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Web Hosts: The Basics


Before you start searching for a web host, you must familiarize yourself with the terminology used in this field. The following terms are also considered key factors in deciding the suitable hosting plan that meets your requirements. You can start learning what does each term mean and how does it affect your selection.

Web Host
A web host, also known as web server, is a computer connected to the internet. This computer is more powerful than normal PCs and is set up to serve up websites. Your website content will reside on this computer, which will give people who surf the internet a way to access your website.

Web hosts can be categorized into three main categories based on the price range and common features for each category:

1. Free Hosts: limited in space, bandwidth and other features. Suitable for personal websites or for temporary usage. Usually enforce pop-up, text or banner ads. They do not provide the best performance and/or reliability. They provide minimum or no customer support. If you register for a free host, your domain will be something like yourname.freehost.com or www.freehost.com/yourname.

2. Shared Hosts: most websites are using this type of hosting. Suitable for personal, small and medium businesses. Prices range from $1 to about $25 a month. Features also range from very limited space/bandwidth to semi-dedicated servers. Your website has its own top level domain (e.g. www.website-hostings.net) The number of websites on a server affects its performance and availability, more websites usually means less performance. Servers hosting less number of shared websites are more expensive, but more reliable. Some companies allow customers to host multiple websites with different domains under a single account.

3. Dedicated Hosts: A full server dedicated to a single customer. Usually used by large businesses and very active websites with thousands of daily visitors. The customer will have full control over the server, and can create as many websites as he likes. Customer can have his own hosting company run on a rented dedicated server. Prices depend on the specifications and services provided with the server, starting from about $100 up to about $800 dollars a month.

4. Colocated Hosts: very similar to dedicated hosts, but the customer owns the server hardware instead of renting it. The server will be housed in provider’s data center. Prices are a bit higher than dedicated servers.

5. Reseller Hosts: providers offer web server storage to customers, who then resell the web server storage to their customers. Providers usually offer resellers a discount price.

6. Other Hosts: there are few other types of hosts such as email hosts, media hosts, data hosts, etc but these are out of the scope of this article.

domain Name
http://www.website-hostings.net/ is an example of a

Points to Take Care for Beginners While Selecting Web Hosting

Every beginner who is quite new to internet and who starts surfing the internet for him/her its very confusing to select the right web host provider for his/her host. Due to inexperience most of the beginners selects free web hosting or cheap web hosting which makes them realize their mistake afterwards .All the efforts of these beginners gets useless due to their small mistake of selection and this mistake makes them feel so demotivated that they even don?t think of starting again. It is nothing new that everyone wants to get anything for free but here in this case ?cheap? becomes ?more expensive?.

The following are the reasons which make the above statement true:

1.The biggest drawback with fee web hosting is that they never offer any sort of guarantee and so there are chances that it can be removed the very next day or in near future. Not only has that it also led to permanently removal of one?s site from the search engines. In this new era of I.T there are billions of sites coming up every day and their popularity lies in the fact that how old is their existence and what is their place in the search engines. Now in case one deletes his/her site from the server its very hard to get it back as that space is immediately procured by any one else.

2. Another drawback is free web hosting or free sites are usually supported by advertisements and other stuffs. In case one has created a free site in sub domain and also finds good free hosting. In order to boost business one also have perform some offline and online promotions to one?s customer?s friends and other people who are known to him/her. Now here one is getting in trap of hosts by promoting his/her ads and other stuffs… Not only that the persons who might have book marked one?s site will not find it again once it is removed by the host. Thus overall loss will be of the user.

3. There is a big difference between a top level domain and a free sub domain. domains are quite different and represent one?s status .In that case no other competitor can steal one?s name and clients can easily memories the name as well. However in case of free domain, any one can have any amount of free sub-domains, in that case the fate of the user will be worst if his/her competitor has started using the same name.

4. In case a very good client finds the user on the web and is very interested in his/her products and services. Now before hiring one?s services he would definitely like to know more about the user or rather he will perform research as he should contact the user or not first. If the user is having a free hosting site the first impression that will imprint on the mind of the client is that the user is not at all a serious fellow and would rather ran away. Thus it?s better to have personalized top level domain and consistent hosting services.

5. In case user finds a cheap web hosting company, he/she should think twice before finalizing the deal. If the company is offering cheap service, one should look at all the possible reasons, why it is so cheap. In most of the cases the outcome of research would be poor support or service or let say no support at all .As support or services both involves some cost which the providers save by not employing any support personnel. Thus one should act very wisely while taking the decision.

6. Another mistake which usually the new comers do is that they don?t keep any backups of their work rather they rely on hosting providers for this. Now in that case worst can happen if the host?s server went down or due to any reason free host might have removed the site, now the user is only left with an option to just start from the beginning which is really very painful.

7. With beginners another problem is they are not sure for their requirement. It?s understandable that no one can predict his/her exact requirement for future but if one?s requirements are clear, it?s quite easy for one to choose the host as per requirement. One should always consider if there is any possibility of shifting from static site to a dynamic one or he/she may require using certain scripts. Thus if needs are properly ascertained at present they will help a lot in future.

Against all the above disadvantages there are some advantages as well which are as below-:

1. Its not necessary that all free hosts are bad or decisive, there are some who may be an excellent host which is up-coming and can provide wonderful services as well. There are some providers who are offering free hosting just to promote their services and to add more customers in their list.

2. In some cases even cheap and affordable web hosting may turn fruitful, if one has taken all precautions in advance while select the host. Thus even proper homework can turn a free or cheap host into a best host. One should always select the host having better server, updated software?s and who offers quality support in reality.

3. Also it is not all sure guaranteed that all the free websites are going to be removed without notice or which are going to bring a bad fame for one?s company . There are several good and reputable companies like Google?s Blogger or Yahoo?s Geocities which helps one to increase his/her link popularity if used in a proper way.

Thus the above were some of the points in favor of the cheap web hosting .At the end we can say that while choosing a host one should keep in mind that the host is the one who is going to protect or harm one?s site and so he/she should take utmost care while selecting the right one .A good web host is like an honest employees who works dedicatedly for 24 hours a day and 365 days a year for keeping one?s business running successfully all time.

Points to Take Care for Beginners While Selecting Web Hosting

Every beginner who is quite new to internet and who starts surfing the internet for him/her its very confusing to select the right web host provider for his/her host. Due to inexperience most of the beginners selects free web hosting or cheap web hosting which makes them realize their mistake afterwards .All the efforts of these beginners gets useless due to their small mistake of selection and this mistake makes them feel so demotivated that they even don?t think of starting again. It is nothing new that everyone wants to get anything for free but here in this case ?cheap? becomes ?more expensive?.

The following are the reasons which make the above statement true:

1.The biggest drawback with fee web hosting is that they never offer any sort of guarantee and so there are chances that it can be removed the very next day or in near future. Not only has that it also led to permanently removal of one?s site from the search engines. In this new era of I.T there are billions of sites coming up every day and their popularity lies in the fact that how old is their existence and what is their place in the search engines. Now in case one deletes his/her site from the server its very hard to get it back as that space is immediately procured by any one else.

2. Another drawback is free web hosting or free sites are usually supported by advertisements and other stuffs. In case one has created a free site in sub domain and also finds good free hosting. In order to boost business one also have perform some offline and online promotions to one?s customer?s friends and other people who are known to him/her. Now here one is getting in trap of hosts by promoting his/her ads and other stuffs… Not only that the persons who might have book marked one?s site will not find it again once it is removed by the host. Thus overall loss will be of the user.

3. There is a big difference between a top level domain and a free sub domain. domains are quite different and represent one?s status .In that case no other competitor can steal one?s name and clients can easily memories the name as well. However in case of free domain, any one can have any amount of free sub-domains, in that case the fate of the user will be worst if his/her competitor has started using the same name.

4. In case a very good client finds the user on the web and is very interested in his/her products and services. Now before hiring one?s services he would definitely like to know more about the user or rather he will perform research as he should contact the user or not first. If the user is having a free hosting site the first impression that will imprint on the mind of the client is that the user is not at all a serious fellow and would rather ran away. Thus it?s better to have personalized top level domain and consistent hosting services.

5. In case user finds a cheap web hosting company, he/she should think twice before finalizing the deal. If the company is offering cheap service, one should look at all the possible reasons, why it is so cheap. In most of the cases the outcome of research would be poor support or service or let say no support at all .As support or services both involves some cost which the providers save by not employing any support personnel. Thus one should act very wisely while taking the decision.

6. Another mistake which usually the new comers do is that they don?t keep any backups of their work rather they rely on hosting providers for this. Now in that case worst can happen if the host?s server went down or due to any reason free host might have removed the site, now the user is only left with an option to just start from the beginning which is really very painful.

7. With beginners another problem is they are not sure for their requirement. It?s understandable that no one can predict his/her exact requirement for future but if one?s requirements are clear, it?s quite easy for one to choose the host as per requirement. One should always consider if there is any possibility of shifting from static site to a dynamic one or he/she may require using certain scripts. Thus if needs are properly ascertained at present they will help a lot in future.

Against all the above disadvantages there are some advantages as well which are as below-:

1. Its not necessary that all free hosts are bad or decisive, there are some who may be an excellent host which is up-coming and can provide wonderful services as well. There are some providers who are offering free hosting just to promote their services and to add more customers in their list.

2. In some cases even cheap and affordable web hosting may turn fruitful, if one has taken all precautions in advance while select the host. Thus even proper homework can turn a free or cheap host into a best host. One should always select the host having better server, updated software?s and who offers quality support in reality.

3. Also it is not all sure guaranteed that all the free websites are going to be removed without notice or which are going to bring a bad fame for one?s company . There are several good and reputable companies like Google?s Blogger or Yahoo?s Geocities which helps one to increase his/her link popularity if used in a proper way.

Thus the above were some of the points in favor of the cheap web hosting .At the end we can say that while choosing a host one should keep in mind that the host is the one who is going to protect or harm one?s site and so he/she should take utmost care while selecting the right one .A good web host is like an honest employees who works dedicatedly for 24 hours a day and 365 days a year for keeping one?s business running successfully all time.

Web Hosts: The Basics

Before you start searching for a web host, you must familiarize yourself with the terminology used in this field. The following terms are also considered key factors in deciding the suitable hosting plan that meets your requirements. You can start learning what does each term mean and how does it affect your selection.

Web Host

A web host, also known as web server, is a computer connected to the internet. This computer is more powerful than normal PCs and is set up to serve up websites. Your website content will reside on this computer, which will give people who surf the internet a way to access your website.

Web hosts can be categorized into three main categories based on the price range and common features for each category:

1. Free Hosts: limited in space, bandwidth and other features. Suitable for personal websites or for temporary usage. Usually enforce pop-up, text or banner ads. They do not provide the best performance and/or reliability. They provide minimum or no customer support. If you register for a free host, your domain will be something like yourname.freehost.com or [http://www.freehost.com/yourname].

2. Shared Hosts: most websites are using this type of hosting. Suitable for personal, small and medium businesses. Prices range from $1 to about $25 a month. Features also range from very limited space/bandwidth to semi-dedicated servers. Your website has its own top level domain (e.g. [http://www.website-hostings.net]) The number of websites on a server affects its performance and availability, more websites usually means less performance. Servers hosting less number of shared websites are more expensive, but more reliable. Some companies allow customers to host multiple websites with different domains under a single account.

3. Dedicated Hosts: A full server dedicated to a single customer. Usually used by large businesses and very active websites with thousands of daily visitors. The customer will have full control over the server, and can create as many websites as he likes. Customer can have his own hosting company run on a rented dedicated server. Prices depend on the specifications and services provided with the server, starting from about $100 up to about $800 dollars a month.

4. Colocated Hosts: very similar to dedicated hosts, but the customer owns the server hardware instead of renting it. The server will be housed in provider’s data center. Prices are a bit higher than dedicated servers.

5. Reseller Hosts: providers offer web server storage to customers, who then resell the web server storage to their customers. Providers usually offer resellers a discount price.

6. Other Hosts: there are few other types of hosts such as email hosts, media hosts, data hosts, etc but these are out of the scope of this article.

domain Name

www.website-hostings.net [http://www.website-hostings.net] is an example of a domain name. It’s a name that points to where your website is physically located. The actual address of your website is a set of numbers that looks like (70.86.135.242). This address is unique for every web server. domain names are just pointers to the real addresses. It’s easier to remember the domain names than the IP addresses.

Space / Storage

The amount of web server’s disk space available for customer’s website files, images and databases. It can be as small as 5MB in some free hosts and as big as 300GB for some dedicated servers. Space prices reduced significantly during the last few years. Customer can find hosting plans offering 3GB of space for less than $10 a month.

Bandwidth

Bandwidth is the amount of data transferred from web server to clients’ internet browsers. Each time a person view a page data is transmitted from the server to that person’s PC. Audio, video and images contents consume much more bandwidth than text. Bandwidth can be as low as 100MB a month in some free web hosts and as high as 2000GB a month in some dedicated servers. Customer can find hosting plans offering 75GB of monthly data transfer for less than $10.

Server Type

Usually means the operating system than runs the web server. Common types are Windows, Linux and UNIX. Server type determines the server side scripting and database types. Windows usually runs ASP and ASP.NET with Access or SQL Server databases. Linux/UNIX servers usually runs CGI, PHP or JSP with mySQL or Oracle databases. Windows servers are usually more expensive than Linux/UNIX servers.

Databases

As you have seen in server types, there are different types of databases. The most commonly used is mySQL because its an open source GPL (free) software and can serve a lot of online applications’ requirements such as forums, content management, mailing lists, etc. MySQL, however, has some limitations in its features. Complicated large business sites will need more powerful databases such as Oracle or SQL Server.

Server Side Scripting

Most new users prefer to use PHP as server side scripting. The reason is that there are hundreds of open source (GPL) PHP scripts that can meet a lot of webmaster’s requirements. Similar to mySQL, PHP has some limitations in features required by advanced websites, which makes some senior web developers prefer to use ASP.NET or JSP. Other developers still prefer to use Cold Fusion, CGI, ASP or PERL.

Email

Most hosting plans include the feature of having some email accounts with customer’s domain (e.g. admin@website-hostings.net). The number and size of email accounts depends on the hosting plan. Free plans do not usually have this feature, small plans give about 10 accounts where big plans do not limited the number. Those email accounts are usually web based and accessible through POP3 clients as well.

File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

A standard way of transferring files across the Internet. Most webmasters upload and download their websites contents using FTP. The upload or download processes are usually performed using FTP client software. To access their web servers, webmasters need FTP username and password. Some hosts give more than one FTP account to their customers. FTP can by anonymous as well, but its not recommended for security reasons.

Control Panel

Most web hosting companies provide their customers with a control panel, a web based application that helps in managing websites. Common functions in control panels are: managing email accounts, providing statistics, managing FTP accounts, managing domains and subdomains and managing databases. The most commonly used control panel application is cPanel. Some companies develop their own control panel application.

Uptime

An important feature of web hosts is their uptime, which is usually measured in percentage. A server that goes down for an average of 30 minutes a day will have an uptime percentage of about 99.98%, which is acceptable for most small to medium business websites. Anything less than this percentage is not suitable for a business website. Mission critical sites cannot tolerate frequent outages, thus they may use web monitoring services to notify web administrators immediately when an outage happens.

Price

With the wide range of options available for customers, the price is also ranges from 0 to $1000 a month. Most personal, small and medium websites shouldn’t cost more than $15 a month. It’s not recommended for business website owners to go for very cheap plans (less than $5) because this price usually means a compromise in the quality of support and reliability of the server.