hosting is a service that allows organizations and individuals to post a website
or web page on to the Internet. A web host, or web hosting service provider, is
a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or
webpage to be viewed in the Internet. Websites are hosted, or stored, on special
computers called servers.
Internet users want to view your website, all they need to do is type your
website address into their browser. Their computer will then connect to your
server and your webpages will be delivered to them through the browser.
hosting companies require that you own your domain name in order to host with
them. If you do not have a domain name, the web hosting companies will help you
basic features of a web hosting plan include:
hosting accounts offer a certain amount of disk space that you can use to store
your web files. It is recommended that you have some sort of estimates on what
you need for various tasks - the amount of space you need for your emails, web
files, databases, etc. By breaking down your usage, you can better estimate how
much space you should go for.
often web hosts talk about bandwidth and data transfer as the same entity.
However, they are in fact, different.
Bandwidth is the amount
of data that can be transferred at one time.
transfer is the actual amount of data transferred.
it this way. If bandwidth were a tunnel, the bigger the tunnel the more cars can
pass through it. Data transfer would then be the number of cars allowed to go
through the tunnel in a given time period, say a month.
bandwidth you have, the slower it takes your website to load, regardless of your
visitor's connection type. Visitors will have to wait their turn. The less data
transfer you have, the more often you will find your website unavailable because
you have reached the maximum amount of data allowed to be transferred.
determine what is sufficient, you need to take into consideration the size of
your website and the number of visitors you have in a month's time.
accounts are a common feature of web hosting, especially if you are hosting a
domain. There are three main types of email accounts: POP3, forwarding, and
accounts are the traditional inboxes. You have space on the server to store your
emails, and at the same time, you can use an email program to download your
mail. Each login and password combination usually equates to one account.
Forwarding mail accounts are useful if you are employing the service of another
company to filter your emails for you. Rather than storing your emails on your
mail server, emails are redirected to another email address.
accounts are similar to forwarding mail accounts. Some hosts allow you to setup
a catch-all alias, which is often used to collect emails sent to addresses not
recognized by your mail server.
you have created your web pages on your computer, you need to transfer those
files to your web server. The files are transferred to the server by use of FTP.
also the protocol of downloading your web files from the server to your
computer, ie. backing up your website files.