All web hosting is the same, right?
Wrong. A good web host does different things and takes in different quantities of data to support your website. So there are different types of web hosting.
The host itself acts as the middleman, passing your requests to a site where they are processed. The source or “back end” of the website, or what’s known as “software” is called a “hosting platform”.
The host that you choose will determine the size of your website and the bandwidth needs for it. Your choice of web host will also be determined by the bandwidth they provide.
It is important to know that hosting platforms do not have accounts. You will have to go to their site and sign up on their web hosting platform.
What is a dedicated server?
A dedicated server is a completely independent machine that sits in a data center. This means that you don’t have to lease space on another person’s server, which makes dedicated hosting extremely attractive, especially if you are planning on staying online at least a few months.
There are private users as well as shared users. Private users will only access resources as defined by the company that runs the service.
On the other hand, shared users are simply that, a group of people sharing the same server. This type of web hosting is more appropriate for smaller websites that aren’t as large or complicated as private users.
What is a web server? This is what most of us think of when we think of web hosting, it is the data center where your website sits.
If you’re not sure about the technical details, a technical support service may be able to answer questions you have about the technical issues that come up with your hosting service. Again, you will have to look at each company’s site to determine what their technical support services are like.
Software has to be installed on the server so that it can be used to build and maintain your website. Once the software is installed, it must be updated on a regular basis so that it’s kept up to date with all the changes being made to the code.
Web hosting also involves storage space, as well as the hardware that you’ll need to run your website. It also involves data transfer to and from the data center and back again.
Web hosting is really a very complex subject, so you should be doing some research before you commit to a particular web hosting plan. There are many services available that you can find through search engines.