Oct 25

What is Web Hosting?

Christopher Casanova

Web hosting is the gateway between a owner’s website and everyone all over the internet. In order for someone to place their website on the internet for everyone to see, they will need a web hosting provider. Web hosting providers use a web server to deploy your website or enterprise application. You would typically want the best hardware for the job. As a owner, you would like you site to be up 24 hours a day 7 days a week. A low budget PC and low quality internet connection will not be capable of handling the job. You will also need powerful hardware to handle many visitors, a permanent 24 high speed internet  connection, server licenses (which cost more than client licenses ), and labor expenses. Thankfully, web hosting providers handle all this work for you.

There are many types of hosting options. They range from standard web hosting to Linux web hosting. I will list three types of hosting to help you get a better understanding of of the various types of solutions.

Standard Web Hosting

With standard web hosting, one’s website is usually placed on the same server as many other sites, ranging from a few to the hundreds. This is also known as shared web hosting. Typically, all domains in this hosting account will share a common pool of server resources. Most importantly, resources such as RAM and the CPU. There are usually many customizable features that one can get such as increased disk space, email accounts, database, etc. This is the most affordable solution and great for small businesses.

Virutal Private Hosting (VPS)

also known as a Virtual Private Server (VPS), divides the server resources into separate virtual servers. The benefit here is that the resources can be allocated in a way that it does not directly reflect the underlying hardware. Most VPS’s will allocate resources based on a one to many relationship. The other benefit is that you have the ability to move a VPS container between servers. The users may have root access to their VPS and can make customization as necessary. Users may also be responsible for patching and maintaining the server.

Managed Private Hosting (MPS)

with a managed private server, the user gets his or her own web server and will have near fully control control over it. User are allowed to manage their data via FTP or other remote management tools. In addition, this solution would be perfect for businesses whom wish to load business applications. An MPS server offers great privacy and security as all the data and the websites in it are managed on a private server by the user.

When deciding on which web hosting option is right for you, it’s important to keep your personal or corporate goals in mind. Personal websites don’t require extra hardware and software and are very affordable. If you have a corporate site need hosting for, you don’t want your visitors to have a sluggish experience when they browse through your website. Websoul offers award winning web hosting plans with various options to suit your business or personal needs. Best of all, we also offer custom websites as a service thus, being your one-stop shop for everything website related. Please consider checking our web hosting section to find the perfect fit for your needs.

Christopher Casanova is a systems engineer for WEBSOUL . To view further information and helpful tips on system administration, view his blog at CHRIS’ WEBSOUL BLOG.

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