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                                                           Web hosting Basics
                                                             By Steve Ashton

    Web hosting Basics by Steve Ashton

So you're about to embark on your first web project and you're wondering where on earth to start?
Well, one of the first things you'll need is a web hosting package. There are so many out there it can
seem daunting to try and choose one. In this article we'll teach you the basics to help you make an
informed decision.

What is Web Hosting?

For people to actually view your pages on the web, you must have your files located on a "web server".
When they visit your site, what they are actually doing is viewing those files. You can rent a little bit of
space on the web server, or if your site is large, rent an entire server for your site. Each server is
assigned an IP address. This is a four number address that is separated by dots. i.e. Every
domain name actually points to an IP address and this is how visitors access your files on the web

Once your site is hosted on a webserver, it can be viewed by any computer in the world through a web
browser. All they need to do is type in your domain name to view your web pages. Your site must be
hosted on a web server before it will be available to external visitors.

What is a Web Host

A Web Host is a company that owns and maintains webservers with the purpose of hosting web sites.
You rent space from these companies and in return they will maintain and service the server. Part of
this entails keeping the server software current, applying any security patches and ensuring the site is
always available, known as 'uptime'. To achieve peak performance, these servers are normally housed
in specialist 'datacenters' with dedicated high speed connections to ensure that website loading speeds
are as high as possible. A lot of web hosting companies will rent space in a large datacenter to save

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Web Host companies come in all shapes and sizes, from large multinational telecommunications
companies to joe bloggs down the street with a server in their office. A number of web hosting
companies will include a lot of other services to make them a one-stop shop to get yourself on the web.
This could include domain name registration which ensures your domain name will point to the correct
IP address as soon as the name is registered. If you register your domain name with a different
company you will need to specify the IP address of your hosting server before anyone is able to view
your files.

Types of Web Hosting

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting means your site will be hosted on a web server that is also hosting a number of other
websites at the same time. The server disk space and server resources, i.e. RAM, data transfer is
divided up between the various clients. Although your site is located on a shared server, your files are
still secure and can not be viewed by anyone else who also has their site on that web server.

As well as sharing the server resources, all the websites also share the same IP. This can be important
in some cases as some websites can get banned by search engines for improper behaviour such as
SPAM or illegal activities. When a website is banned, the search engine will block the IP address which
means all the other sites on the web server may also be affected. It is therefore important to ensure
that the web hosting company careful monitors the activities of the websites they host or state what
kind of sites are appropriate for that server.

Virtual Private Server Hosting

Virtual Private Servers (VPS) share some of the same characteristics as shared hosting but it provides
you with a bit more control over your own destiny. Like shared hosting, a web server is divided up and
the server's resources are split between the clients. What makes this different is that each partition is
given its own IP address and generally, there are a very limited amount of users on each server,
ensuring that you get a good share of the server's resources.

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated Hosting means that the entire web server is 'dedicated' to one website, or one client. A client
can host a number of their own websites if they choose to do so. The benefits of this are that you
control the server, and can be assured that no one else is doing anything on their website that will
affect your site. It also means that all the systems resources are geared to your site which will boost
the speed and reliability of your site. On the downside, having your own dedicated server incurs a
much bigger investment and you are responsible for ensuring that the server is always running.

This can be a great option if you run a large site that will cover these costs and you have the technical
expertise to manage the server.


I hope that after reading this you'll have a better idea about what kind of web hosting plan best suits
your particular needs. Remember to look around. There are lots of very good companies out there but
there are also a lot of bad one's. It pays to do some research about the company you choose before

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purchasing your web hosting plan.

Steve Ashton is a programmer and web developer. He runs two popular websites, Web Hosting
Guide and Domain Names Center.

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                       Web Hosting Forums: The Best Technical Support Team Around
                                              By Hyun Kim

 In the internet, virtually thousands of web hosting companies offer different attractive packages for the
worldwide market. Because of this, searching for the best web-hosting provider can be overwhelming
and confusing.

Although there are some websites that give reviews on certain web hosting providers, you can never
be sure if the content of the reviews are unbiased or just another paid advertisement.

The best way to receive unbiased information about web hosting and the best providers around is to
ask around different web hosting forums. Searching through web hosting forums not only gives you the
best leads for hosting companies, but also gives you information, answers about technical issues and
other concerns about web hosting.

Ask the Web Gurus in Web Hosting Forums

Imaging this scenario: You’re having trouble with your web hosting and the company that hosts your
website is not available. An important client relies on your website to transact business and you have
no idea how to fix the problem. Where do you go? What do you do?

Web hosting forums can be a great help. Since most members that post in web hosting forums are just
like you, who have their own websites, you could relate to them easily and ask them questions.

When you experience a hosting problem, it is possible that someone else has experienced the same
problem before. Web hosting forums allow webmasters to unite in one place and discuss issues about
web hosting, applications, hosting features and other concerns about web hosting.

Web hosting forums will benefit both beginners and advanced webmasters because they share
techniques, tested methods, marketing strategies and other information pertaining to the success of a

Not only can web hosting forums help you solve your problem and improve your website, it could also
inform you about the latest products and news about information technology, the world wide web and
new software to make your job easier.

Since members of a web hosting forum share the same goal of creating websites, improving business
and providing quality websites on the internet, you can also meet many people that could help your
website become successful. In addition, you could also look for other professionals who are interested
in starting up their own web hosting service.

With web hosting forums, you can expect unbiased information, advice, troubleshooting and other
important information about web hosting from different webmasters worldwide.

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