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​ basics.

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 some terminology...

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.

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