Web Hosting Walkthrough
A Basic Web Hosting Walkthrough
If you are relatively new to the concept of having your very own
place on the web this article may help fill you in on some of the
There are two main categories of web hosting that I am going to
cover in this article. The first is dedicated hosting and the second
is shared hosting. The second type ,shared hosting, I usually break
down into paid and free. Normally, unless you are a very special
person, you can't get dedicated hosting for free.
Before I break down the hosting types, however, let's clear up
Bandwidth is the amount of data your site can transer in a given
period of time. This is sometimes referred to as transfer. When
people view your site on the internet they are downloading it from
the server and this uses up your bandwidth.
Storage is basically the measure of hard drive space your web site
is allowed to take up on a server.
OK, now on to the rest of it...
Dedicated hosting , or more like dedicated server, is where your
web site gets one entire server to itself. You are pretty much entitled
to all of the resources this server has to offer. The entire bandwith
and hard drive capacity is yours including memory for processing
and whatever else. With larger, traffic intensive web sites dedicated
hosting is pretty much a must but shared hosting is usually more
than sufficient for individuals and small to smallish medium businesses.
Shared hosting is basically when a hosting company puts your web
site on a server with web sites from other customers. Your hosting
provider will usually give you monthly limits for bandwidth, storage,
email accounts and such. Depending on what server you were put on
and how good your hosting provider is sometimes things can get a
little crowded on a server and cause your site to be slow and unresponsive.
Free hosting is shared hosting you get from a free service like
geocities or another. It is usually incredibly limited. Sometimes
you can "earn" a decent free hosting account by posting
in forums and such but in my opinion paid hosting and a real domain
name are much better.
Paid hosting is actually inexpensive these days. You can get good
solid hosting that will support a small business for under $100
per year. Usually hosting providers include a free domain name and
free setup as well as a money back garantee.
I hope you found this article helpful. If you decide to buy hosting
make sure to be incredibly picky. The last thing you want is to
end up with the wrong web host. Read some articles on picking the
right domain name and hunt down reviews of web hosting companies.
I wouldn't go with companies that aren't huge and well established.
I've known many people who have lost web sites when unstable hosting
companies went under.
Be vigilant and have fun. Getting a web site is the cheapest way
to start a business.
About the Author
Adam and his wife,
Amanda, work from home as full time webmasters. Check out their
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