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Web Hosting And Necessary Considerations

by Kanika Aneja

Do you know what is web hosting? What factors are important to be considered while selecting a web host? If no, then it’s never too late to gain any knowledge. So, let’s start with, what actually web hosting is? Web Hosting is basically a procedure of providing a space and bandwidth to a new, to be launched website, on a high powered medium known as server. This server is connected to the internet and hosts a website through which we are able to see a website whenever we browse. There are various web hosting companies that facilitate you with these services at affordable prices. They own and maintain a large network of high-powered web servers at data centers with security monitoring staff.

There are different types of web hosting like Shared Web Hosting, Reseller Web Hosting, Dedicated Web Hosting and many more. You can simply choose a web hosting company according to your requirement and budget. A web hosting company charges you a monthly rental for its services and you can upload files or data anytime on your personal space on a web server and the data is visible to anybody who visits your space on internet. The monthly fees charged is far less than the cost of maintaining your own server this is the reason why people go for Web Hosting Companies and do not have their own server. Other than cost, web servers need technical skills to be handled and it’s not everybody’s cup of tea.
There are certain web hosting considerations that should be looked upon at the time of selecting a web host:

Databases
A database is a place to store data that can be used in a large variety of ways. Databases are used on the Internet for applications such as product catalogues, message boards, and shopping carts. The more applications you can set up on your web server, the more databases the web hosting provider allows you to create.

Statistics
It is nice to know how many visitors you've had on your website, where they came from, how much bandwidth they've used and how long they stay on your site. This information is collected by the web server and is placed in a log file. A statistics software package can read this data and provide meaningful information to you.

Uptime
Uptime is a term used to describe how often the average web site hosted by a company is available online. No company should be expected to provide an exact 100% uptime. This is impossible due to things such as hardware, software, and power failures. A vast majority of the companies are very good with uptime, and they guarantee it. It is still a good idea to be conscious of the uptimes posted by the company.

Backup
A good web hosting company will have a regular schedule to backup the data on all the web servers. The more often the data is backed up, it’s better. At least, a web hosting company should backup web site files daily.

Operating System
An operating system is a piece of software that controls the interaction between the computer user and the physical hardware of the machine. A vast majority of all web sites on the Internet run on the Linux operation system. Linux is generally much more stable than Windows. Stability is significant in running a web site. Some sites have specific requirements that only the Windows operating system can satisfy, but there are always alternatives to those requirements.

Bandwidth
The amount of bandwidth available can make a big difference in choosing a quality hosting plan. The more bandwidth a hosting company makes available to you, its better. This means you can support more traffic to your web site as your business grows.

Customer Support
In any business, it is very important to provide good customer service. And so is in web hosting. Many of the hosting companies are available 24x7 in case you have a problem with your web site, but there are some who are just available specific hours of the day. If your web site goes down in the middle of the night when they're not available, this means loss. You should make sure the web host you select is always available for support.

Price
The price of web hosting services is one of the most important factors. There are many hosting companies out there with cheap hosting packages, but they may be lacking in other areas. Don't let the price of a hosting package fool you. Price may be one of the most important decisions of a web hosting plan, but there is much more to consider in choosing a quality web host.

Disk Space
Disk space is the amount of physical storage space a web host gives to you to store your web files. Hosting companies these days have plans with disk space being measured mostly in terms of gigabytes, but some are still offering plans in the megabytes for storage space. Depending on your needs for file storage space, you can choose one.
Selecting an apt web hosting company can be a difficult decision but yet an important one, so, take it wisely.

Sunday, Dec 13th, 2009