Introduction to Web Hosting
The internet is a huge expanse of land. The land are in the form of countless websites. One good thing is that, the internet is so big that you can get your own web hosted too. You can also make a fortune helping people host their websites. These websites can range from online shopping to photo sharing, social networking to government related information. People can shop online and check their banks account balance or talk to a relative from far away, or post a photograph of the day’s events. They can read the news and check their local TV listings.
Well known websites most likely use a dedicated web hosting service, smaller websites might use a different type of web hosting program. Essentially, the web host provides the memory needed as well as the bandwidth allowance that is used up when people click on a website.
An idea for a website might seem easy at the moment, and the layout and design could already be embedded in your mind. But none of it is possible without the web host helping it along the way. For newbies who are just venturing out into the world of web design and website publishing, choosing the right web host can be a daunting task. It is essential to understand the inner workings of web hosting as well as know what to look for when you make your decision. Otherwise, you might not get as much as you pay for, and could end up sabotaging your own website with lack of memory, bandwidth, or server capability.
For people venturing out into the world of Internet business, or for those who simply want to create a website of their very own, it’s essential to know what is involved when it comes to web hosting. If you have a small business or a brand new site that you’re publishing just for fun, free web hosting might be the way to go. These services are often advertisement driven, which means you’re basically at the mercy of the host’s advertisers, and they can put banner ads, pop ups, and other ads wherever and however they see fit. These free sites often look a bit cluttered, and can sometimes drive visitors away but they get the job done: a free website for the publisher or customer in exchange for lots of advertising revenue.
These types of web hosting programs are free of charge but they do not usually present your website in the best light possible. A shared web hosting service is a slight step above, and is much more commonly used. This term means that the website is on the same server as several other websites, and is sometimes hosted with a reseller. There can be thousands of shared sites under one web hosting plan all at the same time. These plans offer more bandwidth and some more options for programming the website, but their bandwidth and memory allotment might be on the lower side. These types of web hosts are usually for people who are just starting out on the web and simply need something that works but that does not cost too much.
A dedicated server web hosting plan basically means that the website is on its own stand-alone server. This is good for websites that perform a lot of volume and is often used by much larger companies who need as much server room as possible in order to host the best site they can. Dedicated web hosting is usually what large websites run on.
If you’re new to the world of web design and maintenance, it’s important to know what you’re looking for when you choose a web hosting plan. Without this knowledge, you can end up with a site that crashes, slows down, is not secure, or simply does not provide you with the memory and speed you need to maintain a professional website. There are many different things that work hand in hand to make up a solid web hosting plan. Be sure you are aware of what these things are in advance, so you can make the best choice for your needs.
Originally posted 2011-09-04 15:22:33.