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Introduction to Web Hosting

This entails a service that gives a mandate to various individuals and companies or organizations to post their websites or web pages on the internet so that the targeted users can access them. For a website or webpage to be viewed via the internet, it requires a web hosting provider to provide those services which entail storing or hosting the said websites on servers. After all that has been taken care of, the users can find the website by typing in the webpage or website address into various browsers or search engines. They are connected to the server and then the website is delivered to them via their browsers. Having a domain name will allow you to host with various web hosting companies and if you happen not to have one, they will help you in purchasing one. There are various types of web hosting such as free web hosting, dedicated server and shared hosting.

Let us Look At Various Features Of Web Hosting

  • Data Transfer And Bandwidth

These two terms have a different meaning, Bandwidth refers to an amount of data transferable at one time while data transfer defines the precise amount of data transferred. In that dimension, it means that the less the bandwidth the slower it is likely to take your website to load. When you have less data the website will not be available because you will have reached the highest amount of data that is allowed for transfer. The size of your website and the monthly number of visitors will help you determine the effective data transfer or bandwidth.

  • Email Accounts

This is a very common case and features when it comes to web hosting, mostly for those that host a domain. When it comes to various types of email accounts, we have POP3, aliases, and forwarding. For POP3, there is space to store your emails and download them on the server. Forwarding and aliases kind of serve the same purpose of redirecting emails to other email addresses rather than storing them. They are most useful if you are having emails filtered by another company. You can, however, set up a catch-all alias to collect emails which are sent to addresses that are not recognized by your mail server.

  • Disk Space

There is always a certain amount of disk space spared by all web hosting accounts for web files storage. It is advisable to have some estimation that will help you determine the amount of space for storage you will need for your emails, databases and web files and some other various tasks. That way you can go for a specific amount of space that will cater for your storage purposes.

  • FTP Access

You are supposed to send or transfer files to the server after you are done creating your webpage or website on your computer. Transferring these files to the server will require you to use FTP which stands for Files Transfer Protocol. This is the same protocol to use when downloading your web files to your computer from the server.

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