Why Shared Hosting Is So Cheap?

As shared hosting has the reputation of being cheapest form of web hosting, it is also the most popular hosting form all over the world. If we analyze the reason of shared hosting’s popularity, we come to know some facts as ‘When newly formed businesses are entering in to Internet world at very first time through their new websites, they are not ready to spend large amount of money as a Hosting expense. As a result of this businessmen directly check out for the cheapest form of web hosting services, and they decide to go for shared hosting.

Different hosting companies provide their hosting services with different pricing and different set ups and configurations. The basic reason behind shared hosting is called as shared hosting because it is based on shared server resources, this means one server is parted in to hundreds of partitions which are used by hundreds of websites. All factors based on a server like operating system, disk space, random access memory (RAM), Central processing unit (CPU) are used commonly by all websites, surprisingly even bandwidth which is an important factor from webmaster’s point of vies is also shared as per demanding need of a particular website.

As it is a cheapest form of hosting anyone can find pricing options very quickly. It is also widely used in the form of cPanel Hosting because it comes with a control panel which is used to control email accounts, database, FTP, sub-domains website’s statistics, fantastico and many other valuable features, these all features plays an important role in reviewing your website’s performance and the direction of progress it is doing. cPanel Hosting is a blessing for such webmasters who has a tight and limited budget for the conduction of their online operations.

Though many websites are sharing the same server in this kind of hosting type, surprisingly there is no limitation on disk-space, bandwidth or other features. The basic reason behind this is, very powerful and highly configured servers are used by hosting companies for their customers. Many hosting companies provided both options of limited disc-space and unlimited disk-space to their clients. Client has to choose the option considering his website’s need.

This hosting type is considered as a perfect choice for news blogs, because these type of blogs do not content any heavy data such as videos, audios and other flash object which comparatively need higher amount of bandwidth. If we compared Linux shared hosting with Windows shared hosting then we come to know that comparatively Linux hosting is a little bit cheaper than Windows hosting almost in all form of hosting, the main factor which affects on the high pricing of Windows hosting is the licensing cost. All of know that Linux is a free open-source platform. Surprisingly despite being cheaper than Windows Hosting Linux Hosting is capable of using system resources in better manner than Windows Hosting.

Till now we have seen all goodies of shared hosting but on the other side it has also some limitations and drawbacks of its own. As webmasters need to share the servers with other webmasters he has very limited access and control on that particular server. If any particular website consumes excess bandwidth provided to a shared server than it affects to other websites residing on the same server hens faces some accessibility issues. All websites hosted on a shared server also need to share a single IP address. Any malfunction performed by other website may affect your website’s performance due to sharing same server.

Share hosting made it possible to bring many small businesses on Internet and it also helped may people to do marketing of their products and services on the Internet.

How To Setup And Manage Multiple Websites With Reseller And Shared Hosting Services

If you already have one website, it is possible that you have been considering that your business or interests would benefit from having more than one. If you are a newcomer to this interesting aspect of the Internet, you will be probably confused not only by the quite technical terminology used but also by the many different possibilities, opinions and offers that you can find online. In this article, we will see how easy instead is to setup and manage more than one website, either for business purposes, such reselling, or for personal interest.

Getting domain names is relatively straightforward, just pick the domain registrar you want to buy from and purchase the names you prefer. Of course like with every other investment in life, one must be careful to deal with serious businesses. Prices may vary a little, but on average a.com domain name will cost you around $10/year. Often registrars try to differentiate themselves offering a number of additional services, such as hosting, special offers, support forums and so on. They may also offer special deals, like buy a.com and get a.info free, or free ID Protection (your details will not show up on WhoIs). What you want to especially verify is that the chosen registrar is reputable, has been in business long enough, and from a technical standpoint, make sure they offer an easy to understand control panel (to manage your domains). GoDaddy for example (the largest accredited registrar in the world), allows you to open a free account, so you can see yourself how easy (or not) is for you to navigate through their pages.

Most registrars also offer hosting, but one thing that I want to make clear, is that you do not need to host your websites with the same provider from which you bought the domains. You can buy your domains from GoDaddy (to make an example), and host with someone else. It doesn’t really matter and it won’t cost you more to do so. If this is the case, you will be managing all your domains with your hosting company, and renew and pay the domain names with the registrar. This is done once a year (or two etc.) and takes only a few minutes (or they can even be set to be renewed automatically). Keeping things separate has the benefit that you can shop around for the best deals both for registering and hosting.

If getting a domain name is quite straightforward, not so for the hosting. At this point, in fact, you must figure out what are you getting multiple domain names for. This is because basically, you can have either a shared or a so called reseller hosting account. They are quite similar and for this reason many hosts offer both. Despite the difference in the name though, make no mistake, in both cases you share your resources amongst your websites. The main difference is that with a reseller account you can re-sell hosting, so this solution is good if you want to start this as a business (which can be quite profitable, but of course it is a very competitive niche since it is so easy and inexpensive to get started). From a technical point of view, in a shared account, all your websites will be accessed through a single ftp access, and managed from a single control panel. This is obviously not good if you want to resell hosting to different individuals, but also if you like to keep things separate, or if you plan to sell one or more of your hosted websites in the future. In this case choose a reseller account. All your websites will still share the same IP, the same resources (disk space, bandwidth etc.), but they will each have separate ftp accesses, and each of them will have an unique control panel (usually a CPanel. I assume throughout the article that we are discussing UNIX hosting). The reseller account (the domain that you will be using to open your reseller account) will also have, besides a CPanel, its own control panel (WHM, Web Host Manager), from which you can configure and control all your domains resources, permissions and so on.

Let’s make an example also from a financial point of view. A popular hosting company, HostGator, offers shared hosting starting at $7.95/month for unlimited domains, and also reseller hosting, still for unlimited domains, three times dearer, at $24.95/month. To make things more confusing, the shared hosting package promises unlimited disk space and unlimited bandwidth, while with the more expensive reseller hosting both disk space and bandwidth are clearly limited. One may think that it would be better to purchase the shared hosting, when in fact, for the reasons mentioned above, for many it may not. For one, promising “unlimited” space and speed, like many hosts do, does not make much sense, because, of course, they are both limited (an hard is an hard disk, can’t be “unlimited”!). But since they know and hope that by yourself you will never be able to be using much capacity, “overselling” disk space and bandwidth has become quite common. The lower price for the shared hosting is probably because it is much easier for them to set-up and maintain a shared account vs a reseller’s. Then again other hosts offer reseller hosting cheaper than shared hosting, so just look around. In any case, unless you are going to use multiple domains for strictly personal use – like having more than one blog etc. – going with the reseller account would be more convenient, but not just from a financial point of view. For example with a reseller hosting you also have the opportunity to purchase several important add-ons that can make a difference in the long term. You can add shared or dedicated IP addresses, SSL certificates, and other options. But above all, the convenience of having everything separate and under control with a single WHM panel can’t be underestimated. As said, if you plan to resell hosting this is the only solution, and the beauty of this is also that you will be able to provide your own unique nameservers (not so with a shared account), so in the eyes of the clients you will look like you are the actual host (meaning, to keep the HostGator example, that if you get a reseller account from them, and use your own nameservers, your own customers will never see the word HostGator anywhere, not even at WhoIs. Of course when you resell hosting you will be the one in charge of support towards your own customers).

So how do you proceed to start your very own multi-domains or web hosting company? First thing you want to do is pick a reputable registrar, create an account and purchase a domain that will be your hosting domain, for example let’s call it myhost dot com. Next, purchase a reseller hosting account from an also reputable host, usually you will be charged monthly for this. You will have to indicate your hosting domain, as per example, myhost dot com. After the usual create account, choose username, password etc. and of course payment, you will receive an email with your details. Generally these will confirm and include the type of plan you purchased, the domain name, login details, your panels (i.e. myhost dot com/whm and myhost dot com/cpanel) and IP address (for 1-2 days you will be using http “IP address” in numeral form rather than http myhost dot com, i.e. until the propagation is completed — see below). You will also be given ftp details, and you own mail servers, usually in the form mail.myhost.com. The last important thing will be your own nameservers, which generally are in the form of dns1.myhost.com and dns2.myhost.com. You must register these nameservers at your domain registrar before they will function. These nameservers will be used for all domains hosted in your reseller account. So go back to the registrar and log into your administration panel where you will be able to set the nameservers for myhost dot com. As said these brand new nameservers need to propagate so it may take a couple of days for everything to work properly. Of course, do not forget that for every domain under your hosting (including the hosting domain myhost dot com), you need to set up an account in your WHM. To do so simply login into your WHM with the username and password provided. You will probably get an “Untrusted Certificate” warning, which for the first time you login is normal, just click continue. Once in the WHM you will see Create Account on the left. But before that, you may want to create a few nice “hosting packages”. These are used to define and limit usage for each domain that will be hosted under your hosting service. To create packages just click Add a Package and create a few, such as for example Personal, Business and so on, with different quotas (there should be some pre-made anyway). These packages should reflect the subscription levels that you might be selling as a host. After that click Create Account and pick one of the packages. So to recap: buy a domain, set your own nameservers (at the registrar), create an account for the domain (at your hosting site/whm). Done. You will be using the WHM (from myhost dot com only) to create and manage accounts, and each domain’s CPanel for basically maintenance and (important) details. To do so, type myhost dot com/cpanel and navigate through the many options. First thing you may want to create one or more email addresses, but you can also setup forwarders, make backups, create SQL databases (for WordPress etc.), check statistics, usage, manage files, Cron jobs and much more. CPanels usually come with Fantastico that will allow you to easily install a multitude of scripts, like blogs, content management systems etc.

Having multiple websites does not need to cause headaches. Make sure to have your mind clear on what you want first, and find reputable hosts and registrars. Keep things nice and slowly at first, and tidy, for example with a folder on your computer for each of your domains, where you can save details, backups, your notes, hosting renewal dates and so on. With a reseller account you also have the exciting opportunity to get a first step in the hosting business, or web design, or provider of turnkeys websites, with a very low initial investment. There are not many opportunities on the market to achieve something like this these days.

The Basics of Website Hosting and the Options Available

Website hosting is a form of Internet hosting service, which enables people and businesses to make their own Web page or website accessible through the Internet. It is provided by companies that may lease a space on their server and offer Internet connectivity via their data center.

Furthermore, website hosting services may also offer Internet connectivity and data center space for other company’s servers to be placed in their data center. This is referred as colocation.

The basics of hosting services include small-scale file hosting as well as Web page hosting, where a Web interface or a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is used for the uploading of files. These are sent to the Internet with little changes or even without modifications at all. This particular service can be offered to you by some Internet service providers (ISPs).

You may also get website hosting services from other providers, who can offer both business website hosting and personal website hosting. Business web hosting, in particular, is more costly compared to a personal web hosting, which can be free or more affordable and is sometimes run by advertising.

If you wish to simply resort to a single webpage hosting, you may still benefit from it particularly if you are running a personal website. However, if you want to expand your website into something more complex, then you might need a more complete package, which already includes application development platforms, such as ASP.NET, Ruby on Rails, ColdFusion, Java and PHP, as well as database support.

A more comprehensive hosting service provides your consumers to install scripts for applications, such as content management and forums. In addition, if you are running your business via the World Wide Web, then you might also want to include a Security Socket Layer (SSL) onto your website.

A hosting service may also offer a control panel or an interface so that scripts can be installed and the Web server can be managed as well as include important features such as e-mail.

Hosting Uptime

The web server uptime is the amount of time that the hosting service is accessible through the World Wide Web. Though almost all web hosting providers declare that their goal is to have an uptime 99.9% most of the time (this can reach more or less 45 minutes of downtime each month), there are still unforeseen circumstances when the server is deliberately restarted because of planned hosting environment maintenance.

In addition, there are times when an unplanned maintenance is performed leading to the break of the providers initial uptime assurance. You do not need to worry though since most hosting services bind accessibility and uptime into their Service Level Agreement (SLA), which may offer decreased rates or refunds once the web hosting promise is broken.

Web Hosting Services on the Internet

Internet service providers are not the only ones who need to have a constant uptime of website hosting services because there are also many big companies that require a computer to be constantly connected to the Internet just so they could send files like emails and other important documents to other websites.

Furthermore, these companies may also utilize the computer to become their very own website hosting provider, allowing them to supply pertinent information about their services and products to potential clients, who may want to order online.

Home Server – This is commonly a solo device that is usually situated in a personal office and can provide web hosting to more than one website using a consumer-grade broadband connection. Home servers can be comprised of old personal computers or customized devices. There are Internet service providers, however, that try to block home servers. Hence, you must create an account with a reliable and dynamic DNS service.
Virtual Dedicated Server – This separates server resources into virtual servers, wherein resources may be apportioned in such a way that the primary hardware is not completely directed. This web hosting allows you to have your own access of your virtual space, yet you are accountable for patching and maintaining the server.
Free Website Hosting Service – This may only feature a limited number of services compared to the completeness of a paid website hosting. It is usually sustained by advertisements.
Dedicated Web Hosting Service – This is the type, which allows you to get your very own server, and provides you the ability to control this, yet you do not own the Web server at all.
Shared Web Hosting Service – Your website is put on the same server along with hundreds or even thousands of other websites. It is possible that you share CPU, RAM and other types of server resources.
Colocation Web Hosting Service – This is just like the dedicated hosting service, only that it is the most expensive and powerful because you get to own the collocation server.
Clustered Hosting – This provides numerous servers to perform web hosting for the same content for an improved resource usage. It is ideally recommended for making an accessible web hosting solution or a high-availability dedicated web hosting. It may divide database hosting form web serving ability.
Reseller Web Hosting – This enables you to become a web host yourself. You could operate, for single domains, under any type of web hosting, basing on whom they are associated with as a web hosting provider.
Cloud Hosting – This is one of the latest types of web hosting program that enables you to experience a steadfast, accessible and dominant web hosting depending on the utility billing and the clustered load-balanced servers.
Grid Hosting – This distributed web hosting is comprised of numerous nodes and a server cluster that operates similar to a grid.
Managed Hosting Service – Though this allows you to obtain your very own Web server, you do not have the authority to take complete control over because the web hosting provider can only assure the service quality if it does not permit you to change the server and eventually make possible configuration problems. The good thing is you are permitted to handle your data through remote management tools like File Transfer Protocol. You do not own the website hosting server, yet it may be leased to you.

10 Questions Answered For Choosing a Web Host

When setting up a website and shopping around for a web host, you may find all the technical terminology a bit confusing. In reality, it isn’t really that complicated. By understanding a few basics about web hosting and web hosting service providers, you can easily select a web host that is best for you. Some of the questions you need to ask pertain to your business and others related to the web hosting industry. Here’s a quick run-down of 10 basic questions you need answered before choosing a web host.

1. What Is a Web Host?

A web host is a service provider that manages a number of different websites on a particular server. They provide the platform on which your website is located. Many web hosts will have a number of different hosting packages available. They may have shared or dedicated hosting facilities as different options. The type of hosting package that you choose will largely depend on your hosting requirements.

2. Where Is Your Business and Where Are You Going?

If you have a start-up business, keeping costs low is a major priority. However, if you see your business growing rapidly in the future, you will need to keep in mind how this may affect things such as your website and web hosting package. There are many good entry-level basic web hosting packages. These are usually on shared servers and have a limit on the bandwidth available. If your business grows rapidly, you may find that you need to expand your website and enlarge your hosting package. Not all web hosts have migration or upgrade facilities and this can make it a tedious task to upgrade your web hosting package. Your best option is to choose a web hosting that has the capacity to grow with your business.

3. What Level of Technical Expertise Do You Have?

Often business owners have a limited understanding of web hosting and web design. If this is the case, you want to sign up with a web hosting provider that has a wealth of technical knowledge and expertise that you can draw on. Ideally, if your budget allows, you will want to go for a web host that offers a managed hosting service. This means that they will take care of all the web server maintenance and security ensuring that you have maximum up-time on your website.

4. Are Free Hosting Packages Worthwhile?

While there are some good free hosting companies out there, you need to think carefully about signing up for one. Generally, these hosting packages are free because the hosting providers sell advertising space on the websites they host. This means that you may not entirely be able to control the content on your website. In addition, free hosting packages generally have limited support services and can seldom be upgraded to other packages.

5. What’s the Difference Between Shared and Dedicated Hosting?

Dedicated hosting means that your website is allocated its own unique server. This means that you have a greater level of control over your website and generally improved hosting efficiency. You can also ensure higher security levels on your server and have more flexibility in the way you manage your website; however, this comes at a premium. Generally dedicated servers are quite expensive which is why the option of shared servers became available. A shared server hosts several different websites. Generally, the capacity of each is limited and because there are different site owners accessing the server, you have lower levels of security.

6. What Is an E-commerce Website?

An e-commerce website is basically an online shop. It requires specialized hosting and web design to ensure it functions properly. The web host you choose should be knowledgeable about hosting e-commerce sites and be able to provide you with technical support.

7. What Is a Marketing or Corporate Website?

A standard commercial or marketing-type website is less complicated than an e-commerce website. This type of website is a shop window for your business as it showcases who you are and what your business is about. While you may not sell products on the website, it still requires that you choose a reliable web hosting service provider.

8. What Makes a Web Host Reliable?

One of the most important considerations is the level and efficiency of the technical support provided. No systems are flawless so when things go wrong, you need to be able to fix the problems as quickly as possible. A good hosting provider will have technical experts available on their support desk who can assist you with any problems. The stability of the server is another important consideration. A well-maintained and managed server should seldom go down and this is what you want from a web host — a website that is accessible 24/7.

9. What About Website Security?

A good web host should provide a level of security on the server. However, as the owner of a website, it is important to maintain a good level of security on your website as well. This may include having anti-spyware, anti-virus and anti-tracking software installed in your system. It is important to keep it constantly updated to keep your system protected.

10. Where Do You Find a Good Web Host?

Your web designer will probably have a hosting provider that they have an established relationship with. It is a good idea to follow their recommendations. Alternatively, you can ask colleagues and business associates which company they use. Lastly, you can search online. However, if you do this, be careful to read the industry reviews of the web host to ensure they are reputable.

Finding the Right Host For Your Web Site Or Blog

With the proliferation of the Internet, there are so many web hosts to choose from that it would be impossible to shop even a significant percentage of them. However, finding the right web host can be critical to the success of your business, especially if your business is predominantly online. Hosting packages can start as low as $4.95 per month for shared environments (I’ll explain later). On the other end of the spectrum, established companies often budget thousands of dollars each month to web servers and related costs. The type of hosting your business needs and the corresponding amount you’ll pay for that level of service depend upon what you are hoping to accomplish with your web site(s). Here are a few tips and scenarios that will help you choose the web hosting platform that suits your needs.

“Free” Hosting Accounts

Visit any of the thousands of the Blogspot.com blogs that post Google AdSense or other affiliate ads, and you can see that there are many people who make at least some portion of their income by taking advantage of the free hosting accounts offered by blog hosts. Setting up a blog-formatted website is simple and straight-forward. All you need is an email address and an idea. Because most of these free hosting accounts run on high performance web servers, it’s a rare case that your blog account and blog site would be down. However, if you are trying to present yourself as a legitimate company, a serious web site with your own domain name and custom web site are essential.

Shared Hosting

If your web site is on a shared hosting plan, it sits on a web server that likely services anywhere from a few web sites to hundreds of them. The biggest advantage of a shared web hosting plan is obviously the low cost. Shared hosting plans are good for entrepreneurs who are prototyping their ideas to see if they can get them off the ground. When my first internet business was young, I wanted to keep my costs down so that the significant investment was my time. I chose a shared hosting plan that cost me less than $10.00 per month. As the business grew and it became more critical to keep the site up constantly, we outgrew the shared hosting environment, and our host allowed us (as most gracious web hosts do) to transition to one of their Virtual Private Server accounts.

Because most users of shared hosting accounts aren’t a skilled at administrating web hosting environments, most of the technical details (configuring the web server, etc.) are handled by the web host’s employees. This simpler arrangement can be beneficial to people who don’t want to get bogged down in the details of configuring email accounts and databases and Apache web server files.

The main drawback for shared hosting plans is that they are typically not as reliable as other plans. There is no way to tell (in most cases) what other web sites are sharing your server. If you have the misfortune of being neighbors with an image download site that has tons of visitors, your web site is very likely to experience slow load times and periods where it’s inaccessible. It can be frustrating to operate an online store and consistently know that your customers cannot even find you. The downtime can even affect your search engine rankings. If the Googlebot comes to crawl your site only to find that it’s unresponsive, you’re likely to get dropped in the search rankings. In my experience, the technical support available to shared hosting plans drops a few levels from the attention given to plans that cost more. If your web site is relatively new and doesn’t get a ton of traffic, this scenario may be okay for you. However, if you cannot afford to have downtime, be prepared to pay more for hosting.

Virtual Private Server

A Virtual Private Server (VPS) is an upgrade to shared hosting. It typically costs about $40-$60 per month. VPS accounts give users greater access to the nuts and bolts web server account. Often VPS accounts allow lower-level functionality such as the ability to use an ssh program to connect to a Linux VPS. VPS accounts typically have quicker and better response from the web host’s technical support than shared plans. The selling point of VPS accounts is that they don’t openly share all the resources (memory, CPU, bandwidth, etc.) that shared accounts do. However, with a VPS setup, your web site is still sitting on the same computer as other web sites over which you have no control, so there can still be periods of slow response times and downtime.

Dedicated Server

Getting a dedicated server is like buying your own home and setting it up the way you want it. When you purchase a dedicated server plan, you are essentially renting a computer in your web hosts data center. Dedicated servers give you a lot more control of your web site’s resources. You can set up Apache the way you prefer it, and you can install extensions per your requirements. With the low-level access comes responsibility, though. Letting a novice mosey around on your dedicated server account could result in the destruction of one or more web sites being hosted there just by running a simple command from the black box. If you think your web site(s) merits a dedicated server, make sure you’ve got someone capable of managing the setup.

What host?

The types of web hosting accounts mentioned above are pretty standard in the web hosting world. Despite the similarities between the types of accounts, there are often significant differences among hosting providers. Before I settled on the host I use now (HostGator.com), I had to date and dump at least three other hosting companies. Here are some things to look out for when considering who you should choose to host your site.

Reputation

It’s worth spending time checking the ratings on the host you are considering. Nowadays it’s very easy to get the dirt on most companies. There are several web host review sites online. Reading the experiences of those who have used the host’s service can serve to settle your mind about committing or provide helpful warnings about the company you are considering. One thing to remember when reading reviews is that the source of a review can often be a competitor trying to sabotage a host’s reputation, or on the other hand, nothing keeps a web hosting company from funneling employees to review sites to pat their backs in public. Try to find objective reviews that list facts and details when checking out a potential host.

Technical Support

Before choosing a host, it’s probably a good idea to speak with their technical support to find out if they know what they’re doing. Even though I have a pretty extensive background in web hosting related technologies, I still find myself needing to lean on technical support from time to time. I’ve used many hosting companies whose technical support seem to be guessing, or who are simply reading scripts when they’re asked technical questions. Before you commit to a hosting provider, it might help to ask some pertinent questions of the technical support staff, almost as if you’re interviewing an IT employee. After all, that’s essentially what they’ll become. Most worthwhile hosting providers have an online chat tool that allows you to easily access their highest level support people.

Hopefully you’ve learned some things from this explanation of web hosting. Good luck with your web site and your business.

Web Host Beginner – What You Should Know About Shared and Dedicated Hosting

When it comes to picking a hosting for your website, there is always a general confusion especially for newbie. “How come there are so many different type of hosting like shared hosting, dedicated hosting, reseller hosting and etc?”, the newbie asks. Well, those are different products serving different needs of websites. The next question pops up, “what are my needs?”

Generally, when you want to host your website, it is going to be either shared or dedicated hosting. 95% of the people decide within these 2.

Share Hosting
Shared hosting is shared among other users. A web host provider will divide a big piece of hosting into smaller partition and will allocate the storage to each user. There might be up to hundreds of website sharing the same resources. Besides, there is only one internet connection linking all the different partitions to the internet. That means all websites hosted under that same big piece of hosting share the same IP address.

The biggest advantage of shared hosting is their price. Since the hosting service is shared among users, the cost follows too. Therefore it can be very cheap, as cheap as $2 per year. Also, it is meant for user-friendly where most of the settings are made default and managed by real veterans. Shared hosting is perfect for beginner.

Although shared hosting sounds great with low pricing and big resources it has disadvantages too. Websites hosted under the same hosting will impact each others. If a website exceeds the usage of the allocated resources other website will be affected; in term of SEO aspect, your site will be affected if your website is hosted together with banned sites; and etc. However, these disadvantages can be easily solved by you picking up a responsible host.

Dedicated Hosting
When you subscribe to dedicated hosting, a dedicated and independent server computer with be purposely set up for you. You own the total space and resources. You have flexibility to do anything with the hosting. The actual benefits you get from it are numerous, including dedicated IP, dedicated bandwidth, dedicated computing power and etc. These are things really important for a huge website.

However, with more flexibility, that means user will need to make more decisions in deciding how the hosting should be. More technical knowledge will be needed to maintain the hosting. Although the staff from a web host company is willing to help but most of the actual work has to be done by you. Also in term of pricing, as opposed to the shared hosting, dedicated hosting is expensive. The price can go up to a few hundred per month.

In conclusion, you need to understand what your needs are. You should go for shared hosting if you have a small to medium size website; you should go for dedicated hosting if you have a huge size website. However, the price for dedicated hosting is not easily bearable for new website. Therefore I suggest them to go with shared hosting first and upgrade to dedicated hosting along the way. Hints: Get a shared hosting provider that allows upgrade.

A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing a Good Web Host

Think of the Internet. What’s in it? Websites, websites and more websites. And what runs them? Most of the time, its hosting companies. Similar to the Internet, hosting companies have come a long way. In the 90’s, there were a few hosting companies on the Internet, and you would pay a lot for domain registrations and hosting-related services. You could pay $9.99 a month for 15MB of disk space and 1.5GB of bandwidth. But that was in the 90’s.

Today, there are millions of hosting companies out there. For $6.95/mo, you can get 5GB of space with 250GB of transfer. The hosting industry has grown – and become cheaper. However, choosing a hosting company has gotten much harder than it was in the 90s. You ask helplessly, “Which host should I choose?”
In this article, I will tell you how to choose a good web hosting company.

Part 1: What do you need?
One man’s meat is another man’s poison. This statement is true when it comes to web hosting. What works for someone else might not work for you.

All of us have different needs. Some of us need 500MB space, some need 1GB, and some need 15GB of space.
Before choosing a web hosting company, it is important to know your needs. Do you need PHP? Do you need PERL? Do you need MySQL? Or is your website just a simple HTML/CSS website? Consider what you need, and your budget. Think over this for a while. Only then can you make a good choice that meets your needs.

Part 2: Looking out for standards
In today’s hosting industry, standards have become higher. Look out for the higher standards. Hosts nowadays offer 99.9% uptime guarantee, some form of technical support (not necessarily 24×7) and automatic payment processing. Many hosts also offer a money-back guarantee (15 to 60 days), or a free trial.

Today’s web hosts should offer something along the lines of the mentioned standard features that I have written about. When researching for web hosts, it is important to make sure that they meet the standards for web hosts. They might offer slightly less, for example instead of 99.9% uptime they might offer 99.7% or 99.8%. Choose wisely. Steer clear of hosts which don’t meet standards, if you want a good experience.

Part 3: Smelling a rat
When choosing web hosts, it is important that you know how to smell a rat. You know you’ve smelt a rat when you come across offers like “unlimited web space”, “unlimited bandwidth”, or very large amounts of space and bandwidth for low prices (for example: offering 1TB of space and 5TB of bandwidth for $5.95/mo).

Hosts which offer these are generally unreliable (though there are exceptions – very few however). This practice is called overselling. Overselling refers to selling more than the provider can handle. When a client falls for an “unlimited space” offer, and really uploads a lot of files, the hosting provider cannot afford to continue to add hard drives just to serve that particular client. In most cases, the client’s account is suspended. In some cases, the account might be deleted.

Another way of saying that unlimited offers don’t work is that there are no unlimited hard drives, and it will never happen. Unlimited bandwidth is impossible unless the host is their own ISP, and even that would cost them a lot of money, and is simply not practical.

Part 4: Do your homework
You know what you need. You know what the standards are of today’s hosting industry. You know how to smell a rat. Now, its time to do your homework.

Research is the key here. Go to directories, and look at hosting companies. Pick a few, then read their customer reviews. This is a good way to tell if the host is good or not.

Steer clear of a host with mostly negative reviews. Some hosts might yield false impressions – the owners of the hosting companies write positive reviews of the host in the directories. Although this does not happen very often, it does happen sometimes – and when it does, it might not be so easy to tell.

When doing research, you should take into account a few factors: uptime, speed, honesty, support and reliability. These factors are essential for good service, and all hosts should have them.

Once you’ve decided on a particular hosts, take your research even further. Google is your friend. Google (host name) reviews for more customer reviews. If the host has mostly positive reviews, then you have a green light.

Part 5: Settling down
You’ve chosen the host. This is your (almost) final decision. You’ve decided the host is for you, and that its time to settle down. But before you settle down, there are a few final steps to take before you push the “Pay Now” button in PayPal.

Why do hosts tell you to read their Terms of Service? It is because their restrictions and rules are all laid out there. So spend some time and read it. Make sure you know what you can do and what you can’t. Make sure that your doubts are all clarified. If you still have doubts, ask the hosting provider.

Once all your doubts are clarified, ask yourself once more whether this is the hosting provider for you. Then make your decision. If yes, go ahead and press “Pay Now”. If no, go back to step 4 until you find your perfect host.

Now that you know the host that is perfect for you, go ahead and press the “Pay Now” button.

An Indepth Look Into Web Hosting

If you are planning to host your own website, there will be many decisions that you will have to take. One of the most crucial decisions will be to select a web hosting solution for your website. This is a very important decision as it can influence the way your website performs. All the hard work that you put on the design of the site can go to waste if you do not choose the right web hosting solution to host your website.

With so many web hosts available in the market, it is not an easy job to select the web hosting that will best work for you. A few pointers that will help you make the right decision are listed below. Look into them and use them to find a web hosting solution that will be the best for your website.

Identify your requirements

It is important to know what the requirements of your website are. Only if you have an idea of what you need, you can look for them in the web hosting solutions. The requirements of the website will depend on the type of website and the features that the website will have. Find below a list of features that you need to look for while selecting a web hosting solution.

Site builder option

If you have availed the services of a web designing company for creating your website, you can get the list of requirements from them. If you plan to create the website after you have decided on the web hosting, it will be a good idea to opt for hosting solutions that have a site builder system in them. Site builder tools will simplify the process of creating a website and will help you in hosting the site through a few simple steps.

Control panel

Check if the web host provides you access to a control panel that will help you in managing the web space you have bought. If the web hosting solution has a control panel, you can create blogs and websites a lot easier than having to upload files using FTP.

Upload options

Identify the various upload options that are available with the web host. If the hosting solution provides you a variety of upload options it will be a good option, as it will give you flexibility while maintaining and uploading your site.

Security features

Identify the various security features the web-hosting package has to offer. If you are planning for a e-commerce website, a lot of importance has to be given to security features.

Customer service

It is always ideal to select a web-hosting company that has good customer support. The support extended by the web host is not limited only to email or phone support. FAQs and that help members in managing their web space has to be present.

Scripts and databases

Websites require various types of web components, scripts and databases to work. Select a web hosting company that will give you all scripts, web components and database support that is required by your website.

Windows or Linux server

Websites are designed to be hosted in either windows server or a Linux server. Always opt for the server type that is required by the website to make sure that all functions and features of the website perform as designed.

Types of web hosting options available

Shared Hosting Services

Shared Hosting Services or Virtual Web Hosting Services is a type of hosting service, where many people share the space on a server. The number of websites that are hosted in a physical server depends on the configuration of the server. Some physical servers cater to more than thousand websites. This however raises the question on performance. Such shared hosting services are highly equipped to handle reasonable loads, but when overloaded, the performance of the server is an issue. Reputed Web Hosting companies will constantly review the load and performance of the server and act accordingly by adding more servers if necessary. Shared hosting services are cheaper, but the server response time will be on the slower side.

Dedicated Hosting Services

Dedicated Hosting Companies are the opposite of shared hosting companies. They assign a dedicated web server for just one customer. This ensures better performance when compared to shared hosting service. A customer will rent out the web server for a specific period and will have a variety of options of the web server. In a dedicated web server, the customer has the option of hosting more than one website. The customer will have greater control over the web server. Bandwidth and space provided will be much higher in dedicated hosting plans. This gives you the option of hosting a high traffic website. Websites that contain extremely confidential data will generally opt for a dedicated hosting service.

Co-location Hosting Service

Unlike dedicated hosting service, in co-hosting service the customer owns the web server. This gives the customer even more control over the web server. The web server will be housed in any of the secure data centers of Web Hosting Companies. This hosting service ensures that the customer will have full control over his web server. The web hosting company will provide 24×7 monitoring of the server to ensure 99.9% uptime. The secure data centre will provide the customer with prompt maintenance. This will ensure maximum uptime of websites hosted in the server. Co-location hosting services are the most expensive of the hosting solutions that are available, but are considered the best option for highly secure websites.

Reseller Hosting Services

Reseller Hosting services are considered to be the cheapest of the Hosting Services and is becoming a hot favorite for small and personal websites. The web hosting company will offer its web storage space to a reseller at a lower price, who in turn then resells the storage space to his customers. Website designers, website consultants and system integration companies are usually the resellers. Price of such hosting services is quite low and with that comes the issue of service. Since a lot more people are involved in the hosting, it takes time to resolve any issues and hence reseller-hosting services are best suited for personal websites or blogs. Reseller Hosting Services is not an option for business websites that need prompt backend service. Cheapest of all hosting services, it is a good option for someone trying to find a personal space online.

Do I Need Hosting?

What is hosting?

A hosting account provides a home for your website on web servers, which are stored in a secure, climate controlled environment and are connected to the Internet so that other people on the Internet can view your website. You can look at your website as a front office and Hosting as the back office/ storage centre that houses the information, images, video and other content that comprises your website. Barring technical problems, a web host operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so that anybody in the world can access your web site at any time. Web site hosting is typically measured in the amount of disk space you’re given on the server and the amount of data transfer (bandwidth) you need for accessing the server. If you have a lot of customer traffic at your website ie. file downloads, you’ll access the server fairly frequently and therefore need more website hosting transfer space than someone who puts only readable text on their web site. The more “items” or “content” you are hosting on your site (ie photos, maps, PDF files etc) the more disk space you’ll need for your website and domain hosting. A web server must have fast connections to be able to serve pages quickly. For the greatest speed and reliability try to find a host that has multiple high speed connections as well as reliable back up power supplies in case of power outages.

Hosting Companies

The purpose of web hosting is practicality. Web hosting companies provide simple access to the internet for anyone who creates a site and wants it seen by millions. There are plenty of web hosting types: *Shared *Reseller *Virtual Private Servers *Dedicated Servers *Colocation and Clustered Web Hosting. Unless you plan to host a site with thousands of video files, you don’t need fancy and expensive hosting. Just sign up for a basic shared web hosting package. Look at user reviews and testimonials for the web’s most popular hosting providers.

Shared hosting is the most popular type of web hosting for small businesses and personal use such as blogs. Most websites you see on the web are accessed from a “shared host”, which is a single computer that can host several hundred web sites. Larger websites often use a “dedicated host”, which is a single machine that hosts only one website. Extremely high traffic sites such as Microsoft.com use several computers to host one site. A number of businesses and organisations offer web hosting services and the prices can range from free to hundreds of dollars a year. You usually pay a monthly fee that varies depending on how much disk space and bandwidth your site will use. Focusing on price is only one factor that you should be looking at when choosing a provider. There are many other factors that may be more important than immediate cost.

Hosting companies

These are the top five Hosting companies but there are others that may suit your needs.

HostGator

HostGator was established in 2002 and has been a world-leading provider of web hosting services. They provide top-notch service to clients from over 200 countries internationally. They deal with both the business and home user and their prices are very good and have various packages to suit individuals needs.

Hosting from $3.95 per month.

Justhost

JustHost is a web hosting company that was established in 2008 in California. In it’s short lifetime, the company has grown substantially and become one of the main web-hosting websites on the internet. The company was started to provide customer-friendly and cheap web hosting and reseller hosting to individuals and businesses.

Hosting from $4.95 per month.

Ipage

Ipage has been hosting business, personal, social and non-profit websites for more than 10 years. They know web hosting and the typical hosting customer, which means Ipage know there is NO typical hosting customer. That’s why IPage offers a great deal of flexibility, without over-complicating things.

Hosting from $4.50 per month.

FatCow

Since 1998 FatCow has provided reliable hosting services for individuals and businesses. Whether you’re looking for a small business web host or domain name for your business

Hosting from $4.67 per month.

GoDaddy

GoDaddy was founded in 1997 as Jomax Technologies by Bob Parsons. He owned and sold a software company called Parsons Technology. The sale provided him with several millions of dollars in the mid-1990s. As a result, Parsons decided to retire. In 1997 Bob came out of his retirement to launch a new company, Jomax Technologies, which became GoDaddy.

Hosting from $4.99 per month.

Pricing Structure

Free hosting usually offers limited services and can be a major security risk. They often place advertising on your website leaving you with little control over what kind of ads show up. Also, free hosts may restrict the content you place on your site. You may not be able to sell things or have certain content such as videos or music. Your website may also disappear overnight – when your hosting company vanishes, your website goes with it. Consider what providers will charge you when your site grows larger and attracts more than a few hundred or thousand a month. Some hosting providers charge a very low rate for your initial site but then bump the price up when your needs grow. Generally speaking the more you pay the more you get, but high rates don’t always translate as high service. Some of the lower priced hosts offer reliable, stable environments that allow your website to be accessed day in day out for years. Higher rates should bring you more storage space, more bandwidth to handle internet traffic and more services such as databases, email accounts, mass mailers, and the ability to add custom scripts. Higher rates can also mean better technical service if you have problems with your website.

Support

Excellent technical support for your website is one of the most important issues to be met. Support is needed for putting pages onto the server, for answering questions about your site, and for solving problems with fast access, and uptime (how long the service is on the air trouble free) etc. Don’t be afraid to call customer support if you are having issues. You are paying for the space with the provider and also the support, so always use it if needed. Do not sign up for a host unless they provide customer’s with 24/7 phone and internet support. If they cannot provide this, they won’t be reliable. They should also have a good collection of tutorials and FAQs readily on their site in case you need help. Always look into the support providers offer for each type of web hosting option that interests you. Web-related consulting and Site services: Some providers (even those that offer some services for free) may offer other web-related services that they charge for separately eg. hosting business sites or managing your site for you, so be aware that a less expensive hourly rate may not mean a lower total bill at the end of the month. There are a number of other helpful services that some providers may offer – from simply counting the number of users who visit your site through to creating and running more complex functions that allow you to process data from an online form. Look for a provider that does the simple stuff for you and supports you in doing the more complex functions yourself.

Speed

How fast can users access your website? And how fast can users download files hosted on the site? Test for yourself. Try accessing some websites hosted by any service you’re considering and see how fast they are, especially at busy times of the day. Then compare to other websites.

Downtime

Ensure your provider has little or no downtime. Look into the amount “downtime” (off air) of the provider to make sure it’s not a regular occurrence.

Switchability

Having the ability to switch web hosting providers is crucial. With the right to switch, you can resolve any other problems. Two things can keep you locked into an arrangement with a provider: contractual provisions and control of your domain name. Don’t sign a contract that locks you in for more than a year. Don’t let the web hosting provider register your domain name for you, but then retain ownership of the domain name themselves. It would cause problems with your ability to move your site later.

Viability

Make sure your provider has a good track record and is of sufficient size to offer some insurance that is it will be a solid investment for the future, rather than a fly by night company.

Reporting

Make sure your provider offers basic reporting features eg. the number of visitors your site has each day – for free. This can be very valuable and very telling between one provider and another.

Data transfer fees

Many hosting providers offer some free data transfer, but your costs can rise sharply if traffic at your site increases and data transfer rises above a minimal amount. Compare data -transfer pricing carefully.

Price

If all other things are equal, price is the determining factor. But don’t let yourself get ripped off on the price you pay.

The Biggest Website Mistakes – Having The Wrong Hosting

Wrong Hosting

One of the things that can seriously limit your website success is your choice of hosting. But why is this so important?

What IS Hosting?

Let’s start with what hosting is. Hosting is where your website lives. Think of it as a housing estate. Just as houses live on estates, your website lives on hosting. You cannot have a website without hosting.

Hosting (which may also be referred to as web hosting or website hosting) is provided by a hosting company who are responsible for managing and taking care of the files that make up your website. Critically, they provide a mechanism for the files to be visible on the internet. They also provide mechanisms for you to update, delete and backup your website.

You pay a hosting company for an amount of disk space where your website will live and be served up online. You lease both hard disk space and bandwidth from the hosting company, bought via a hosting package that is paid for monthly or yearly.

Bandwidth is the amount of data that you’re allowed to transfer to and from your website in a month.

Hosting Requirements

You want hosting that meets your needs, and there are certain things you must ensure you get with your hosting. This applies whether you buy your own hosting, or whether it’s provided for you in a package, perhaps by your webmaster.

The key questions about hosting are:

“Does it give you tools that make the installation of your site quick and easy?” and
“Does it make support and update of your site easy?”

Getting the Right Hosting

When you buy hosting, there are several things you want to look for. These are functions that your hosting company must provide.

Must support WordPress
Owning your username and passwords
Multi-domain hosting

Must Support WordPress

WordPress is the most used and most trusted way of developing websites. According to Forbes magazine, there are over 60 million WordPress sites worldwide, and one out of every six websites is powered by WordPress.

The many add-on themes and plugins available make WordPress a rich development environment. These allow you a great choice in the look and feel and functionality of your WordPress implementation.

So you want your web hosting to support WordPress.

Owning Your Usernames and Passwords

People get into trouble with this time and time again. As your hosting determines whether your website is visible or not, you must have control of your hosting.

This means having the username and password to the control panel AND the username and password for ftp access.

Let’s explain what those terms mean.

A control panel is a piece of software that allows you to create files, delete them and move them. It also allows you access to your email server configuration. If you don’t have this username and password, and someone else does, you are not in control of your website.

Ftp stands for File Transfer Protocol, and is a standard way to upload files to your hosting and to download them to your PC. It also allows deletion and renaming of files. Needless to say, you must be in possession of your ftp username and password, or you lose the ability to control your files.

The importance of this cannot be overstated. It’s like designing your dream house and then rather than looking after the keys yourself, you give them to someone else. You wouldn’t dream of doing this with your house, but incredibly, people do it with websites all the time.

Always insist on your hosting’s control panel username and password and its ftp username and password.

Multi-domain Hosting

A moment ago, we likened hosting to a housing estate. If the estate is your hosting, your house is your website. Most decent estates have more than one house, and that’s what multi-domain hosting gives you – the ability to add additional websites as and when you need, without acquiring an entire new estate every time.

If you have the more limited single-domain hosting you can only host one website on your hosting. This means you need to pay for more hosting every time you need a new website.

With multi-domain hosting, you can host as many websites as you like – within the limits of your allowances. And as multi-domain hosting is only a little more expensive than single-domain hosting, it makes economic sense to get multi-domain hosting from the start.