So you’re trying to learn about web hosting and what it has to offer or chances are you’ll not know a lot about web hosting? There is no shame in not understanding this information. Everybody has to start firstly sooner or later. On that note, lets start learning about web hosting.

First off, what is web hosting and the way does it work?

Web hosting is the business practice of providing space and bandwidth on a high-powered computer server that’s connected to the Web at very high speeds. Internet hosting companies maintain large networks of high-powered internet server computer systems in a physical location known as a data center. These computer servers are connected to a very fast, and generally redundant, Internet connection. The data centers have major and backup power, a fast connection to the Internet, and a safety monitoring staff.

The web hosting companies provide a share of disk space and accessible bandwidth to a customer for a monthly charge. As soon as the customer is signed up, they will upload files to their private space on the web server and the information is then viewable to anyone on the Web. The monthly fee the web hosting company charges is much less than what it could cost to run a server out of your own home or data center. This is the reason these companies exist. They handle all the {hardware}, software program, and other technical needs for you.

Types of web hosting

There are a lot of different types of web hosting offers, but the main three are shared, reseller, and dedicated. Each type of hosting is for a different purpose.

Shared Web Hosting

Shared Web Hosting

Shared web hosting is the most popular type of hosting. Shared hosting is a portion of disk space and bandwidth provided to you by the web hosting company on a high-powered server. There are many different websites hosted on this server, and the hosting company is more likely to have quite a few of those servers in a large data center. The resources of the server are shared by as many other websites as are allocated to that computer.

Shared web hosting is the best type of web hosting if you are looking for a great price and don’t have more than a couple thousand daily visitors to your website.

Reseller Hosting

Reseller Hosting

Reseller hosting is a popular, low-cost solution to start your own web hosting business. There are two types of reseller hosting, private-label and a reseller of services.

The private-label is the most effective type of reseller plan because it allows you to retain full control over your customer’s websites. A private-label plan allows the reseller to keep the full monthly payment of the web-hosting customer, however the reseller should pay a monthly price to the bigger hosting company for the reseller space. The more hosting accounts a private-label reseller can sell, the higher the profit for them. Private-label hosting allows you to host many more websites than if you were using shared hosting for each. This is a great solution for someone who has many websites they need to host in a single location to save money.

The reseller of services plans resell the regular hosting plans of a bigger web hosting company, but you get a discounted price for offering the customer and earn a monthly fee for as long as they continue to be a customer. This plan does not allow control over customer websites and you only keep a portion of the potentially monthly income.

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting is probably the most powerful and value effective solution of hosting a busy website without resorting to purchasing your own tools and paying hundreds of {dollars} per month for a fast Internet connection. Dedicated hosting consists of single server with no one else hosting on that computer. This allows for the best of configuration choices. Anyone who has a busy website will find dedicated hosting is the necessary choice.

Internet Hosting Issues

Questioning about all the other data listed in web hosting plans? In this section, I will explain the most important issues in choosing a good web host.

Price

The price of web hosting services is one of the most important. There are many hosting companies on the market with low-cost hosting packages, but they may be missing in other areas. Don’t let the price of a hosting package fool you. There are some hosting companies on the market who have great prices and the other features are just as good. Price may be one of the most important decisions of a web hosting plan, but there’s much more to consider in choosing a quality web host.

Disk Space / Storage Space

Disk Space / Storage Space

Disk space is the amount of physical storage space a web host provides to you to store your web files. Hosting companies these days have plans with disk space being measured mostly in terms of gigabytes, but some are still offering plans in the megabytes for storage space. Depending on your needs for file storage space, you may want more or less. Generally the more disk space offered, the better.

Bandwidth / Data Transfer

Bandwidth Data Transfer

The amount of bandwidth available can make a big difference in choosing a quality hosting plan. Typically, the more bandwidth a hosting company makes available to you, the better. This means you can support more visitors to your website as your small business grows. Be cautious of web hosting companies that offer unlimited or unmetered bandwidth. While many of those are legit provides, there are some on the market who are overselling their bandwidth in hopes the common user won’t use much.

Customer Support

In any business, it is vitally important to provide exception customer support. Web hosting is no exception to this. Many of the hosting companies are available all day and night in case you have an issue with your website, however there are some who are just available specific hours of the day. If your website goes down in the middle of the night when they’re not available, this means lost revenue for a business. It is best to make sure the web host you choose is always available for support.

Money Back Guarantee

Most web hosting companies will provide a thirty-day money back guarantee. Some will provide one even long, but be cautious of those who offer no money back guarantee. I would not purchase hosting services from a company who does not offer at least a 30 day money back guarantee, until they have proven themselves to be a pacesetter in the industry and have an excellent reputation.

Operating System

An operating system is a piece of software that controls the interaction between the computer user and the physical {hardware} of the machine. A vast majority of all websites on the Web run on the Linux operation system. Linux is usually much more stable than Windows. Stability is crucial in running a website. For that reason, I prefer to host my websites on the Linux operating system. Some websites have specific requirements that only the Windows operating system can satisfy, but there are always alternatives to those requirements.

Backup

Backup

A good web hosting company will have a regular schedule to backup the data on all the web servers. The more often the data is backed up, the better. At the very least, a hosting company should backup website files daily.

Control Panel

Control Panel

The control panel is the point of contact the website administrator can have between the host server and their own machine connected through the Web. It’s essential to have a well organized and easy to use control panel interface. My favorite control panel is cPanel, which is one of the main web hosting control panels on the market today. Plesk is another good one, and many companies will create their own control panel for you to use. Most hosting companies will provide a link to a demo of the control panel they use with their hosting plans. The control panel used is a matter of choice, but it should be user friendly.

E-mail

E-mail is an important part of communication on the Web. Most web hosting companies on the market will give you more email addresses and more space to hold email messages than you will ever need. What you have to watch out for is the companies that have decided to be just a little strict on their email accounts and only offer a small number or a small amount of message space.

Uptime

Uptime

Uptime is a term used to explain how often the common website hosted by a company is available online. No company should be expected to provide an actual 100% uptime. This is impossible due to issues such as {hardware}, software program, and power failures. A vast majority of the companies are very good with uptime, and they guarantee it. It’s still a good idea to take heed to the uptimes posted by the company. If it’s not at least 99.5%, it’s probably not worth hosting with that company.

Statistics

As a webmaster, it’s good to know how many visitors you’ve had, where they came from, how long they stay on your website, and how much bandwidth they’ve used. This data is collected by the web server and is placed in a log file. A statistics software package can read this data and provide meaningful information to the webmaster. The data gathered from these logs can be very valuable in improved services to the viewers of the website.

FTP

FTP

FTP stands for file transfer protocol. It’s a way of quickly uploading or downloading many files to and from a web server. Most web hosting companies will allow their customers access to their hosting accounts via FTP. FTP is very useful and is a good feature to have when paying for a hosting account.

Scripting

Since the World Wide Web started, many scripting languages have been created and have evolved into the dynamic and interactive environment we enjoy today. A scripting language is a way of adding functionality to a website, whether it be to calculate numbers or to load data from an external database. Scripting languages have made electronic commerce possible. Some of these languages include PHP, ASP, JSP, Coldfusion, VBscript, Javascript, and Perl. I won’t go into the details of those in this article for the sake of complexity. If you know how to use these languages, you should know what to search for in a web server for them.

Databases

Databases

A database is a place to store data that can be used in a large number of ways. Databases are used on the Web for applications such as shopping carts, message boards, and product catalogues. The more databases the hosting provider allows you to create, the most applications you can deploy on your web server. Databases are used by the more advanced web master, but data is freely available online should you be interested.

Conclusions

Web hosting can be a very difficult decision with the many thousands of hosting companies on the market. It’s important to find a plan that fits your needs and to have an excellent hosting company. I hope this article was useful in making your decision about which company to host with. Joyful Hosting!

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