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what is Web hosting?

Discussion in 'Hosting' started by roald, May 1, 2009.

  1. roald

    roald New Member Webmaster

    about webhosting

    Web hosting is the service that lets both individual people and businesses create their own spot on the internet, called a website. Companies that provide web hosting services have servers on which the data that makes up the website is hosted. Website owners, called webmasters, give their data files to the web host for storage and publication to the internet. This is what allows people anywhere to use the internet to access that person or company’s website.

  2. roald

    roald New Member Webmaster

    Domain name

    Helllo once again,

    I just wanted to tell you that there are many companies that provide domain names.You can refer ideastack.net
  3. seanbarron

    seanbarron New Member Webmaster

    You need space for your website exactly like you need space for your office. Web space is measured in MB’s and GB’s.

    There are various places you can buy webspace from. However, it’s is suggested to purchase a web hosting package from a reliable company. However, be careful of webhosts those who claims to provide unlimited space and bandwidth. Every hosting package has some limit and if you exceed that limit then you’ll be asked to pay for a higher package or move to another host.
  4. anurdh65

    anurdh65 New Member Webmaster

    Web hosting is usually a company who offers to host other people websites, host meaning that they you upload your site to their servers, which will then make the site available on the Internet at a certain address
    The web hosting services is from the web host of own domain name. I found a website which is @ low cost of providing the web host plans from the website tuck tail
  5. whwmike

    whwmike New Member Webmaster

    What is Web Hosting?

    A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their own website accessible via the World Wide Web. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server they own or lease for use by their clients as well as providing Internet connectivity, typically in a data center. Web hosts can also provide data center space and connectivity to the Internet for servers they do not own to be located in their data center, called colocation.

    Types of Hosting?

    Hosting services limited to the Web:

    Many large companies who are not internet service providers also need a computer permanently connected to the web so they can send email, files, etc. to other sites. They may also use the computer as a website host so they can provide details of their goods and services to anyone interested. Additionally these people may decide to place online orders.

    * Free web hosting service: Free web hosting is offered by different companies with limited services, sometimes advertisement-supported web hosting, and is often limited when compared to paid hosting.

    * Shared web hosting service: one's Web site is placed on the same server as many other sites, ranging from a few to hundreds or thousands. Typically, all domains may share a common pool of server resources, such as RAM and the CPU. The features available with this type of service can be quite extensive. A shared website may be hosted with a reseller.

    * Reseller web hosting: allows clients to become web hosts themselves. Resellers could function, for individual domains, under any combination of these listed types of hosting, depending on who they are affiliated with as a provider. Resellers' accounts may vary tremendously in size: they may have their own virtual dedicated server to a collocated server. Many resellers provide a nearly identical service to their provider's shared hosting plan and provide the technical support themselves.

    * Virtual Dedicated Server: also known as a Virtual Private Server (VPS for short) divides server resources into virtual servers, where resources can be allocated in a way that does not directly reflect the underlying hardware. VPS will often be allocated resources based on a one server to many VPSs relationship, however virtualisation may be done for a number of reasons, including the ability to move a VPS container between servers. The users may have root access to their own virtual space. This is also known as a virtual private server or VPS. Customers are sometimes responsible for patching and maintaining the server.

    * Dedicated hosting service: the user gets his or her own Web server and gains full control over it (root access for Linux/administrator access for Windows); however, the user typically does not own the server. Another type of Dedicated hosting is Self-Managed or Unmanaged. This is usually the least expensive for Dedicated plans. The user has full administrative access to the box, which means the client is responsible for the security and maintenance of his own dedicated box.

    * Managed hosting service: the user gets his or her own Web server but is not allowed full control over it (root access for Linux/administrator access for Windows); however, they are allowed to manage their data via FTP or other remote management tools. The user is disallowed full control so that the provider can guarantee quality of service by not allowing the user to modify the server or potentially create configuration problems. The user typically does not own the server. The server is leased to the client.

    * Colocation web hosting service: similar to the dedicated web hosting service, but the user owns the colo server; the hosting company provides physical space that the server takes up and takes care of the server. This is the most powerful and expensive type of the web hosting service. In most cases, the colocation provider may provide little to no support directly for their client's machine, providing only the electrical, Internet access, and storage facilities for the server. In most cases for colo, the client would have his own administrator visit the data center on site to do any hardware upgrades or changes.

    * Cloud hosting: is a new type of hosting platform that allows customers powerful, scalable and reliable hosting based on clustered load-balanced servers and utility billing. Removing single-point of failures and allowing customers to pay for only what they use versus what they could use.

    * Clustered hosting: having multiple servers hosting the same content for better resource utilization. Clustered Servers are a perfect solution for high-availability dedicated hosting, or creating a scalable web hosting solution. A cluster may separate web serving from database hosting capability.

    * Grid hosting: this form of distributed hosting is when a server cluster acts like a grid and is composed of multiple nodes.

    * Home server: usually a single machine placed in a private residence can be used to host one or more web sites from a usually consumer-grade broadband connection. These can be purpose-built machines or more commonly old PCs. Some ISPs actively attempt to block home servers by disallowing incoming requests to TCP port 80 of the user's connection and by refusing to provide static IP addresses. A common way to attain a reliable DNS hostname is by creating an account with a dynamic DNS service. A dynamic DNS service will automatically change the IP address that a URL points to when the IP address changes.

    Obtaining hosting ?

    Web hosting is often provided as part of a general Internet access plan; there are many free and paid providers offering these services.

    A customer needs to evaluate the requirements of the application to choose what kind of hosting to use. Such considerations include database server software, scripting software, and operating system. Most hosting providers provide Linux-based web hosting which offers a wide range of different software. A typical configuration for a Linux server is the LAMP platform: Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Perl/Python. The webhosting client may want to have other services, such as email for their business domain, databases or multi-media services for streaming media. A customer may also choose Windows as the hosting platform. The customer still can choose from PHP, Perl, and Python but may also use ASP .Net or Classic ASP.

    Web hosting packages often include a Web Content Management System, so the end-user doesn't have to worry about the more technical aspects. These Web Content Management systems are great for the average user, but for those who want more control over their website design, this feature may not be adequate.

    Most modern desktop operating systems (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X) are also capable of running web server software, and thus can be used to host basic websites.

    One may also search the Internet to find active webhosting message boards and forums that may provide feedback on what type of webhosting company may suit his/her needs. However some of these message boards and forums will require not only registration, but a paid subscription to be able to access the sections and sub forums with such information.

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  6. Jose

    Jose New Member Webmaster

    There are many hosting platforms when it comes to web hosting service. However, the most popular is Linux and Windows and you can choose one between them as per your requirements.

    If you intend to host your site using ASP, FrontPage, ASP.NET environment, Windows Streaming Media, Access, MS SQL Server, or any of the other Microsoft’s owned technologies then you should opt for Windows hosting.

    Otherwise, Linux is what I would suggest :)

    Hope this helps...
  7. Eagle

    Eagle New Member Webmaster

    What is the Internet? Anyone use it?
  8. luckygal

    luckygal New Member Webmaster

  9. alfredroy

    alfredroy New Member Webmaster

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  10. nancy1

    nancy1 New Member Webmaster

    Thanks for sharing.
  11. d2hsean

    d2hsean New Member Webmaster

    Hi whwmike,

    Thank you for providing detail information of hosting types and services. Cloud hosting seems to be a new type of hosting platform. I am interested in it. Thank you once again.

    Keep us posting such good information.
  12. Eagle

    Eagle New Member Webmaster

    The wealth and depth of knowledge in this thread is truly humbling...
  13. Lovely

    Lovely Senior Member Webmaster

    In order to have your website to function online (world wide web) you need a web hosting service/company to store or \"host\" your web page on his server. Hosting is created through a server which are computers connected to the internet 24 hours a day used to publish your website online. Hosting is traditionally purchased in monthly intervals or yearly basic with an assigned amount of storage space based on the plan you choose. There is lots of web hosting service and companies online, a good example of them is Domain name registration, a hosting server can be a share hosting or dedicate hosting. A share server is a general server and it is very cheap to host on them, but dedicate server are more cost than share server.

    If you want to host your website on a server, you need to contact a good web hosting company online and make sure that they offer all the essential service you need to provide your website online 24/7 with an uptime of 99.8% or more.
  14. webhostingguru

    webhostingguru New Member Webmaster

    hostnexus.com : P but, I'm a little bit biased
  15. JennyRipley

    JennyRipley New Member Webmaster

    Simply speaking,web hosting is the home of your web site,which provides server devices ,technical support,and others help you to make your web site run smoothly.
  16. Sushant12

    Sushant12 New Member Webmaster

    Thanx for the information.

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