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Understanding Website Hosting

By Shaly Criston Subscribe to RSS | February 28th 2012 | Views:

Website hosting is an Internet hosting service that is fast becoming popular, especially among businesses. It allows businesses and individuals to make accessible their websites on the Internet. The service is hosted by web host companies that provide a server or a space on a server that is owned or leased by clients. These web host companies also provide Internet connection which is usually in a data center. Web host companies also provide a data center space as well as Internet connectivity for other servers that are located in their data centers.

The Many Types of Internet Hosting:

Web servers are usually run by Internet hosting services. Many large companies need computers that are permanently connected to the Internet to send and receive emails, files, photographs, videos and many more to other websites. They may also use their computers as website hosts to provide information about their products and services as well as receive and acknowledge online orders.

There are many types of Internet hosting services. The free website hosting is provided by different companies that have limited services and most of the time, comes with advertisements. Because it is free, this service is limited in scope compared with paid hosting.

If you talk about shared web hosting, it involves the placement of one website on the same server together with other sites. This service has domains that share a common server resource. A reseller may host a shared website. On the other hand, a reseller web hosting enables clients to be web hosts themselves. The account of resellers varies in size and they may have their own virtual dedicated hosting server or a collocated server.

Also a distributed hosting, a grid hosting service involves a server cluster that functions like a grid and composed of multiple nodes. Meanwhile, a clustered hosting provides multiple servers that host the same contents for better resource use. This type of hosting is the perfect solution for dedicated hosting or to create a scalable website hosting solution.

Another popular hosting service is the cloud hosting. This type of hosting allows customers to have scalable, powerful and reliable hosting that is based on clustered servers. Compared with alternatives, a cloud hosted site is more reliable because other computers can compensate in the event that a single hardware fails. Also, a cloud hosted site is less vulnerable to local power interruption or disruption or natural disaster as a cloud web hosting service is decentralized.

In dedicated hosting service, you get your own web server. This means that you have full access and control over your server. However, you only get to control the server but not own it. A type of dedicated web hosting is unmanaged or self-managed. Compared to other dedicated plans, this type of dedicated web hosting is least expensive and you get full administrative access and control to the server. This means that you are responsible for the safety, security and maintenance of your server.

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