Web hosting stands for a service that provides organizations or individuals with the possibility of posting a site or page on to the Internet. A web hosting service provider provides its customers with the services and technological infrastructure needed for the site to be fully functional. The special computers that host websites and webpages are known as servers.
When an Internet user want to access your website, all the steps you need to follow is to type the your website’s address in the browser. Thus, the computer will connect to the server, which will send the required information (in this case, a website) to the user.
Usually, web hosting companies will help you to acquire a domain name if you still don’t have one. You need a domain name in order to set up a website.
Basic pointers on a web hosting service are:
It is strongly recommended that you calculate the disk space required before hiring a web hosting provider. All web hosting accounts offer a specific amount of disk space. In it, you will store all the information needed for your site to run. Break down your usage for a better estimation of how much disk space you should go for.
Data Transfer – Bandwidth
This two concepts are usually mistaken as one same entity. But they are two different things. Data transfer stands for the amount of information transferred in a given period of time. On the other hand, Bandwidth stands for how many information you can transfer at one time. If you have a reduced Bandwidth rate, the loading of the site will be slow, regardless of the connection on the visitor’s end. If you have a reduced Data transfer rate, you will find your site down often, due to the fact that you will usually reach the limit of permitted data transfer. To make a wise decision, you need to take into consideration the size of the site you want to host, as well as the visitors you expect.
All web hosting services feature Email Accounts, particularly if you are hosting a domain. Email Accounts are divided in three main categories: forwarding, POP3 and aliases.
Forwarding mail accounts come in handy if you have another company filtering your mail for you. Instead of stacking your emails on the server, they redirect them to another specified email address.
POP3 are the commonly known accounts you are used to. You have a specified amount of space in the server to keep your emails and you are enabled to use a mail manger such as Outlook to download your mails. Each individual credentials match to an individual account.
Aliases accounts are very much alike forwarding mail accounts. A wide variety of web hosts allow you to configure a catch-all alias, often applied to gather emails sent to other addresses that were not recognized by your mail server.
FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. This service enables you to transfer information directly to your web server, as well as downloading your web information to any computer for any use you can make of it.