The more the amount of websites on the Internet grow, the more important web hosting is to keeping those websites thriving. Anyone who has a website, whether it be for business or for fun, will require the services of a good web host. Web hosting companies understand this need and usually bend over backwards to offer wonderful hosting packages that cater to a wide customer base. Continue reading “A Brief Introduction to Web Hosting”
Nowadays, it is easy to build a website because many site builder tools are provided. After you have created the content for your website, you need to upload it to a server. But before you can upload it to a server, you need to have a web hosting service.
When a visitor enters a URL into the web browser, they are requesting the server to show the web page. Once the user hits enter, the browser will detect the address and search for the web host address. The web host address is the address of the server where the files are being hosted. Once the server had processed the request, it will display the web page to the user.
From the above scenario, you’ve learned that the website needs a server before it can be displayed publicly on the Internet. When the user requested the page, the server checks if that particular page is available on the server.
When shopping for a web hosting company, you must take into account important factors such as disk space and bandwidth. The disk space determines the maximum size of the files stored on the server. The bandwidth limit is the limit of the bandwidth for transferring of files per month. You must figure out the amount of bandwidth required by your site.
The bandwidth refers to the maximum allowed bytes of transfer from the server to the user. Normally, the bandwidth limit displayed on the website refers to the monthly bandwidth limit. If more bytes of files are being transferred then allowed in your web hosting plan, the web host will warn you or maybe even suspend your account. Therefore, it is important to choose a web hosting plan that offers enough disk space and bandwidth.
After you have chosen a web hosting company, you must upload the files to the server. If the files are uploaded, the files will be displayed when requested by the user. Sometimes, the files may not be completely uploaded. If this happens, you must reupload the files so that it will display correctly to the user. You will know if a file is not uploaded properly by comparing the size of the uploaded file and original file. Files that are not uploaded properly have a smaller size than the original files. The FTP client is used to upload the files to the server. Examples of FTP clients include Ipswitch, and Cute FTP.
When you are starting your online business, or looking for another server to expand your business, you need to find a good web hosting package that can fulfill your needs. If you don’t have enough technical knowledge, finding a new web hosting plan can be really confusing. To make it easier, there are a few important points to use in comparing the web hosting packages. This article will discuss tips for choosing a good web hosting package, assuming that we are going to purchase shared web hosting, because it is the most affordable and popular type of web hosting. However, the tips can also be used for choosing dedicated web hosting.
The first thing to check is the bandwidth. A website built for business will have to get a lot of traffic to get more profit. If we are going to run a website with a lot of content and multimedia, we need to find a web hosting package that provides around 10-20 GB for the bandwidth. In this case, more is better. If we can find a package that provides 30 GB of bandwidth, then why choosing a package that only give 15GB but costs the same or even more?
The second things to find in a web hosting package are features. The standard features of a web hosting package are email accounts, FTP accounts, and MySQL databases. Unlimited email accounts are not necessary, but we have to make sure that we will be able to create enough email addresses for everyone. We also need to make sure that we will be able to create enough databases for our needs.
The third thing to find is the space provided by the web hosting package. It will be hard to keep all of our files that we need to run our online business if we don’t have enough space. Just like when looking for bandwidth, more space is better. We never know to what size our business will be able to grow in the future.
The number of web hosting providers on the web keeps growing. Each of them offers many options that we can choose from, with many different prices. Some of them are expensive, but most of them are really reasonably priced. However, the basic tips that we have discussed should be able to guide you to find a web hosting service that fit your budget and needs.