Web Hosting Secrets You Must Know about
Web hosting companies offer a wide array of services today, some which come at a price and others which are free of charge. The free service is mainly sponsored by advertisements placed on the website; therefore you get to pay indirectly for the service. At the most basic level, web hosting entails small scale file hosting where files can either be uploaded either through an interface or using File Transfer Protocol (FTP). The files require very little processing for them to be delivered to the cyberspace.
Web hosting is basically used for simple and small websites but complex corporate websites need a very sophisticated and high level of database support as well as platforms for application development e.g. PHP, ASP.NET, and Java. It further has an interface panel like cPanel, Plesk, and Hosting Controller which make it possible to have manageable e-mail service that will make it easy to install scripts and manage the web server more adequately.
In other cases, web hosts specialize in a particular service or software, hence are hired by corporate establishments and organizations to outsource work to a certain company. Web hosting further entails hosting uptime which is the total percentage of time that the host is reachable, or rather, accessible to surfers on the cyberspace. Most companies aim to offer a hosting uptime of up to 99.99%. In interpretation, this will mean that in a year, the downtime will be circa 8 hours and 46 minutes. Be advised though that planned interruptions for whatever reasons together with server maintenance and restarts are a reality and shouldn’t be ignored altogether.
Web hosts can at other times run internet hosting services. There are some web hosting services that are strictly limited to the internet, and which have their own share of merits and demerits. They include:
– Virtual dedicated server
– Dedicated hosting server
– Reseller hosting
– Shared web hosting
– Free web hosting
– Clustered hosting
Specialized web hosting services include on the other hand include:
– Image hosting
– Video hosting
– Blog hosting
– Shopping cart software
The web hosting business has become a very competitive one; no wonder the industry players are becoming more and more creative when advertising their products and services. They put together very many client benefits into their user-friendly packages, inclusive of free services. Granted, if the services are free, why would anyone bother to pay for the same service? Well, the old expression you get exactly what you paid for becomes more valid in this instance.
For one, free services offer very limited services and secondly, because they don’t charge you to host your website, they will need to generate some revenue off it. This they do by maybe placing advertisements on your website. Chances are you will not have any control of the kinds of, and number of ads placed on your site. Such free services are also known to restrict the kind of content put on a website. In some cases, you may not even be able to have videos or music on your site, or even sell any products. Needless to mention, the ads placed maybe competing with your products, but it’s a matter of take it or leave it.
Josh D. is blogger and writer. He currently writes for digbacklink.com, which is a backlink checker tool for webmaster.