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What Exactly is Hosting?

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You have a conception that you wish to convert into a site? Your very first step should be to uphold your inspiration and find a spot for your web site on the World Wide Web so that it will be always visible to the whole world.

Where should you host your web page?

Because the number of web sites on the web has risen rapidly in the last few years, the need for hosting services has also lead to the emergence of countless hosting service providers. These are firms that offer you hard drive storage space for your own site on their servers.

Sorts of hosting services

The scope of web hosting services varies greatly, so do the necessities of the web site possessors. The most basic type of hosting is the small-scale file hosting solution, where files can be uploaded using File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or a web-based user interface. Many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offer this service for free. Personal web page owners and firms can also obtain website hosting services from various hosting suppliers. Personal website hosting services are typically either free, advertisement-financed, or low-priced. Business website hosting services usually are more expensive, but due to the immense rivalry on the web hosting market, an escalating number of web hosting service providers, like us at AIA Web Hosting, provide business web hosting services at affordable prices and with flexible billing periods.

Sorts of websites and their requirements

The charge-free website hosting platform is generally sufficient for personal sites like portfolios or blogs. A more resource-demanding website, such as a community web portal or a corporate site, calls for a more powerful website hosting platform that offers database support and web application development platforms (including PHP). If you want to build an e-commerce site, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) must be supported by the hosting supplier of your choosing. Today, SSL certificates are furnished by the majority of web hosting suppliers.

The web hosting Control Panel

The hosting distributor usually also provides a Control Panel GUI for managing your web content, e-mail accounts, mailbox aliases, domains, DNS records, etc.

Service dependability

When choosing a hosting packages provider, service uptime is a very important aspect. The availability of a web site is estimated on a yearly basis by taking into consideration the time when the website is publicly available and viewable on the World Wide Web. Network and service uptime guarantees, therefore, should be cautiously taken into consideration when signing up for a web hosting plan. You should re-examine the SLAs and the TOS of the web hosting accounts provider of your choosing in advance. Reading reviews from existing customers is also a quite intelligent move before you decide to sign up.

The shared web hosting solution

The most popular and affordably priced type of web hosting service is the shared hosting solution. It offers 24x7 client support, which is a huge benefit for users who do not want to cope with server maintenance tasks, but could also impede users who wish to exert more authority over the web hosting server. For such customers, a VPSs or a dedicated servers would be more suitable. Most standard applications and scripts work alright on a shared hosting server. Moreover, the shared web hosting solution is more affordably priced than other types of web hosting solutions, such as the dedicated hosting, because the hosting packages provider divides the web hosting server among many users. The shared web hosting solution usually involves resource usage limits that ensure that the separate users do not interfere with each other and that the shared hosting web server stays stable.

Managing your shared website hosting account

Shared web hosting plans typically include a web-based Control Panel, such as cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk, etc. The majority of the big web hosting companies, again like us at AIA Web Hosting, avail of their own custom-made web hosting Control Panel user interface.

Web server maintenance

With the shared website hosting platform, the web hosting solutions provider is responsible for managing the web and electronic mail servers, for installing server software, security updates and patches, and for offering tech support to its customers. Most servers are based on the Linux Operating System. The web hosting vendor's sysadmins are responsible for maintaining the Operating System up to date, unless you have a dedicated hosting server and root access.

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