Web Hosting Basics

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.