Beginners Overview of Web Hosting

Beginners Overview of Web Hosting

If you are new to the whole online game just the thought of buying web hosting can be intimidating. Use this quick overview to relieve your fears and increase your confidence so that you can easily register with a hosting company with a clear head.

What  Does  Web  Hosting  Mean?

Any  website  is  just  a  large  collection  of  files  made  up  of  data,  images,  html   documents,  videos  and  more.  All  of these  files  must  ‘live’  somewhere  and  need  to   find  a  “host’.  Enter  the  website  hosting  company.

What  is  a  Domain?

A  domain  is  simply  the  address  of  your  website.  Just  as  your  home  address  is  a   street  number  and  name.  Your  website  URL  is  made  up  of  letters  and  numbers   followed  by  a  dot  extension.  With  com,  org,  and  net  being  the  most  popular   choices.

Types  of  Web  Hosting.   

Now  this  is  where  things  can  get  a  little  confusing.  When  it  comes  to  the  actual   hosting  of  your  site  you  have  lots  of  different  hosting  choices.

There  are  four  main   choices  which  are:

1. Shared

2. Virtual  Private  Server  (VPS)

3. Dedicated

4. Cloud   A  hosting  solution  can  be  compared  to  a  storage  place  for  your  website.  It  will   come  with  different  storage  levels,  server  speeds,  reliability  and  technical  aspects.

The  Shared  Server  is  where  you  are  sharing  space  and  resources  with  lots  of  other   websites.  All  of  these  resources  are  not  shared  equally  and  sites  can  easily  go  over   their  limits  and  cause  all  of  the  sites  on  the  server  to  go  down.

A  Virtual  Private  Server  is  one  that  is  divided  equally  and  shared  by  fewer   websites.  All  resources  are  allocated  in  equal  portions  to  each  account.  It  is  still   possible  to  exceed  your  limits  if  you  experience  sudden  spikes  in  traffic.

A  Dedicated  Server  is  where  you  are  effectively  renting  out  the  entire  server  for   your  own  sites.  This  type  of  plan  is  more  expensive  and  offers  you  greater  control   over  your  website.  Normally  recommended  for  high  traffic  and  large  businesses.

Cloud  hosting  offers  the  ability  to  handle  those  traffic  surges  on  your  website.  This   type  of  hosting  involves  lots  of  servers,  called  a  cloud,  to  work  together  to  host   multiple  websites.  As  resources  are  needed  a  new  cloud  is  added  to  handle  the   volume.  This  additional  cloud  is  then  released  when  the  surge  or  spike  is  over.

The  next  time  you  look  at  hosting  plans  you  will  now  understand  what  the   different  packages  mean  for  you.  The  most  common  type  for  those  hosting  their   first  site  is  the  Shared  type  of  hosting  plan.

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