Web Hosting Explained


Apr 18, 2005
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Web Hosting Explained

Web Hosting Explained​

Well the purpose for this article is to explain the concept of web hosting and how it works. First let me start by saying that you might want to open up http://www.yahoo.com so that you can use it for reference.

Basically web hosting is storing data contents on a web server and then accessing them by using a browser such as Internet Explorer. Now a web server is a computer that is modified to be used for the complicated and system hogging resources that a web site needs to function. For an example of what a server looks like you can go to http://www1.us.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/pedge_7250?c=us&cs=555&l=en&s=biz.

Now you are probably wondering well can’t I modify my computer and use as a server? It is possible but it is expensive and requires a lot of maintenance and work and a lot of skills/experience. Most websites are located in what is called a datacenter. A datacenter is a physical building where servers are located at and modified to occupy servers. The most famous datacenter is The Planet (http://www.theplanet.com) and many sites are hosted there currently. Just to give you an idea of how complex a datacenter needs to be go to http://www.theplanet.com/datacenter.html.

Ok now I will get down to what this means to you and how you can apply to this to your website. There are 3 options that you can use depending on your budget and the amount of traffic your website has. The first route is the cheapest and the most effective for beginners and that is free web hosting. I own a free web hosting company at http://www.explosive-hosting.com and it has its advantages and disadvantages which will be discussed in the next paragraph.

Well free web hosting has many advantages and disadvantages. Some advantages could be that it is free and is not as complicated as more up-scale hosting options. Some disadvantages could be that it does not provide as much space and bandwith as other hosting options, a lot of times you will post at a forum for your hosting or place ads on your website, and the support will most likely not be as knowledgeable and helpful as other hosting options.

The next option that you can use is called shared hosting. Shared hosting is a more advanced version of free hosting but it is not free. Some advantages to shared hosting is that you get more space and bandwith then free hosting, there are usually the...

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