All You Wanted To Know About Web Hosting

The connotation of the technology renowned as the World Wide Web is not only exceedingly increasing but also rightly so. In these times of advanced technologies, the internet has made it possible for us to do a variety of chores from the comforts of our home and without having to foray outside. Such is the dependence on the internet that it is nearly infeasible to envisage a life without web.

However in real terms, one should also comprehend the role of web hosting services and servers; as because of them it is possible to host different web portals on internet. Web Hosting services make it feasible for individuals and companies to make their respective web portals accessible to one and all through the web. For small requirements such as a basic web page, content are uploaded by FTP (File Transfer Protocol, but the most wide spread one is the HTTP and there are also instances where IMAP is brought into play.

Dedicated Hosting innately means utter trustworthiness, reliability and guaranteed uptime. If you happen to lay your hands on a web hosting service provider who has Dedicated Servers, rest assured that they will endow you with 99.99% uptime. Now let us come down to the different types of web hosting services accessible in the current market scenario. Free web hosting is accessible but has limited functionality and relies largely on advertisements.

Shared hosting is much popular and places your web site on a server where several others are already placed (may be in hundreds or thousands). A shared website may be hosted with a reseller but all the domains in here share common server resources such as RAM and CPU. Reseller Hosting allows the clients using the server to proffer web hosting services themselves.

The varieties are many in number; reseller hosting service providers can have their own dedicated servers or can have a collocated server. This is a superb web hosting solution which can assist individuals and corporations in more ways than one. VPS hosting or Virtual Private Server Hosting actually divides server resources into virtual servers, wherein hardware is not affected and the resources are allocated likewise.

Know About Web Hosting Services

Web hosting service is a hosting service on Internet that allows the webmasters to get their web site accessed through World Wide Web. There are large number of companies that provide web space on their server for their clients and also provide Internet connectivity normally in a data center. Web site hosting companies can also provide data center space and Internet connectivity to the servers that are not located at their data centers. These are called co locations.

There can be various types of website hosting services. Free website hosting services are generally advertisement supported web site hosting service. Generally in free web site hosting all the domains share a common address followed by the website name and share the common resources such as RAM and CPU, that makes the system slow. In shared website hosting the clients web site is placed on the same server as of many other web sites and may share a common server RAM and CPU. The options and support provided in the free web site hosting and shared web site hosting services is very less compared to the paid website hosting.

In dedicated web site hosting service the user can get full control over his web server but generally do not own the server. Other form of dedicated web site hosting service is the Virtual Dedicated Server in which a number of virtual servers are created in a single server. This acts as if each user has his own dedicated server. Whereas in case of clustered web site hosting service multiple servers host the same content which results in better source utilization and better performance and traffic control on the servers.

The World Wide Web has all the information stored in the form of web pages that in turn are residing in the web servers. These servers are of different kinds and capacities. The hosting companies own these servers and rent out the server space for money. The client who buys this server space can now put his information or data that he wants to make available on World Wide Web in this server space. For web hosting suitable hardware and software are also required. The user also needs to register a domain name or the web site name so that his contents are available under a unique web address. Web hosting companies may also provide with data center space and Internet connectivity.

Web hosting companies are providing the users with a cyber space to put their web content on it. Now days the competition between the web space providers have brought down the cost to very nominal levels. All that the user has to do is to become the member and pay the fee, and the provider will give the key to the cyber space on his server in form of username and password.

Once the hosting companies give the charge to the users in form of user name and password, the space buyer can log on using its username and password and upload his contents to the cyber world to be accessed by all.

Apart from just giving the users some cyber space these web hosting companies are also providing additional features to lure the space buyers. These companies are providing with technical support and sometimes a well structured interface in which the user can make his web contents and upload to the server in very user friendly way. Also the companies provide with email support so that the user can use his domain to receive and send emails.

Basic Information About Web Hosting For Beginners

You may be thinking about designing and building your own website, or already have a design done. Either way you are probably wondering about the next step in getting a website up on the internet.

You have several choices, but learning how the web works and a few basic terms will make it easier to decide what to do next.

What is the World Wide Web
You’ve seen it, you’ve used it, we all love it and one thing’s for certain, the internet is here to stay!

But what is the internet exactly? Other than a mythical ether available at home, in coffee shops, phones and seemingly everywhere else in our lives? Let’s take a look under the hood.

The internet is a network of computers that spans the entire globe. All computers in the network can communicate with each other using a communication standard called HTTP. Web information is stored in documents called web pages which are stored on computers called web servers. When your computer connects to a web server (via HTTP) it becomes what is called a web client. The program you use to view web pages, whether Firefox, Internet Explorer, Oprah or Safari is called a web browser.

How it Works (basically)
In a nutshell, a web browser sends a request to view the web page to a web server. The request is sent in a special format called HTTP. All web pages use special code that is basically a bunch of instructions that tell the web browser how the page should be displayed. The most commonly used display instructions are called HTML tags.

The web server is in simple terms, a collection of web pages and other files made available to the public. To make your page available on the internet you must place it on a public web server.

The most common way of doing this is to use a professional web hosting company, but there are other ways too.

The Domain Name – Your Own Unique Internet Address
A domain name is a unique address that every website must have to identify themselves on the internet. It’s like a phone number, but instead of numbers in a telephone, you type it in as text into your web browser’s address bar.

When publishing a web site on the internet, you must register a domain name or have someone else assign one to you. A web hosting provider will often provide you with a free one as part of their package, otherwise you will have to register it yourself with a service like GoDaddy or Namecheap. There is a small fee for registering a domain name, usually around $10 USD.

So now you know a little bit about the way the web works, let’s look at how to make your web pages public.

Web hosting Options
We look at five common ways of publishing your site online. The one you choose will largely depend on how serious you expect your website to be.

  1. Use your Internet Service Provider’s (ISP) web space.
  2. Host on your own computer
  3. Use someone else’s websites that allow you to create your own content within their framework
  4. Use a free web hosting company
  5. Use a paid web hosting company

Using your ISP web space
Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) you buy bandwidth through might also offer web space, they will often provide basic hosting as part of their service. This option is great for a personal website or for prototyping, but is usually too limited in terms of resources for a serious website.

Hosting on your own computer
It is possible to run a web server from your own personal computer using your ISP’s bandwidth. This option requires a little work setting up and good technical skills, but gives you full control and flexibility. However it will be up to you to install, configure and maintain your own software and you will need to keep your computer running 24/7. If you shut down your computer at the end of the day, your website will go down with it. When choosing this option, ensure your ISP’s terms and conditions allow it, many ISP’s frown on this practice or ban it outright.

Using someone else’s framework
Some websites facilitate content creation within their site. Some popular examples include Squidoo, Hub Pages and Google’s Knol. The advantages of these services are that you can quickly create a website for free. It will also most likely attract visitors much faster than a normal website. The disadvantage is you don’t get to use your own domain name and content expansion is limited. You are also at the mercy of the service, for instance they might close down on short notice taking your website with it.

Using a free web hosting company
These services offer a basic level of server resources, but are not guaranteed to be reliable. Essentially you get what you pay for. A free host may also require you to implement banner advertising on your web pages and usually do not allow you to use your own domain name. Using free hosting may be a good way to get started and test an idea, but are not a good option for anything beyond that.

Using a paid web hosting company
The most popular type of web hosting by far is paid web hosting with a shared plan. The advantage over a free plan is better support, 99% server uptime guarantee and much greater server resources in terms of bandwidth and disk storage space.

Shared hosting means you are sharing a web server with other customers and that the CPU and RAM of the server is shared among other websites. A more expensive option is dedicated web hosting, which costs more, but means you have an entire web server computer dedicated to your websites. Usually shared hosting is fine for all but the largest enterprise websites.

Your choice of hosts should be determined by the goals and size of your intended website.

If your website is small in scope and ambition, then check to see if your ISP offers hosting, or look into a free hosting package or website with dynamic content. On the other hand if you intend on having a larger, more professional web presence, then a paid, shared hosting plan is probably for you.

Learn More About Web Hosting

Are you confused about web hosting. If you don’t understand the terms used on web hosting sites then these descriptions of terms will help in part 3 of this series.

FTP Account:

FTP stands for “File Transfer Protocol” and is a term used to describe the transfer of files to your server. In order for you to have a website on the internet, you need a series of files that make up your website and unless you are using a website builder, you will need to upload files from your computer, on to the server you have paid for.

To transfer files to your server you will need an “FTP Client” such as my favourite software called “FileZilla”, if you search on Google you will find this. In order to access your server, you will need the ftp server address, username and password of your hosting account. You can find these in the welcome email that will be sent to your after purchase of your hosting, or can be accessed within your control panel.

Once you have connected, you will see several windows in FileZilla that display the files on your personal computer, just browse through the files to find your website and then right click and press upload. Ensure that you don’t upload you website inside of a file, you must upload the several files directly inside the public_html folder found on your server, this will then allow your domain to access the files and display your website correctly.