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Good Quality

If you plan to own a new website, you will need to host your website on a web server. When your website goes live on the web server, online users can then browse your website on the Internet. Company that provides the web servers to host your website is called web hosting providers.

A web hosting provider will typically have a fast connection to the Internet housed in a physical building called ‘data center’ and they may host thousands of web sites on many servers. The web host essentially rents out space to you so that you can get your website up on the world wide web.

With a well-managed web host, you can free yourself from worrying the up-keep of complicated server technology and proper technical maintenance. That’s the whole purpose of the web hosting companies. You should leave the technical work to web hosting professional while you focus on your own internet business.

There are thousands of web hosting providers on the internet and how do you decide which one you should use? Sites like betahosts.com can help you by comparing all best hosting providers.

The features that web hosting companies are offering are getting quite standard nowadays. There are basic features that you’ll need in a web host. You can find out more here.

To give a web host a competitive edge over others, more attractive features are very necessary. You’ll find that many hosts are willing to give away free stuff that used to cost over $10 per month.

These are some of the advanced features that our top hosts are offering.

  • Web Buider Many of our top 10 hosts offer powerful web builder program called SiteStudio. SiteStudio allows you to make sites without any html, FTP and HTTP knowledge. You can also build site on the fly while at home, school or even at work. Hostgator’s SiteStudio has over 500 ready-made templates for you to choose from.

  • Ecommerce Enabled If you are selling products on your site, you need a merchant account. A shopping cart is a useful tool if you have more than 1 product in different categories. SSL(Secured Sockets Layer) is a must-have if you need to receive valuable information such as your customers’ credit card information. PowWeb, Hostgator and Lunarpages provide osCommerce shopping cart and shared SSL for your ecommerce needs.

  • Marketing Package Most marketing package including search engine submission software, keyword generator and link checker. Some hosting companies like iPower have established partnership with Yahoo! Search (previously known as Overture) and Google Adwords to offer you pay-per-click credit to jump start your business.

Popularity

The best marketing method is by far from word of mouth. If you sign up for a web host and are satisfied with the performance, most likely you’ll recommend to anyone who is looking for a good host. Big web hosting companies know about this concept so well that they would go all out to retain their existing customer. The more satisfied customers they have, the more popularity they’ll get. We take this as an important indicator of how good a host is. # There are a few factors that we judge the popularity of a particular web hosting provider.Number of existing customers. # The satisfaction level of their existing customers: We manage to get hold of their existing customers from the positive reviews they submitted through our host comment form, their comment in the 3rd party web hosting and inhouse forums and the customers’ comment found on other hosting directories. # The amount of pretigious hosting awards they won # Their sites Alexa traffic ranking

Netfirms top the popularity among our top 10 hosts. Network Reliability, Speed and Uptime Guarantee

In terms of reliability, we are looking at how redundant is the server, how often the companies backup the server and how well they handle emergency. “Redundant” means that if any of the Internet connections get interrupted, the alternate Internet connection will take over. PowWeb Load Balancing Technology is one of the best that we found to ensure your site is up 99.9% all the time.

Web Hosting Explained For Newbies

Introduction

Very basically, web hosting is renting space, and certain services, on a fairly powerful computer called a ‘server’, or ‘web server’, that is connected to the internet. You cannot have a website online without using some form of web hosting.

Just because your PC or notebook is connected to the internet, does not mean you can run your website from them. It requires certain other hardware and software to ‘host’ a website on the internet.

Companies that offer these internet-connected servers that provide space, and services, are call Web Hosts, or Hosting Companies. web hosting allows you to have your own website up, running, and connected to the internet 24/7. No matter what your site is, or what it contains, the host will keep it available for anyone on the internet.

The server

Think of a web server as a supercharged desktop PC. One that is capable of handling multiple users and doing multiple tasks at the same time. This server has both hardware and software that is designed from the ground up to serve the internet. A web hosting company may have hundreds, if not thousands of these servers. All available for renting and connected to the internet.

Each one of these servers has a name, these names are called ‘nameservers’. When you sign up for a web hosting account, the hosting company will tell you on which of their web servers your space will be located, that is, they will tell you the nameservers. This is important, because you are going to need to know this bit of information later on down the road.

How to make use of the host

For a web site to be made available on the Internet, it has to be hosted on a web server. But you don’t build or create your website on the server. This is done on your own PC or notebook.

There are various tools available for creating and building websites, there are even good free tools available, but we won’t go into that here. The thing to remember is that you build the site on your own computer, then move it to the web server for hosting, so that its available on the internet.

This moving of your website file(s) from your computer to the web server is called ‘uploading’. You ‘upload’ your files to the internet, that is, to your server.

There is no editing of the files on the web server. If you want to make changes to your website on the internet, you must make the changes to the files on your computer, and then upload the changed files to your web server. This creates a new version.

So now you’re wondering, how do you connect with your web server, and upload the files to it? Good question, you use a kind of software called ‘ftp’ software. This ftp software forms a connection between your computer and the web server at the hosting company.

This software shows you the files and folders on your server, and also shows you the files and folders on your computer. Then it’s a simple matter of dragging and dropping files from your computer to the web server.

domain Name

Now when talking about web hosting, we also have to mention domains. A domain is a name that you purchase from a ‘domain registrar’. That is, a company that sells domain names, and makes sure that they are all unique. It wouldn’t be a good idea to have multiple websites with the same name. We won’t talk about getting a domain name here, for our purposes right now lets assume you’ve already got a domain name.

Putting the two together

So, you’ve got a domain name. Now you’re wondering what do you do with it, and why does it relate to web hosting? Another good question.

You have to associate that domain name with the space that you are renting from the hosting company. Think of when you move to a new residence. The new house has an address, you have your name, but you have to tell the postman that your name is now to be associated with that address. One without the other is useless.

Web hosting is the same. You have to associate your domain name with the space you’re renting on the web server. This space then becomes your ‘domain’. Your domain is the part after the ‘http://www.’ in your web address.

To make this association you need to tell the company you got the domain name from where you are going to host that domain. That is, you need to tell them the nameservers that your hosting company gave you. That way whenever someone types in your domain name, they will be taken to your domain, hosted on your web servers.

This is how your domain name gets tied to the web servers of your hosting account. This becomes your domain. Its your little piece of internet real estate.

So that is what web hosting is all about. Its renting some space on a web server, then labeling it with your domain name, and then uploading your website files on it so you can have your website on the internet.