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What Exactly is Hosting?

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You have a notion that you desire to convert into a site? Your first move should be to sustain your enthusiasm and find a spot for your web page on the World Wide Web so that it will be always available for the whole world to see.

Where should you host your site?

Because the number of websites on the World Wide Web has grown exponentially over the last couple of years, the demand for website hosting services has also lead to the birth of countless hosting vendors. These are companies that offer you space for your own web page on their web servers.

Sorts of hosting services

The ambit of web hosting services varies considerably, so do the requirements of the website owners. The most basic type of web hosting is the small-size file hosting solution, where files can be uploaded via File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or a web-based Control Panel. Lots of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide this service free of cost. Personal website possessors and corporations can also get hosting services from various hosting suppliers. Personal website hosting services are typically either free, ad-financed, or reasonably priced. Business web hosting services usually are more expensive, but owing to the big competition on the marketplace, an increasing number of hosting distributors, like us at W3Cloud, provide business website hosting services at modest prices and with flexible invoicing intervals.

Sorts of websites and their prerequisites

The charge-free website hosting platform is normally sufficient for personal web pages like portfolios or blogs. A more frequently visited web site, such as a social networking site or a corporate web portal, needs a more advanced web hosting platform that offers database support and application development platforms (including PHP). If you want to establish an e-commerce web site, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) must be supported by the hosting packages provider of your choosing. At present, SSL certificates are supplied by the majority of web hosting companies.

The web hosting Control Panel

The web hosting packages provider usually also offers a web hosting Control Panel graphical user interface for administering your files, electronic mails, e-mail aliases, domains, DNS records, and so on.

Service uptime

When choosing a hosting packages provider, service uptime is a very vital aspect. The accessibility of a website is measured on a yearly basis by taking into account the time when the website is publicly accessible and viewable on the web. Network and service availability guarantees, therefore, should be attentively taken into account when ordering a website hosting service. The best thing to do is re-examine the service-level agreements and the Terms & Conditions of the web hosting services provider of your choice in advance. Finding online reviews from existing clients is also a very good move before you choose to register.

The shared web hosting platform

The most widespread and modestly priced type of web hosting service is the shared web hosting solution. It includes round-the-clock client support, which is an enormous plus for users who do not want to cope with server maintenance procedures, but could also impede clients who would like to exercise more control over the web server. For such users, a VPSs or a dedicated servers would be more appropriate. Most standard applications and scripts work fine on a shared server. Besides, the shared web hosting solution is less expensive than other kinds of hosting solutions, such as the dedicated hosting, since the host divides the shared hosting server among numerous customers. The shared hosting solution typically involves system resource usage restrictions that ensure that the different users do not interfere with each other and that the shared web server stays stable.

Managing your shared web hosting account

Shared website hosting packages usually include a web-based Control Panel graphical user interface, such as cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk, etc. Most of the large-sized hosting vendors, again like us at W3Cloud, use their very own custom-designed hosting Control Panel.

Server maintenance

With the shared hosting solution, the service provider is responsible for managing the web and electronic mail servers, for installing web server software, software updates and patches, and for providing tech support to its customers. Most web servers are based on the Linux OS. The web hosting provider's admins are responsible for keeping the OS up to date, unless you have a dedicated hosting server and full root-level access.

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