Beginners Guide to Web Hosting

A web hosting service is a type of hosting service provided by web host companies that gives you the necessary space and allows you to upload and manage your website on the world wide web and also makes your website accessible to others in the Internet. This… [COLOR=black][imgalign=left][/imgalign]A web hosting service is a type of hosting service provided by web host companies that gives you the necessary space and allows you to upload and manage your website on the world wide web and also makes your website accessible to others in the Internet. This service is provided by companies having space on a server or on a data center, or a means of collocation, when they do not have their own data center. There are different types of hosting services available, like free, shared, dedicated, etc[/COLOR]

[B][COLOR=black]Free hosting:[/COLOR][/B]

[COLOR=black]Free hosting is best for small sites having low traffic. They are mostly the personal pages like family sites having no commercial implications. You may receive very little technical support from the service provider. You cannot use your exclusive domain name and looks amateurish at times. The web host usually includes advertisements in the form of banners in your website hosted with them for free, to earn money. The advantages are[/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Low cost/No cost. [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Good for sites having limited traffic, non-commercial applications. [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]May have free email options. [/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]The disadvantages are[/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]You cannot get domain names. Your address becomes cumbersome to type, to remember, or to refer. [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Few or limited software options. [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Limited security, technical support options [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Advertisement blocks in your website [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Your website will be hosted on a server which has thousands of other websites. This leads to bandwidth crunch and lower uptime [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Your website URL will typically look like a sub directory or folder inside the hosting provider’s domain rather than your domain itself. For example, http://{free web host}/{your site} and not http://{your site}. This can lead to SEO issues as well. [/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]We recommend you to go for free hosting providers, if you want to host some data that does not have a high security value. Go for it if you want to upload music files, mp3s nd data for quick accessibility across locations[/COLOR]


[B][COLOR=black]Shared or Virtual Hosting:[/COLOR][/B]

[COLOR=black]This is the most common type of hosting which is cost effective as well. In this case, your website will be a part of a powerful server. This server will be shared by, say, 100 other web sites along with you. You can have your exclusive domain name. You get features like ASP, PHP, MySQL, and multiple e-mail addresses. There are a varied number of hosts providing shared hosting. Prices start from just $2 per month to upto $20 to $30 per month. The advantages of shared hosting are[/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Reasonable cost (starting atas low as $2 per month) as the expenditure is shared. [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]You can have domain name that looks professional and guarantees more business. It is good for a small- or medium-sized business. [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]You can also have multiple software support like email or database and other useful features like options of editing. [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Good technical support from the hosting company. [/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]However, the disadvantages are[/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Security options are limited as many sites are hosted on one server. [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Sharing imposes serious restrictions on the volume of traffic. [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Database and software supports are limited. When your business grows, it may not provide the level of support you would need. [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Your IP address is shared by the numerous other websites that are hosted on the same server. If one of the other websites on the same server is banned due to spamming, then it is possible that the IP address of the server is blocked by some organizations or countries. In such a case, your website will be unreachable as well. [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Shared hosts have the limitations on memory, CPU and bandwidth usage. This can have a drastic impact on the website uptime, if you run scripts which are not optimized or memory efficient. [/COLOR]
[COLOR=black][imgalign=right][/imgalign]Many [URL=””]web hosting[/URL] companies provide the concept of dedicated IP addresses for websites on shared hosts. This in effect means that, your website will have a unique IP address that is mapped to your website on the server. The Internet will identify you with the dedicated IP address and this protects you from being banned due to some other spamming website on the shared server. Usually this costs around $30 to $40 per year and its well worth the price.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=black]If you are looking at a good shared host, then you may please pay special attention to the following while choosing the host:[/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Check if the bandwidth provided, will be sufficient for your website. This depends on your site traffic. [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Good number of email accounts. If you are a medium or big sized organization, then you may need more than 500 to 1000 email accounts [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]If you are looking at running scripts like Joomla or WordPress, then ensure that the host provides PHP 5.x and mySQL 5.x [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Sufficient disk space to host your site and to hold your site data and content as it grows in the future [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Check if the hosting provider gives a money back guarantee, if in case you are not satisfied with the service [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Checkout the support options from the hosting provider [/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]We strongly recommend Hostmonster or Blue Host for shared hosting. For JV-Extensions, we use the Hostmonster for web hosting and we are glad that we are with them. Hostmonster gives an excellent uptime, though there have been a few situations when the site was down due to maintenance activities and intermittent router issues. Hostmonster also has CPU limitations on the shared server, but as far as you run good scripts that are memory efficient, it should not be a problem. The support from hostmonster is excellent and world class. They are always available on chat and any issue reported is worked on immediately. You can be sure that, there is someone always available to help you.[/COLOR]

[B][COLOR=black]Dedicated Hosting[/COLOR][/B]

[COLOR=black][imgalign=right][/imgalign]This is the best option if you do not have a serious budget constraint. You website is hosted on a dedicated server that presents high traffic. Prices of dedicated hosting typically are in the ranges of $150 or $200 and even more![/COLOR]

[COLOR=black]There are two types of dedicated hosting:[/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black][B]Self-managed hosting[/B]: Self managed or unmanaged type of dedicated hosting is least expensive in this category. In this you lease the entire server and NOT just a portion of it. You are exclusively responsible for the maintenance and security of the dedicated box. Additionally, you need to manage your server and perform administration activities as well. Normally those who go for dedicated hosting, hire a technical person to handle the administration tasks on the server.[/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black][B]Managed hosting[/B]: Managed hosting is another type of dedicated hosting, where you have full control on the server except that, the hosting provider gives technical support and basic system administration guidance. You will still have complete control over your server and the server is exclusively for your use only. [/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]The advantages of dedicated hosting are[/COLOR]

[*][COLOR=black]Full control on the server [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]You can choose the hardware, software and the operating system on your server [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]You can have multiple domain names [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Powerful and secured system with unlimited software solutions with robust email solutions. [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Best for large business that needs high traffic. [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Higher database support needed for a big enterprise [/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]The disadvantages are[/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Expensive than shared hosting [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]It demands higher technical skills from the users. [/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]Some web hosting companies provide server administration for a small additional fee as well. This is usually the solution adopted by enterprises and huge organizations.[/COLOR]

[B][COLOR=black]Collocated Hosting[/COLOR][/B]

[COLOR=black]In Collocated Hosting or co-location hosting (also known as Reseller hosting) you can place your own web server on the locations of a service provider. It is like running an exclusive server for your use. The advantages are[/COLOR]

[*][COLOR=black]You can get good bandwidth with protection against fire or other hazards and high up time. [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Regulated backup power and dedicated Internet connections [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Unlimited software and technical support [/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]Disadvantages are[/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Expensive. [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Demands higher skills with difficulties in configuration and debugging. [/COLOR]
[B][COLOR=black]Hosting Providers:[/COLOR][/B]

[COLOR=black]Choosing a good hosting provider can be complicated as each one of them differs in their offerings. We have listed below a set of hosting providers of various types which we recommend. Most of them deliver good value for the money, and they all have a very high commitment to quality. Because every customer has his or her own specific needs and requirements, it’s difficult for us to single out the provider that will suit you the best. Therefore, we recommend that you visit these sites yourself and have a look at the different offers, so you can find the best deal for you:[/COLOR]

[B][COLOR=black]Free Hosting[/COLOR][/B]

[B][COLOR=black]Shared Hosting[/COLOR][/B]

[B][COLOR=black]Dedicated Hosting[/COLOR][/B]

[COLOR=black]AwardSpace[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Hostmonster[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]LunarPages[/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]Jumpline[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Blue Host[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]HostIcan[/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]ByetHost[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]GoDaddy[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Host Gator[/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]FreeHostia[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]Host Gator[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]eSecureData[/COLOR]

[COLOR=black]Choosing the right web host is not an easy task. The selection process for hosting will entirely depend on[/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Your current requirements and the one that is most cost effective. [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]A system that can be upgraded with increasing demand. [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]The system you will be most comfortable working with. [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Your bandwidth and uptime requirements [/COLOR]
[*][COLOR=black]Your application, scripts that you are planning to use and the support you would need [/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]We hope this article at the least helped you get an insight into what web hosts are and what kinds of services they offer. Its more a beginners guide to web hosting and we suppose it is useful to you in deciding the right web host. We will be following this up with another article by digging deeper into Shared Hosting in specific. Watch out![/COLOR]