What is Website Hosting?
To have a web site on the Internet you first need to have a web server. Unfortunately, owning a Web server can be very expensive and requires time and technical expertise that most businesses do not have. Hosting companies provide the equipment and other technical resources. Web hosts provide the place on the internet where a web site resides. It's a lot cheaper than buying your own server and you don't have to pay the technical staff to take care of it. A web host rents out space on a web server to various businesses. Each business builds their own web site and never has to worry about the maintenance of the web server.
Hosting involves the housing, serving and maintaining of files. They also provide a fast, highly secure connection to the Internet. If an individual business was hosting its own site it would require a similar connection and it would be expensive. Using a hosting service allows many companies to share the cost of a fast Internet connection.
A number of Internet access providers (ISP's) offer subscribers free space for a small Web site that is hosted by one of their computers. While these services are free, they are also very basic.
Virtual hosting is the provision of server hosting services so that you do not have to purchase and maintain your own Web server and connections to the Internet. Virtual hosting provides a customer with domain name registration, an allocation of storage space for the Web site files, and email addresses. Management of the website is easily maintained through software.
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A dedicated server refers to the rental of a server, related software and connection to the Internet. The server is housed in the Web hosting company's premises and is exclusively used by you. A dedicated server is usually needed for a site that may develop a considerable amount of traffic. The server can usually be configured and operated remotely from the client site. The use of a dedicated server on Web Hosts premises saves hardware, Internet connection, security and network administration costs.
The dedicated server provides a stated amount of memory, hard disk space and bandwidth (amount of data that can be delivered each month). The customer is usually provided with a domain name system, email and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) capabilities. Management of the website is easily maintained through software or some companies provide a user-friendly interface.
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Co-Location means the provision of space for a customer's equipment on the service provider's premises. A company could place their own computer servers on the premises of the Internet service provider (ISP).
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