Web Hoster - What It Is And Why You Need It
In order to have your awesome website available to others, you need to find a reputable web hoster.
A web hosting service provides the platform or web space along with bandwidth for your website to be viewed by the millions of Internet users every day.
You have been busy researching, gathering and creating your Internet business and now you are ready to get your website on the Internet.
You will need to choose a web hoster, and there are a number of things you need to consider when choosing the host; some of these things are:
- Know what your operating system is
- Determine your needs in regards to connection speed, disk space, and traffic
- Understand the different types of databases
- Understand the different types of web hosts
Whether you are using Linux, Windows or Unix choose a host that also runs the same system.
For CGI, Linux or Unix hosts are your best options; for ASP (active server pages), Microsoft Frontpage, and Adobe Dreamweaver, Windows is an option.
Connection Speed: Lower speed modems can move 14 to 56,000 kilobits per second which translates into 1 to 5 written pages of text.
Disc Space: How big is your web site and how much do you expect to expand your site? Between 10 and 100MB of disk space is considered small to medium.
Remember that although your HTML pages maybe small, your images may be very large.
Images and graphics (including videos and sound files) need a good deal of disk space.
Traffic: Determining your traffic is a difficult because you don't know what to expect.
By using the formula of "average page size multiplied by the expected page views per month", you can get an estimated number of visitors that you will receive.
A small to medium site can expect 1GB to 5GB and a larger site can expect to use more than 100GB each month.
You'll need a database to hold all of the information that you will upload to the Internet.
The web hoster you choose needs to have ample room for your information.
The different databases available are: SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle and Access.
Now it is time to review the different types of web hosts available.
There is free hosting (great for personal use), shared or virtual hosting, dedicated hosting, and collocated hosting.
Each web hoster has their advantages, and taking the time to compare them is an important step.
Shared hosting provides benefits which include low cost, your own domain name and several software options.
The downside is multiple sites on one server and restrictions of traffic volume, as well as a restricted database and lack of software support.
Dedicated hosting is good for large business and high traffic.
You can have multiple domain names and excellent database support; however, it's expensive and requires more skill.
Collocated hosting offers high up-time, bandwidth, and security.
The downside is it's expensive and hard to configure and debug.
The web hoster that will be best for you is one that meets your needs, is cost effective, allows easy upgrading and has great support.
There is a great deal of information available on a number of different topics, and in regards to web hosts, there is so much information to gather and learn; hopefully many of your questions have been answered here.