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What Does Website Hosting Mean?

You have an idea that you want to turn into a website? Your very first step should be to retain your enthusiasm and find a place for your site on the World Wide Web so that it will be always accessible to the whole world.

Where should you host your website?

Since the number of sites on the Internet has increased exponentially in the last few years, the demand for website hosting services has also lead to the birth of incalculable website hosting providers. These are companies that offer you content storage space for your own website on their hosting servers.

Kinds of web hosting services

The reach of hosting services fluctuates hugely, so do the requirements of the website possessors. The most basic hosting type is the small-scale file hosting solution, where files can be uploaded using File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or a web-based web hosting Control Panel. Lots of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide this service free of cost. Personal web page proprietors and companies can also obtain hosting services from different web hosting suppliers. Personal website hosting services are typically either free, advertisement-supported, or moderately priced. Business web hosting services normally cost more, but thanks to the immense competition on the hosting marketplace, an increasing number of web hosting providers, like us at , distribute business web hosting services at curtailed prices and with flexible invoicing intervals.

Kinds of web sites and their requirements

The free-of-charge website hosting platform is generally sufficient for personal websites like portfolios or online journals. A more popular web site, such as a social networking web site or a corporate web portal, calls for a more advanced website hosting platform that offers database support and web application development platforms (including PHP). If you desire to create an e-commerce site, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) must be supported by the web hosting vendor of your choosing. Nowadays, Secure Sockets Layer certificates are offered by the majority of web hosting corporations.

The web hosting Control Panel

The web hosting supplier typically also provides a Control Panel tool for managing your files, email addresses, mail aliases, domains, DNS records, etc.

Service reliability

When picking a hosting provider, service uptime is a very vital factor. The accessibility of a website is calculated on a yearly basis by taking into account the time when the web site is publicly accessible and viewable online. Network and service uptime guarantees, therefore, should be vigilantly considered when signing up for a website hosting service. The best thing to do is double-check the service-level agreements and the ToS of the hosting services provider of your choice in advance. Reading online reviews from existing clients is also a pretty wise move before you make up your mind to sign up.

The shared hosting solution

The most famous and affordably priced type of web hosting service is the shared hosting solution. It offers 24x7 client support, which is an enormous benefit for customers who do not wish to cope with server maintenance tasks, but could also impede clients who wish to exert more control over the web server. For such users, a virtual private servers or a dedicated web hosting would be more suitable. Most standard applications and scripts work okay on a shared hosting web server. In addition, the shared web hosting solution is more affordably priced than other kinds of hosting solutions, like the dedicated web hosting, since the web hosting packages provider splits the shared hosting web server among a lot of customers. The shared web hosting platform normally involves resource usage limitations that guarantee that the different customers do not interfere with each other and that the web hosting server remains stable.

Managing your shared hosting account

Shared web hosting packages normally offer a web-based Control Panel GUI, such as cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk, and so on. The majority of the large-sized hosting suppliers, again like us at , make use of their very own personal custom-developed web hosting Control Panel user interface.

Server maintenance

With the shared web hosting solution, the web host is responsible for administering the web and mail servers, for installing web server software, security updates and patches, and for offering tech support to its clients. Most servers are based on the Linux OS. The web hosting service provider's admins are in charge of maintaining the OS up to date, unless you have a dedicated server and full server root privileges.