Web Hosting

General Information

Web hosting allows people and organizations to make their own website accessible via the World Wide Web. Web hosting providers are companies that sell disc space on a server they own or lease, and Internet connectivity.

Hosting Uptime

Hosting uptime is the percentage of time your website is accessible via the Internet. Many web hosting companies state that they aim for at least 99.9% uptime, but server restarts and server maintenance may or may not be considered part of the official uptime promise.

Hosting Types

Many large companies who are not internet service providers also need a computer permanently connected to the web so they can send email, files, etc. to other sites. They may also use the computer as a website host so they can provide details of their goods and services to anyone interested.

Free web hosting service

Free web hosting service is offered by different companies with limited services, sometimes supported by advertisements, and often limited in supporting different web languages when compared to paid hosting.

Shared web hosting service

Shared web hosting service is when your website is placed on the same server as many other sites. Typically all hosted websites share server resources, such as memory and processor.

Dedicated hosting service

Dedicated hosting is when the user gets his or her own Web server and gains full control over it (root access for Linux/administrator access for Windows); however, the user typically does not own the server. The user has full administrative access to the box, which means the client is responsible for the security and maintenance of his own dedicated box.

One may also search the Internet to find active webhosting message boards and forums that may provide feedback on what type of webhosting company may suit his/her needs.

 

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