Web Hosting: Server Hosting Guide
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This article gives an overview of web hosting and web servers: the types of web servers, and which one you should use.
First, of all, what is web hosting?
You need web hosting for your web site so it can be accessed over the Internet. A web hosting provider can do this for you by placing your site on what is called a web server.
Imagine you have a jewelry business and you want to open shop to sell your items. You go to a big mall and rent a space from its owner. That space becomes your jewelry store.
In this example, the space for your jewelry store is the web hosting, and it is hosted on a web server. Let's say the web server is the first floor of the mall. The store itself with the name is your web site. The owner of the mall is the web hosting provider.
Every store must have a name to be identified. On the Web, the equivalent to that is the domain name. That's the name of your jewelry store that customers look for when they want to visit your store.
Now as for web server hosting.
SERVER HOSTING TYPES
- Shared Server Hosting. If your ecommerce site is small, you'll be happy with shared hosting. It's like the jewelry store sharing the ground floor of the mall with many other stores.
- Dedicated Hosting. If you expect a lot of traffic, get a dedicated server hosting. It requires more technical knowledge than shared server hosting, but for large businesses (say, Time Warner?), it's necessary. Having dedicated server hosting means you have full control of the administrative faculties of the server.
- Colocation Server Hosting. This means you provide your own server hosting to your site. You just need a little help from your web hosting provider to get it running. This is only for serious geeks who are capable of doing all hardware and software installation themselves.
- Virtual Personal Server Hosting (VPS). It's possible to somehow give the illusion that shared hosting is really dedicated server hosting. It's like partitioning a hard disk into several virtual hard disks. It gives each web site owner more administrative control than would be possible with plain shared hosting.
- Reseller Hosting. People who buy reseller hosting are literally just in it for the money. It's like buying and selling cars without using them yourself.
- Free Hosting. These are for hobbyists. Because you cannot buy a free domain name in most cases, it's unsuitable for professional/business use.
As you can see, each type of server hosting suits a different type of web site owner. But we believe that shared hosting is best for general purposes.
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