evaluate what your website needs before choosing a particular type of web hosting service. Here are the basic requirements that you might want to look for in a web host for your site.

Disk Space – This will be the amount of space or memory in the provider’s server in which your site will be placed. Some providers offer a bigger chunk of space depending on the contracts and terms.

Bandwidth – This is the available data traffic at which your website is capable. Some providers offer high speed bandwidth for data transfers and some do not.

Extra Services – Some providers offer email features and database features and some other perks where your website can take advantage with.

 

Now that you already know the basics of web hosting, you are now ready to put that website of yours to the information super highway.  Depending on your website’s requirements, you can choose any type of web hosting services that best suits your website.

Web hosting is now becoming a profitable business worldwide. There are a lot of web host providers offering a great web hosting service while there are also those who are just there for easy money. So now that you have the basic understanding, it is up to you to be vigilant enough to know the difference. Happy hosting!