Thursday, October 20, 2011

Web Hosting: The Very Basics

Web hosting is what allows people and businesses to make a website that can be accessed by millions of people all over the world. Web hosts companies allow these businesses to place their website on their server, which means that the website can then be accessed by anyone with an internet connection.

The web host you choose for your website will depend on the size of your site and how much you are willing to pay for such services. Many small web hosts don’t have the ability to manage large sites, but are perfect for providing individual attention to small individual websites.

In addition, it is important to choose a web host that have an excellent uptime. Most internet surfers have very little patience when it comes to waiting for a site to upload. They often move on to another site if the link isn’t instant. Therefore, look for a web host with at least a 99% uptime to keep people coming to your site. 99.9% uptime or greater is ideal.

There are several types of web hosting. Free web hosting services often are connected with some type of advertising. This type of service is not very common. It is likely that any web hosting you receive is going to cost you money. Shared web hosting is cheaper because your website will be available on a server with hundreds of other websites. They will all be connected to the same CPU.

Reseller web hosting is common. This practice allows customers to purchase hosting services, and then resell portions of it to make money. This process can be complicated if you don’t deal with it on a regular basis. Virtual server hosting gives the illusion that consumers are on their own server. In reality they are sharing, but with a smaller group of websites than with shared web hosting. Virtual server hosting splits the server up into equal portions for each consumer it is sold to. That time and space is reserved for that particular website whether it is accessed or not. Virtual server hosting is the most expensive.

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