An Introduction to Web Hosting – A Beginners Guide

An Introduction to Web Hosting – A Beginners Guide

If you have considered web hosting but just feel overwhelmed, you are in the right place. Securing web hosting services can seem like a huge endeavor; whether you are setting up a personal page or have been tasked with getting a business onto the web. In reality, there are only a few decisions that need to be made to get started. Below are some of the things you should look at when considering web hosting options.

Finding a Company – Three Important Factors

When deciding on hosting, the company you choose to do the web hosting really matters. There are plenty to choose from and some research into each company will help you find one that not only is affordable but also provides excellent customer service, plenty of features and access to free server-based applications.

When comparing companies based upon price, be sure to get pricing for different packages so you are able to compare hosting packages that are identical, or as close to identical as possible. The other choices you make below will affect pricing which is why it is important to get pricing for different options:

Server Stability

Researching each company should involve some third party websites to see how the web hosting companies rate. These ratings need to be looked at carefully in three areas. Percentage of downtime is one of the most critical. Even if your web hosting needs are for non-business purposes, excessive downtime will make it difficult for you as well as those trying to view the site.

Acceptable downtime should only be about 40 minutes per month which equates to about .1% downtime. Anything over 1-2% indicates that there is something going on with the company; whether it is internal business issues or external problems such as frequent hacking attempts, it should encourage you to move on. That said, if they have had one bad month, chalk it up to bad luck; however if they are consistently having issues, there are always other companies with better uptime ratings at the same price point.

Customer Service

The second rating to look into is more subjective. Researching web hosting companies will indicate which handle problems and customer service issues the best. For example, scheduled server maintenance should always be announced to customers but some companies choose not to alert customers which can easily affect their web-based businesses. Understanding the hours and availability of technical support is important as well as this is a place where it is very easy to cut costs.

If you feel you are going to need tech support at 2 am, then you need to find a company that has customer service hours that match your needs. Some budget hosting companies do not even offer phone support and email support is the only option with slower turn around. If 48 hours to resolve a hosting issue is acceptable, then email only tech support will be ok; however, for most people this is not acceptable.

Applications – You Never Know When You May Need Them

Finally, research the availability and quality of server applications each web hosting company provides. Even if you do not intend on using the applications today, having them available in the future could end up being important. For example, an entrepreneur may initially setup an account for web hosting simply to have sales pages for affiliate marketing campaigns running. They realize later that they need to find alternate ways to drive traffic to their sales pages aside from AdWords advertising and decide to add a blog.

If their hosting company supports and has WordPress or another blog authoring suite available to be installed and configured for free, then they can easily add this to their site. If they had not looked into finding a web hosting company with extra features, they would either have to pay extra to have it installed or would have to change web hosting companies.

Shared vs. Dedicated Hosting

If you are starting a web site for personal reasons or have a website where you do not expect excessive traffic you can save quite a bit of money by choosing shared hosting. Shared hosting means that your entire account, including your web page, email and applications is hosted on a server with others’ accounts.

If, however, your web site really starts picking up hits or has a lot of high bandwidth content such as flash applications or streaming content, there is a good chance that the information will not get to the recipient as fast as they are used to or will bog down other clients’ web pages on the shared server.

The upside is that you always can start with a shared server and if you (or the web hosting company) determine you need to move to a dedicated server, the migration process is simple and easy to accomplish.

What You Should Know About Shared Web Hosting

What You Should Know About Shared Web Hosting

If you are shopping around for web hosting solutions, you will likely see the term “shared hosting” quite often. This is especially true if you are looking for budget hosting solutions. The most popular and least expensive of all paid hosting options is shared hosting.

It may seem like you should also jump on the shared hosting bandwagon and it is quite likely that you should. But, shared is not for everyone so before making that decision, know exactly what you are in for and whether shared is really the best option for your hosting needs.

What is Shared Hosting?

In order for your website to appear on the Internet your files, pages and software applications need to reside on a server. That server then connects to the Internet and allows people to access your site.

There are several options of how to get your site on the Internet. You can host your own server in your facility, use another facility (co-location), choose to have your files on one server provided by your host (dedicated hosting) or you can choose to share server space with others at your provider.

Shared hosting means you share the server resources with others. You have complete access to your account and only your account and a set amount of resources and features.

Responsibilities: Your Web Host and You

With shared web hosting the provider is responsible for all server maintenance. General maintenance and upgrades to both server hardware and software are the sole responsibility of the host. The host may, for example, replace drivers or upgrade their operating system software.

You are responsible for your won site. You will use a control panel to have access to your site where you can monitor your traffic, upload files, set up your email and install applications. Most web hosts will not help you maintain your site as part of your hosting package. You will share the server with several other clients. Each of you will be allotted a certain amount of bandwidth, disc space and features that you control via your control panel.

Why Choose Shared Hosting?

While you may not necessarily fit well within a shared hosting environment there is a reason shared hosting is the most popular. It is the most affordable option available for paid hosting solutions. Most individuals, small businesses, medium sized businesses and moderately trafficked web sites will thrive in a shared hosting environment.

Web hosting is a highly competitive industry, thus it is common to find hosts that provide affordable packages rich in features. Some advantages include:

  • Price – Monthly fees are very affordable and you will often get even more of a discount if you pay in a lump sum for the entire year.
  • Scalability – Most hosts have a variety of packages. The smallest package comes with the lowest disc space and bandwidth allotments and may also only have a minimum amount of additional features. Then there is typically graduating packages that include additional features for a greater price. You can choose the minimum package you can get away with then upgrade as your site grows.
  • Features – Most hosts these days have ample options in features that will suit just about everyone’s needs. Included in this is often one click installation of popular scripts that will add functionality to your website. Forums, blogs, chat, calendars and more are examples of scripts that may be included in your package.

When Sharing May not be for You

While sharing suits the vast majority of purposes, there are those who are not suited to a shared environment. Enterprise businesses and high traffic sites are among those. The reasons you may not want to consider a shared solution include:

  • Performance – These days performance is not usually an issue because software and hardware on the server is much more robust and reliable. However, if there is a site that has a spike in traffic, you may see system problems.
  • File Restrictions – Because everyone on the server must be considered in order to maintain high uptime percentages and to guarantee the security of the server, some applications and functions may be restricted. You may not be able to run particular applications that are needed on your site.
  • Resource Restrictions – Although many web hosts claim unlimited resources, if you read the fine print you will see this is not really the case. If your site starts off on a shared server and becomes popular, something in your site bogs down the server or you start eating up too much bandwidth you will likely be asked to leave. There is a chance that you may have outgrown the possibility of shared services.

With dedicated hosting you have a lot more freedom to do what you wish and you have a greater amount of resources. However, you will also pay a lot more for those benefits. The fact is, most sites do not need the resources afforded dedicated servers and can instead use shared hosting. But, before making that decision, make sure you know exactly what shared hosting entails and whether or not you will likely fit into that model.

Hosting

What is Hosting?

The Wikipedia definition of hosting is, a web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server owned or leased for use by clients, as well as providing Internet connectivity, typically in a data center.

Do I need hosting?

Yes, if you are really serious about being in business then hosting a website is like owning your own land or warehouse/factory. From your hosting account you can then create websites, which is like shop buildings or office buildings that you can do business from.

Your website is an important asset of your business. It is like owning a property. Be sure when you purchase website services or hosting that you have account login access to your hosting account so you always have the ability to change hosting providers if you decide you are not happy with the service they provided. The login details to your hosting is like owning the deeds to your property.

And, if you are based in the UK and want to get business from clients in the UK, then I would really strongly recommend you use a hosting company whose servers are in the UK, and that’s something that only the top search engine optimisation specialists and consultants would know and comes from a lot of years of experience in internet marketing.

What is hosting?

1and1 are one of the biggest hosting companies in Europe and probably the world with over 11 Million customers and an enviable list of awards. On the upside they offer 24/7 online support (here is a little sneaky tip- this is the local number so you don’t have to pay 0870 prices they charge for support 01753 490401) The downside is they don’t have their servers hosted in the UK and they have so many clients you don’t get a personal service from thier Indian customer service call centres.

eUKhost
eUKhost are a good company to use in the UK and their datacentres are based in Milton Keynes and Maidenhead, so if you want business in the UK great and if you live near those two towns even better. They have some very well priced hosting packages and good support from the UK rather than a foreign call centre.

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