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Basic Overview of Web Hosting Services

A web hosting service is a service given by companies to individuals and businesses that allocates them space on their server and provides connection to the Internet. In this way, the information that they want to share will be available for all internet users.

In this day and age of the Internet, you can almost find all the information that you need in the World Wide Web. These different types of information can be seen through websites that are uploaded to the Internet. Several individual and businesses see the Internet as a very good way to share relevant information with other people across the world.

In order for this to actualize, these web developers, or simply the people who make websites, need a space in the Internet so their websites will be available for everyone to see. This is the main goal of a web hosting service.

There are several types of web hosting services that are available today. The simplest one is small-scale hosting, which usually deals with personal web pages. It is the process wherein files that are to be place in the web page are uploaded thru the File Transfer Protocol. This type of web hosting service is readily accessible as many companies offer this for free, and it is commonly known as free web hosting service.

Another type of web hosting service is the shared web hosting service where different websites share the same server, thus may share the resources used for web hosting such as the Random Access Memory.

A different type of web hosting service is the dedicated hosting service where the user gets a Web server for himself and also controls it the way he wants to. The server does not necessarily belong to him though. A type of dedicated hosting is the self-managed hosting where the user gets full access and must maintain the dedicated box by him.

A virtual dedicated server is also another type of web hosting service where each user has a virtual server for his webpage. Virtual since this server is actually divided between different users but it is as if there is a personal server for each one.

The most expensive web hosting service is collocation, which is very similar to dedicated web hosting service. The only difference is that the user owns the server and the hosting company just provides the space taken up by the server and its corresponding maintenance.

Managed hosting service is one more web hosting service available for use. The server is usually leased to the user but he is not allowed full control over it to guarantee the quality of their service. Data management is done thru the file transfer protocol.

An added type of web hosting service is the home server where the server is located in a private residence that allows it to host one or more websites using a broadband connection.

These are just some of the web hosting services that are available for individuals and businesses to avail of. Choosing which the best one for your needs is must be thoroughly decided upon since not all web hosting services are free and they differ in the provision of the server.

Webhosting: Enlightening on Dedicated Web Hosting

Looking at the cost involved ranging from $150 – $1000 per month why is that dedicated web hosting such a huge punch on the business web hosting market? Is paid web hosting worth it?

Now what is dedicated web hosting? Dedicated web hosting is having one single server rented to a single customer by the webhosting provider. Virtual dedicated servers and co-location web hosting are two similar solutions relatively familiar in the web hosting industry. In virtual dedicated server hosting plans one does not get an entire computer just for oneself this means that the virtual server shares the resources of a web server computer with other customers of the web hosting provider. There are many similarities between both Co-locating web hosting and virtual dedicated servers but the main difference is that, in co-locating web hosting the customer owns the web server computer and web-hosting provider only houses the web server computer and sells bandwidth to the customer whereas in dedicated web hosting the web server computer belongs to the web-hosting provider and is only rented by the customer.

When single web server is rented to a single customer it is called real dedicated web hosting.

For businesses that work with high traffic, dedicated web hosting is the idyllic way out. Application required for its operation and functionalities of web site falls under ones specific control.

There are many advantages of dedicated webhosting:

? Concerns regarding the maintenance, the security, and the reliability of ones web server are all handled by hosting provider.

? One doesn?t have to bother about maintaining the hardware and the connectivity of the computer as it is on rent and not been purchased

? One is freed from replacing the component or solving the problem, as everything is provider?s responsibility

? One gets compensations as part of the Service Level Agreement (SLA) by most o f the web hosting providers.

? In the occurrence of failure one may get reimbursement with the cost of ones hosting plan for a month or a fraction of it, depending upon the severity of the failure.

? When compared to having to pay for the component and for the technical support required for actually replacing the component, while web site in not online all these advantages seems quiet good as at the day end one will just be paying for functional hardware.

Imagine the business with all the resources being saved on the above maintenance issues. One can choose between ?managed? or ?unmanaged? service levels as the costs of administering and maintaining the web server one has taken on rent will vary depending upon the web hosting provider.

One can choose ?managed? dedicated hosting which means one will have access to ?control panel? if one is uncomfortable with the technical expertise required by the management of a web server computer. All the essential tasks required to be performed by the proper functioning of ones web server via a simply point-and-click user-friendly interface are allowed by control panel.

This way one can setup, administer and maintain all the web sites on web server without knowing or typing any command lines nor having any in depth knowledge of the operating system.

Those with great degree of technical expertise in mastering a root access to the server can go for ?unmanaged? option. ?Unmanaged? option offers complete server administration, thus having possibility of configuring every service on the web server. But if necessary services are not configured properly it may result in failure of system. Due to these reasons unmanaged dedicated hosting is recommended for only people having solid server administration background or for web developers who require custom applications for their web sites, or a customized environment. Thus people having dedicated server computer?s stability will not be prone to the plagues affecting shared web hosting solutions.

Imagine-

-errors in programming usually made by the beginners,

– Or overload i.e. server being crowded with applications and components required by the other customers

– Or in a shared web server when the processor time and the installed memory are both shared by the software applications needed by the other users.

Instant support is provided to its customers when required by the dedicated web hosting whether managed or unmanaged which is not possible on a shared hosting plans where one will be facing delays and possible additional technical support fees.

If one is having prompt support service from ones side then the customers will be happy and at the same time there will be growth in business. For those doing business in web designing advantage to have his own dedicated server is priceless not because he will be able to offer pure hosting services, but because he will able to offer them packaged with the web design activity also. When one is having access to web server for 24 hours, then within minutes one can modify a website for a customer or upload a new one.

If complete web presence solution, design and hosting, is offered by the studio to a customer there is chance of that customer being regular this is an added advantage.

The benefits of a good dedicated web hosting are:-

? Businesses solutions being translated into sales growth

? Better customer relationship results to improved company image

? Reduced cost compared with in-house web hosting solution, and so on.

? One can run a better business and better business gives good profit.

Webhosting: Enlightening on Dedicated Web Hosting

Looking at the cost involved ranging from $150 – $1000 per month why is that dedicated web hosting such a huge punch on the business web hosting market? Is paid web hosting worth it?

Now what is dedicated web hosting? Dedicated web hosting is having one single server rented to a single customer by the webhosting provider. Virtual dedicated servers and co-location web hosting are two similar solutions relatively familiar in the web hosting industry. In virtual dedicated server hosting plans one does not get an entire computer just for oneself this means that the virtual server shares the resources of a web server computer with other customers of the web hosting provider. There are many similarities between both Co-locating web hosting and virtual dedicated servers but the main difference is that, in co-locating web hosting the customer owns the web server computer and web-hosting provider only houses the web server computer and sells bandwidth to the customer whereas in dedicated web hosting the web server computer belongs to the web-hosting provider and is only rented by the customer.

When single web server is rented to a single customer it is called real dedicated web hosting.

For businesses that work with high traffic, dedicated web hosting is the idyllic way out. Application required for its operation and functionalities of web site falls under ones specific control.

There are many advantages of dedicated webhosting:

? Concerns regarding the maintenance, the security, and the reliability of ones web server are all handled by hosting provider.

? One doesn?t have to bother about maintaining the hardware and the connectivity of the computer as it is on rent and not been purchased

? One is freed from replacing the component or solving the problem, as everything is provider?s responsibility

? One gets compensations as part of the Service Level Agreement (SLA) by most o f the web hosting providers.

? In the occurrence of failure one may get reimbursement with the cost of ones hosting plan for a month or a fraction of it, depending upon the severity of the failure.

? When compared to having to pay for the component and for the technical support required for actually replacing the component, while web site in not online all these advantages seems quiet good as at the day end one will just be paying for functional hardware.

Imagine the business with all the resources being saved on the above maintenance issues. One can choose between ?managed? or ?unmanaged? service levels as the costs of administering and maintaining the web server one has taken on rent will vary depending upon the web hosting provider.

One can choose ?managed? dedicated hosting which means one will have access to ?control panel? if one is uncomfortable with the technical expertise required by the management of a web server computer. All the essential tasks required to be performed by the proper functioning of ones web server via a simply point-and-click user-friendly interface are allowed by control panel.

This way one can setup, administer and maintain all the web sites on web server without knowing or typing any command lines nor having any in depth knowledge of the operating system.

Those with great degree of technical expertise in mastering a root access to the server can go for ?unmanaged? option. ?Unmanaged? option offers complete server administration, thus having possibility of configuring every service on the web server. But if necessary services are not configured properly it may result in failure of system. Due to these reasons unmanaged dedicated hosting is recommended for only people having solid server administration background or for web developers who require custom applications for their web sites, or a customized environment. Thus people having dedicated server computer?s stability will not be prone to the plagues affecting shared web hosting solutions.

Imagine-

-errors in programming usually made by the beginners,

– Or overload i.e. server being crowded with applications and components required by the other customers

– Or in a shared web server when the processor time and the installed memory are both shared by the software applications needed by the other users.

Instant support is provided to its customers when required by the dedicated web hosting whether managed or unmanaged which is not possible on a shared hosting plans where one will be facing delays and possible additional technical support fees.

If one is having prompt support service from ones side then the customers will be happy and at the same time there will be growth in business. For those doing business in web designing advantage to have his own dedicated server is priceless not because he will be able to offer pure hosting services, but because he will able to offer them packaged with the web design activity also. When one is having access to web server for 24 hours, then within minutes one can modify a website for a customer or upload a new one.

If complete web presence solution, design and hosting, is offered by the studio to a customer there is chance of that customer being regular this is an added advantage.

The benefits of a good dedicated web hosting are:-

? Businesses solutions being translated into sales growth

? Better customer relationship results to improved company image

? Reduced cost compared with in-house web hosting solution, and so on.

? One can run a better business and better business gives good profit.

Web Hosting?… Part Two

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So now we carry on with Part Two of our guide to different kinds of web hosting, kindly illustrated by the adventures of a man called Dave*.

In the last part, Dave has had experience with Free and Shared Hosting, but he?s now looking at getting advanced web hosting to offer him greater control and performance from his eCommerce store. Below are several of the options available to Dave.

It?s worth pointing out that, when Dave bought his web hosting, he went with a local (in this case, UK based) company, rather than one based abroad. There are several benefits to this ? Dave had heard that Google preferred sites to be Hosted in their own country for their search engine results, but to Dave the important thing was that the company offered support in his own time zone ? always worth considering, as even though many companies offer 24 hour support, Dave would rather not be talking to someone when it?s 3 in the morning for them (or, even worse, when they are all in bed when he gets to work).

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VPS (Virtual Private Server)

VPS is a step up from Shared Hosting, and a step down from a full Dedicated Hosting solution. Just as a server can provide separate hosting accounts for hundreds of people at a time, a server can be configured to divide it into several sections, all separate from each other. Each of these sections can then be run as if they were their own Dedicated server, and so by purchasing VPS you have full control over and access to your own (virtual) server and the contents of it.

VPS gives you the benefits of Dedicated hosting, without the expense. You also don?t have to manage the actual server itself, and should anything go wrong your entire ?server? can be restored very quickly. It does require a level of technical knowledge to use properly, despite the fact that a lot of VPS services can be administered through modern control panels, and VPS is more expensive than Shared Hosting. It is, however, an excellent move towards Dedicated hosting without the commitment.

Dave is very tempted with this option. He gets almost all the benefits of having his own server, he won?t have to worry about other users affecting the speed of his site ? and so he can confidently expand his own site without worrying about it appearing slow to users. He?s a bit concerned that he might not know what he is doing, as Shared Hosting is fairly easy to use, so he still wants to consider Dedicated Hosting along with some kind of Hosting Management to make sure everything is working correctly. Despite this, VPS is cost effective and less intimidating than Dedicated options, and he likes the thought of being able to restore his entire VPS should he make a mistake.

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Cloud Hosting

Cloud Hosting bears similarities to Cluster Hosting. Instead of hosting a site on a single server, sites are hosted across a cluster (or cloud) of servers, that are all linked together to form a cloud (or cluster) containing the same information. Your hosting is, essentially, a VPS within a VPS. Although incredibly difficult and expensive to work, there are many benefits to this system ? namely that, should one server go down, your site will not, as there are any number of other servers taking the load ? and performance is rarely an issue, as the load is shared among many different computers. As it is also a relatively new and complicated method of hosting, you may find that there are compatibility issues that prevent your site from working properly.

Dave looks at Cloud Hosting as it is generating a lot of interest, and it will allow him to have Shared Hosting without the performance drawbacks that he may experience when his site really takes off. Consistent uptime and performance due to relying on a group of servers rather than one or two is very appealing to Dave. However he?s a bit concerned that his site might run in to compatibility issues due to the complicated nature of Cloud Hosting and the very intricate designs he has in mind for his site, and as he wants to upgrade from Shared Hosting, he isn?t too interested in remaining in what is essentially a Shared environment that he doesn?t have full control over.

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Dedicated Hosting (Managed and Unmanaged)

Dedicated Hosting is an advanced web hosting solution, where your website(s) are Hosted from your own server. It is an advanced solution but the control and power you gain make it the choice for high traffic websites or hosting with very specific requirements. Resources are only Shared if you decide to share them, and you can specify the Operating System, CPU speed, Memory and Disk Space of your server to meet your needs.

Dedicated Hosting comes in two broad categories ? Managed and Unmanaged. A Managed server means that, although the server is yours, someone else manages the performance, installation, configuration and support of your server (depending, of course, on your contract with the people managing your server!). An Unmanaged server is provided on an ?as-is? basis and you will have to deal with the support yourself. It is common in these cases for support from the people who have provided the server for you to be charged. Often, Managed servers will be more expensive as standard, but potential support costs with Unmanaged servers may outweigh this.

Dave looks long and hard at Dedicated Hosting. It is the option he had in mind when he considered upgrading, and though VPS is very appealing, he knows that a Dedicated solution will, without a doubt, give him the advanced hosting he needs, even if it will come at greater expense.

As his knowledge is above average but less than confident, Dave is presented with a dilemma. Does he hire someone to take care of his Hosting, and go for a managed server ? or does he attempt to work with a company offering Unmanaged servers, and take care of most of it himself?

A Dedicated server will often require a lot of work to set up, but little work after this point if done correctly. Of course the support of the server can run into highly advanced areas, and this concerns Dave (it?s why a Managed option or VPS seems better). In the end he has to decide what he would prefer ? Dedicated hosting gives him total control over the web hosting environment for his site, and it also lands a lot of the responsibility for his Hosting at his feet!

As a side note, this solution usually means that you don?t purchase the server itself ? you rent a server to your specification from the Hosting Company.

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Co-Location Hosting

Co-location Hosting is similar to Dedicated Hosting. However in this case you own the server yourself ? you simply rent the space it occupies from the Hosting company (i.e. you pay them to house your server in their Datacentre). You pay the Hosting company to keep your server secure and operational, and the rest is up to you.

This is not something Dave is interested in. As he doesn?t know exactly what he wants, needs, or is doing, ?Co-Lo? seems too much for him. It?s an option usually reserved for large companies requiring the very best in web hosting, who contract teams to build and manage their own servers for them.

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And so we have reached the end! There are a few more kinds of web hosting available to you ? including running a server from your own home ? but we (and Dave, of course) have covered the main ones. Hopefully the guide has given you a better understanding of the different kinds of Web Hosting you can purchase ? so that you can decide what it is you want, and work your way through the long list of Web Hosts trying to convince you that they are the Host you want!

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*Dave is still not real. He is just for illustrative purposes only, and any resemblance to any Dave or any events that have happened to any Dave, living, dead or otherwise, is purely coincidental.

Webhosting: Enlightening on Dedicated Web Hosting

Looking at the cost involved ranging from $150 – $1000 per month why is that dedicated web hosting such a huge punch on the business web hosting market? Is paid web hosting worth it?

Now what is dedicated web hosting? Dedicated web hosting is having one single server rented to a single customer by the webhosting provider. Virtual dedicated servers and co-location web hosting are two similar solutions relatively familiar in the web hosting industry. In virtual dedicated server hosting plans one does not get an entire computer just for oneself this means that the virtual server shares the resources of a web server computer with other customers of the web hosting provider. There are many similarities between both Co-locating web hosting and virtual dedicated servers but the main difference is that, in co-locating web hosting the customer owns the web server computer and web-hosting provider only houses the web server computer and sells bandwidth to the customer whereas in dedicated web hosting the web server computer belongs to the web-hosting provider and is only rented by the customer.

When single web server is rented to a single customer it is called real dedicated web hosting.

For businesses that work with high traffic, dedicated web hosting is the idyllic way out. Application required for its operation and functionalities of web site falls under ones specific control.

There are many advantages of dedicated webhosting:

? Concerns regarding the maintenance, the security, and the reliability of ones web server are all handled by hosting provider.

? One doesn?t have to bother about maintaining the hardware and the connectivity of the computer as it is on rent and not been purchased

? One is freed from replacing the component or solving the problem, as everything is provider?s responsibility

? One gets compensations as part of the Service Level Agreement (SLA) by most o f the web hosting providers.

? In the occurrence of failure one may get reimbursement with the cost of ones hosting plan for a month or a fraction of it, depending upon the severity of the failure.

? When compared to having to pay for the component and for the technical support required for actually replacing the component, while web site in not online all these advantages seems quiet good as at the day end one will just be paying for functional hardware.

Imagine the business with all the resources being saved on the above maintenance issues. One can choose between ?managed? or ?unmanaged? service levels as the costs of administering and maintaining the web server one has taken on rent will vary depending upon the web hosting provider.

One can choose ?managed? dedicated hosting which means one will have access to ?control panel? if one is uncomfortable with the technical expertise required by the management of a web server computer. All the essential tasks required to be performed by the proper functioning of ones web server via a simply point-and-click user-friendly interface are allowed by control panel.

This way one can setup, administer and maintain all the web sites on web server without knowing or typing any command lines nor having any in depth knowledge of the operating system.

Those with great degree of technical expertise in mastering a root access to the server can go for ?unmanaged? option. ?Unmanaged? option offers complete server administration, thus having possibility of configuring every service on the web server. But if necessary services are not configured properly it may result in failure of system. Due to these reasons unmanaged dedicated hosting is recommended for only people having solid server administration background or for web developers who require custom applications for their web sites, or a customized environment. Thus people having dedicated server computer?s stability will not be prone to the plagues affecting shared web hosting solutions.

Imagine-

-errors in programming usually made by the beginners,

– Or overload i.e. server being crowded with applications and components required by the other customers

– Or in a shared web server when the processor time and the installed memory are both shared by the software applications needed by the other users.

Instant support is provided to its customers when required by the dedicated web hosting whether managed or unmanaged which is not possible on a shared hosting plans where one will be facing delays and possible additional technical support fees.

If one is having prompt support service from ones side then the customers will be happy and at the same time there will be growth in business. For those doing business in web designing advantage to have his own dedicated server is priceless not because he will be able to offer pure hosting services, but because he will able to offer them packaged with the web design activity also. When one is having access to web server for 24 hours, then within minutes one can modify a website for a customer or upload a new one.

If complete web presence solution, design and hosting, is offered by the studio to a customer there is chance of that customer being regular this is an added advantage.

The benefits of a good dedicated web hosting are:-

? Businesses solutions being translated into sales growth

? Better customer relationship results to improved company image

? Reduced cost compared with in-house web hosting solution, and so on.

? One can run a better business and better business gives good profit.