Web Hosting Basics
If you don’t know the concept of web hosting or have never hosted any website before, then this article possibly will help you to know some of the hosting basics.
In general, there are three principal classifications of web hosting. The first one dedicated hosting, second is shared hosting and third is VPS hosting. The shared hosting can be further divided into paid and free. Yes, it’s true there is free hosting service available on the Internet but there are many limitations in using that service.
Before you go through the hosting types, get familiar with some of the hosting terminology.
Bandwidth: It is the total data that your website can use in a given period of time. This is sometimes referred to as data transfer. When persons visit your website or view different pages, they are downloading it from the server, and this adds up to your bandwidth.
Storage: It is basically the part of hard-drive space your are allotted to upload your files on your server.
Dedicated hosting, or a dedicated server, is when you grab a whole server. And you are also allowed to use its full resource and can have access to the root directory of the server, which is required in some cases.
For really high-traffic website dedicated hosting is best but shared hosting is normally more than sufficient for individuals and small-business owners.
Shared hosting is basically when a hosting company provides you web-space, which is also shared by other users. Your hosting provider will generally give you monthly limits for bandwidth, storage, email accounts, etc.
Depending on the kind of server and your hosting provider, there may be occasions when you can face down times. High traffic on one website could have an impact on other sites hosted on the same server.
Free hosting is shared hosting you get from a free hosting company and have very limited service or features. You can start your website with a free hosting service to understand the basics of FTP and control panel.
Paid hosting these days are quite cheap because of high competition. You can easily get decent solid hosting with complete needed features for under 4000 Rupees. Sometimes, Such service also includes a free domain name and free setup with a money-back guarantee.
If you are sure to get a paid hosting, be extremely picky. The last thing you want is to end up with a bad web host. Read some reviews on choosing the right domain name and also go through the reports of various web hosting companies.
Do not go with company that is new to the business or with some negative reviews. Once your website is up and running do not forget to take regular backups to avoid any losses of data.