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Web Hosting Explanation

You have a concept that you wish to convert into a site? Your first move should be to uphold your inspiration and find a spot for your web site on the World Wide Web so that it will be constantly accessible to the whole world.

Where should you host your website?

Since the number of web pages online has increased rapidly during the last couple of years, the need for website hosting services has also lead to the birth of innumerable web hosting firms. These are companies that offer you disk drive space for your own website on their hosting servers.

Sorts of web hosting services

The ambit of hosting services fluctuates immensely, so do the needs of the web site owners. The most basic web hosting type is the small-scale file hosting solution, where files can be uploaded via File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or a web-based interface. Plenty of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offer this service for free. Personal website owners and firms can also obtain website hosting services from different hosting service providers. Personal website hosting services are typically either free, ad-financed, or low-priced. Business website hosting services normally are more expensive, but owing to the great competition on the marketplace, a growing number of hosting distributors, like us at Tomserver.com, supply business web hosting services at affordable prices and with flexible billing periods.

Types of sites and their requirements

The charge-free website hosting platform is usually sufficient for personal websites such as portfolios or blogs. A more resource-swallowing site, like a community web site or a corporate page, calls for a more powerful website hosting platform that offers database support and application development platforms (e.g. PHP). If you want to host an e-shop, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) must be supported by the hosting vendor of your choice. As of now, Secure Sockets Layer certificates are offered by the majority of hosting providers.

The web hosting Control Panel

The web hosting supplier normally also offers a hosting Control Panel tool for managing your files, mailboxes, mail aliases, domains, DNS records, and so on.

Service reliability

When picking a hosting plan, website availability is a very essential criterion. The accessibility of a website is estimated on a yearly basis by taking into consideration the time when the website is publicly accessible and visible on the Internet. Network and service availability guarantees, therefore, should be vigilantly taken into account when signing up for a web hosting service. You should re-examine the SLAs and the Terms & Conditions of the web hosting supplier of your choice in advance. Finding online reviews from existing customers is also a very smart step before you decide to subscribe.

The shared web hosting platform

basic
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$3.50 / month
Standard
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
4 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$11.00 / month
 

The most widely used and affordably priced type of web hosting service is the shared web hosting solution. It offers 24x7x365 support, which is a huge benefit for customers who do not want to deal with server maintenance procedures, but could also obstruct users who desire to exercise more control over the web hosting server. For such customers, a virtual private servers or a dedicated hosting would be more suitable. Most standard applications and scripts work okay on a shared web hosting server. In addition, the shared web hosting solution is less expensive than other kinds of hosting solutions, like the dedicated hosting, because the hosting solutions provider splits the shared web hosting server among numerous customers. The shared hosting solution typically involves resource usage restrictions that ensure that the separate clients do not meddle with each other and that the hosting server stays stable.

Handling your shared web hosting account

Shared website hosting plans typically offer a web-based Control Panel, like cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk, and so on. The majority of the big hosting corporations, again like us at Tomserver.com, use their own custom-built hosting Control Panel.

Web server maintenance

With the shared website hosting solution, the hosting solutions provider is responsible for managing the web and email servers, for installing web server software, security updates and patches, and for providing tech support to its clients. Most web servers are based on the Linux Operating System. The web hosting provider's system administrators are responsible for keeping the OS up to date, unless you have a dedicated web server and full server root privileges.