EZ-Serve's POWERSELLER Guide to Web Hosting
What is Web Hosting?
A web host is a company that operates web servers, or rather computers that are connected to the internet for the purpose of providing services across it. These sevices include web site hosting, e-mail provision, data transfer and storage.
Types of Hosting
2. Virtual Private
A shared web hosting account is an account on a web server that hosts other shared accounts. The number of accounts on one shared server can vary widely. Some servers host a few hundred, while others have thousands of sites hosted on one server. Hosting your website on a shared server is a workable solution for many small businesses, as shared hosting accounts are priced much lower than dedicated servers. Shared web hosting accounts have limited access to the core administrative functions of the server.
Most web hosting companies offer comprehensive technical support for users of shared hosting plans. Complete technical support is usually included in the price of your account plan. Shared hosting usually comes with a heap of extras and most are included in the price. You can get email, auto-responders, pre-installed scripts including counters and mail scripts, password protected directories, your own cgi-bin, browser based control panels, secure directories and more.
If you are dipping your toe in web-world for the first time, shared web hosting will be a good choice. Costs are low since you are entitled to a small portion of the whole pie. More than that, shared web hosting offers unique advantage of many features and software that already come installed in host server. In addition, a system administrator, available 24x7, will be there to help you in case of any trouble with your shared web hosting.
Since all hosting-related needs are taken care of, shared web hosting specially appeals to those website owners who want to focus on their web businesses and have no reason to bother about nitty-gritty of host server. In short therefore, with shared web hosting, one gets going without too much of hassle and certainly in shortest possible time.
Virtual private server is a refinement on shared hosting. Virtual private servers or Virtual dedicated servers are a form of virtualization that split a single physical server into multiple virtual servers. Along with the advantages that shared hosting provides it gives some additional advantages that are not given by shared web hosting. For all intents and purposes, a virtual hosting account appears to be its own server. From a webmaster's perspective and a user perspective the integration is essentially seamless.
In a VPS, the accounts are not hosted only in individual directories, but on individual disk drives. Think of a computer with multiple hard drives, or, more commonly, a hard drive and a CD-ROM drive. Each one of these drives has its own system of folders & directories, completely separate from the other drive. Via a process called partitioning a single hard drive can be divided up into many smaller drives that the operating system sees as unique, separate entities. On a VPS system, individual accounts reside completely within these separate drives. Applications are installed to individual accounts and are not shared between a single group of accounts on one big drive. This provides not only additional security, but additional control, as users can be granted root access to their unique drive to install and configure their own environment without effecting the configuration of any other client.
This is how a VPS mimics the functionality of dedicated server, by having each account reside on is own drive, which is roughly equivalent to the single drive that would be found in a basic dedicated server. Software on the VPS server manages the individual drives & accounts to assure the smooth functioning and availability of all accounts on the server. This environment is ideal for those looking for an environment that has root access but are not able to afford a completely dedicated solution. Larger, modern VPS accounts can handle sites that may have required a dedicated server only a few years ago.
Webmasters concerned about sharing resources, or some security issues, often find dedicated servers to be more to their liking, but for most small- to mid-sized businesses and individual webmasters, virtual hosting is an ideal solution.
Dedicated web hosting provides an individual client with their own dedicated server for their website instead of having to share a server with others, which could accommodate several websites. It is also called dedicated server hosting. The benefit of using dedicated website hosting is that your website performance will not be affected by high traffic websites that would have been sharing your server's bandwidth.
There are many different packages available with dedicated hosting depending on how much you want to spend. The more resources a server has, IE, RAM, Hard drive space, processor speed, the more it will cost. One of the major advantages of using dedicated servers is that the client has all the rights to install or use their servers in any way they want because they have more administrative options. Dedicated server provides the best dedicated hosting solutions for traffic-heavy businesses that lack the staff, resources, and security to build, install, and maintain an in-house solution.
Types of dedicated hosting:
Managed hosting offers you the support of a technical team looking after your server. They do all the updates and technical side of things for you. They will perform routine maintenance without you even asking. Managed hosting how ever does cost quite a lot more then un-managed usually.
Un-managed hosting isn't as support less as it sounds. Most dedicated servers do come with technical assistance and routine maintenance, but any support questions will more then likely cost you extra. If you need something added to your server, it will cost you a in maintenance fee's. Rebooting your server should also come free with un-managed dedicated hosting.
Advantages of dedicated hosting:
· With a dedicated plan, you have your very own web server
· It off-loads all responsibility for IT, allowing you to focus purely on products and customers.
· This plan is perfect for the web developer who maintains several site, large web sites, web sites that use special software, or if you are the type of person who does not like to share your toys.
· You get better web site performance because you are not sharing your server.
· You have 24 x 7 tech support.
· It is a more secure form of hosting due to the fact that your site will be the only one on the server.
· You do not need to worry about server management or security issues.
· You get better security and reliability for your site.
· You have total control on your site.
· You Can Run Any Software.
· You can easily upgrade your servers to higher-end solutions.
· Renting & leasing dedicated servers is easier to get into than co-locating your own servers.
· Start-up costs are less. You don't need to spend the money to purchase the servers.
· Unless you need special hardware, renting dedicated servers is cheaper to start-up.
· Save on shipping costs associated with co-located servers.
· No server insurance is required.
· You can get out of the business without too much initial capital outlay