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  • Basic information!

    Hi guys,
    The following information is for all of the novice in web hosting world. It's adapted from some website which i don't remember.

    1.Difference between shared hosting and dedicated hosting-
    The primary difference between dedicated and shared hosting is how the web server is used. With Shared web hosting, the web server is shared between many different websites. With dedicated web hosting, the web server is dedicated to your web site. Both services have their advantages and disadvantages.
    Dedicated hosting is any day expensive than shared hosting.

    2.What is disk space and bandwidth transfer?
    The disk space that you contract for from your web hosting company is the disk space that you will use for your web site (and website logs if you have logging enabled). You can determine how much disk space you will need by looking at the amount of space that your website is using on your own machine.

    If you got lots of pictures or other image files there will be a need of more disk space.

    Bandwidth or data transfer, refers to the amount of data that has been transmitted by your web server to visitors of your website. For example, if you have one page on your web site that is 10kb large, and that page has one image on it that is 90kb large you will transfer 100kb of data for every user that views that website. So, 10 users would mean that you used 1,000KB of bandwidth.

    Bandwidth and disk space needs vary tremendously based on the type of web site that you are hosting and the volume of visitors to your web site. Largely text web sites do just fine with several hundred megabytes of diskspace and bandwidth. We suggest that you speak with your web hosting company and have them help you select the right plan for you.

  • #2
    Hello everyone. I'd like to add a few worlds concerning the kinds of hosting.

    As Priyanka says, shared web hosting refers to the process of hosting multiple sites on a single, physical web server. In other words, multiple websites "share" the system resources of a single server. There is no noticeable difference to your visitors between a website hosted in a shared environment and one that is hosted on a dedicated web server.
    Through shared hosting, a web developer can secure space on a web server and have shared access to the server's many technical features. Hosting companies provide this service by maintaining several large servers, and on those large servers they maintain a number of virtual web hosts. The machine examines which "name" it is being called by and then responds appropriately. Thus, visitors to the site enter through the domain name of the developer and therefore cannot recognize that another company's server in fact, hosts the site.
    For most small and medium-sized businesses, a dedicated server, or a single web server hosting a single web site, is unnecessary. In addition to requiring a skilled staff member to devote his or her time to administering the server, most organizations simply do not require the capacity of a single web server dedicated to the task of hosting a single web site. Shared web hosting is also the most affordable hosting

    Shared Web Hosting Advantages:
    • Allows you to establish your web presence with highly-capable resources at a minimal cost.
    • Ideally suited for beginners, startups, small / home-based businesses and growing organizations.
    • Shared servers are upgradeable and allow you to add features as your hosting needs grow.

    How Does Shared Web Hosting Work?
    A shared web hosting system has an IP address associated with its web services, and a web hosting provider can point multiple domain names to that IP address. By default, a web server considers the www/htdocs directory to be its root -- the directory that contains all of the files that are accessible through a web browser.
    To enable shared hosting, the web hosting provider configures each of their shared servers to associate each domain that is pointed to it with a unique document root directory outside of the main site's document root directory. Therefore, when a request for a file comes to a shared web server, a different file can be returned, depending on the domain name that was associated with the request.
    This should enable you to see the primary disadvantage of shared web hosting. With only one physical web server hosting several website domains, that web server's performance level can drop at times when one or more of the domains it hosts experiences an excessive amount of traffic.
    Most hosting providers avoid placing too many shared accounts on a single server to prevent such disruptions to their customer's service.
    Shared hosting can be provided not only for full domain names (www.yourdomain.com), but also for canonical domain names (client.yourdomain.com), which are also called subdomains.

    A Few Worlds About Colocation Hosting
    Colocation hosting refers to storing your own privately-owned, dedicated server at a hosting provider’s data center. Colocation hosting provides you with the advantage of allowing you to have your server connected n a secure, purpose-built environment high-quality, high-speed Internet connections. You own the hardware and you are simply leasing data center space and network access from the hosting provider.
    It should be said right away that this type of hosting arrangement is best suited for highly-experienced hosting veterans with a great amount of experience. Configuring and managing a colocated server is not an easy task and requires a large amount of technical experience.
    Although the colocation hosting option will allow you total control over your web server, your hosting provider will not be obligated to assist you prep your equipment for hardware or software installation or maintenance. If you require any extra services, it will not be their contractual responsibility to assist you. You must therefore expect to pay extra for any support of technical assistance they provide.
    The main advantage of colocating your web server is that it gives you the greatest flexibility on hardware and software configurations. No other type of hosting gives you this much personal control over your web server.

    Best Regards
    Helen Rei

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    • #3
      Hi Helen,
      That was very informative.Did you post any query regarding free web hosting few days back? That time I was in a hurry thats why couldn't reply to that. But today when I came to check that I found that post is not there. Let me know. Once again thanks for posting that informative post.

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      • #4
        That was very informative.Did you post any query regarding free web hosting few days back? That time I was in a hurry thats why couldn't reply to that. But today when I came to check that I found that post is not there. Let me know. Once again thanks for posting that informative post.

        Actually I haven't respect to free hosting. You might be confuse something

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        • #5
          Hi guys,
          I feel , before approaching any web hosting company one should consider following important things:

          24-hour support

          Daily Backup

          Traffic Volume

          Bandwidth Restrictions

          Email Facility

          Front Page Extensions

          Database Access

          Reliability of web host

          Apart from this, what other things do you think are important

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          • #6
            Hi guys,

            When you want to publish your web site, the first question which comes in mind is How much disk space is required ?

            If yours is a small or medium web site you might require 10 and 100MB of disk space. The average size of HTML pages is very small. But the size of the images used inside the pages is many times larger than the pages itself. Let us assume that each HTML page occupies between 5 and 50k of disk space on your web server, but it will vary on the use of images and other graphic elements. You might need much more disk space if you are planning to use lots of graphic elements. Make sure that you know your needs before you start looking for your web host.

            The above information was just to give you a rough idea.

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            • #7
              After deciding the disk space the next question which arises is how to decide monthly traffic?

              Once again if the site is small or medium, it will consume between 1 and 5GB of data transfer per month. This can be calculated by multiplying the average page size with the number of expected page views per month. For instance, if the page size is 50k and the expected view is 60,000 page per month, then there will be a need of .05MB * 60,000=3.0 GB.

              It is very much necessary that before signing a contract with a hosting company, you consider following things:

              Can you expand the bandwidth later on
              What will happen, when you exceed the volume
              Is there any restriction on monthly transfer?If yes what are they

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              • #8
                What is Managed Hosting?
                A new trend, appearing in the Web Hosting industry, is the concept of Managed Web Hosting. Web hosts have been offering dedicated servers for a while now, however, because dedicated servers can be difficult to operate technically, there has been a demand for web hosts to provide extra services such as: reporting and monitoring; managed load balancing; managed security; managed storage; and, managed databases. These extra services are referred to as ‘managed hosting’.


                Do you need it?

                Before you think about managed hosting you will first need to decide whether or not you need a dedicated server. You will need a dedicated server if you have a high-traffic web site. If you only have a small web site with low traffic levels then a shared hosting arrangement should be fine. A dedicated server is more expensive to rent and more difficult to operate than a shared hosting solution but if your business depends on a steady service then you should seriously consider renting a dedicated server.

                The only disadvantage with dedicated web hosting is that you will have to do a lot of the server administration yourself, and to do this you will need to possess some technical skills; hence the demand for managed hosting. If you fall into this category of needing a dedicated server but you need your host to provide system administration services such as security, firewalls, monitoring and reporting services, and data backup then most likely you will need managed hosting.

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                • #9
                  How do you find Managed hosting packages?

                  Many web hosts who once provided only shared and dedicated web hosting are now beginning to offer managed services too. A good place to start looking for managed hosting is through web hosting directories and search engines, by doing a search for managed hosting you should receive a good list of managed hosting providers. Another key place to start is by contacting hosts who are offering dedicated hosting and ask them if they can provide a managed hosting arrangement as well.

                  Companies providing managed hosting will either offer managed hosting per item or in a pre-configured plan. Per-item managed hosting gives you the freedom to pick and choose what services you need or do not need; on the other hand, a pre-configured plan will include the dedicated server and the managed hosting services at a monthly fee.

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                  • #10
                    What should I look for in a managed hosting provider?

                    When choosing a managed hosting provider it is a good idea that your host provides the following qualities:

                    Reliable and fast support – a good way to find out the response rate and the quality of the services offered by a web host is to send them an email before you sign up with them. If you receive a good response from your web host then this should give you a good indication of the services they are offering.

                    Freedom – its important to have as much freedom as possible and having the ability to choose from a wide range of services is essential. With managed hosting you might decide that you don’t require firewall support, its important that your web host will provide you with the option of selecting exactly what you need and what you don’t need. Also having the ability to pay monthly is a huge advantage. It will be less of a drain on your budget and you can avoid any expensive yearly contracts.

                    Fast and reliable connection – You should find out exactly what sort of connection the web host has to the Internet. By asking the web host they should be able to send you their network and connectivity details, you might even be able to find this out on their web site. Also find out where the web hosts Network Operations Center (NOC) is located.

                    Competitiveness – When searching for a managed hosting provider it is important to do your research. Each web host will be offering different managed hosting services all at different rates, you might find that one web host may offer one attractive managed hosting service while another doesn’t. However, as many more web hosts are beginning to offer managed hosting, a new competitive market is developing and the prices for managed hosting are becoming much more affordable with many more services being offered

                    Managed hosting is ideal for the new online businesses person, looking to build a large online business, and wanting to avoid the extra time and resources spent in-house on managing their dedicated servers. In-turn, managed web hosting has provided a profitable outcome to many online businesses by preventing a waste of valuable resources spent on high skilled employees; months of staff training; and, costs of hardware and software. Source:M6/net/articles

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                    • #11
                      What is a domain name?
                      A domain name is the address that users will enter in their web browser (like Internet Explorer or Netscape) to access your web site.

                      Why You Need A Domain Name?


                      On the World Wide Web your domain name is your own unique identity. No two parties can ever hold the same domain name simultaneously; therefore your Internet identity is totally unique. If you have a business site on the Internet your domain name is your own online brand and in a sense you can use your domain name as your online business card. With your own domain name your web site, and e-mail addresses for example will have that professional look, being unique to your business. Many people often miss the importance of having and then keeping their domain name until they lose it. Once this happens they soon realize that they have lost their whole online identity.

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                      • #12
                        How does a domain name work?

                        To understand why you need a domain name you first need to know how a domain name works.

                        A domain name is an addressing construct, used for finding and identifying computers on the Internet. Computers use Internet Protocol (IP) Addresses, which are a series of numbers used to identify each other on the Internet; however, many people find it hard to remember IP Addresses. Because of this, domain names were developed so that easily remembered names and phrases could be used to identify entities in the Internet instead of using an IP Address.

                        For example, the domain name htmlforums.com identifies the company htmlforums. When a user types the domain name htmlforums.com in their browser or sends an email to htmlforums.com, the Domain Name System (DNS) will translate the domain name into IP numbers. These are then used by the Internet to connect the user to htmlforums.com's web presence.

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                        • #13
                          What should I use as a domain name?

                          You can use a word or phrase as a domain name. When thinking of a domain name, think of catchy words or phrases that are easy to remember and that will bring more traffic to your site. Try to use a domain name that is relevant to your web site. If your web site is a business site, it is a good idea to use the companies name as the domain name or if your site is a personal site try to think of a domain name that is related to the topic of your web site.

                          Also try to keep your domain name as short as possible, around 5 to 20 characters is fine. The shorter the domain name the easier it will be to remember.

                          One thing to keep in mind is assumed spelling issues; if you think up a ‘clever’ domain name such as 1luv4u.com – One Love For You (dating service), people may type in oneloveforyou.com believing this is the domain name; or oneluv4u.com, or 1love4you.com etc. This leads to brand problems. In this case the “oneloveforyou.com” name would be best. Another unfortunate example: Flo Office Supplies – flooffice.com?

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                          • #14
                            How do I acquire a domain name?

                            There are two main ways you can get a domain name. You can either register your domain name yourself or you can get your web host or ISP (Internet Service Provider) to register it for you.

                            To register a domain name yourself you will need to choose a Registrar. A Registrar is an ICANN accredited domain registration company. There are hundreds of Registrars on the Internet nowadays. The market is becoming increasingly competitive; which means that you can purchase domains names for a low yearly fee.

                            Most web hosting companies will offer domain registration services to their clients. When you register a domain name through a web host they will register your domain name for you through their own approved registrar. An advantage to having your web host register your domain name for you is that, they have probably done this process many times before; they have all the necessary information ready at hand. This process will save you time and, as long as you give the ‘correct’ domain name desired, there will be no unfamiliar dealings with Registrars.

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                            • #15
                              Why should I keep my domain name registered?

                              If you loose your domain name you can loose your whole online identity.

                              Because you can only register a domain name for a year or so, you will need to make sure that you renew it before the expiry date. Once your domain name expires you will no longer own that domain name. Your Registrar will then own it and be able to sell your domain name to the highest bidder. To make sure you don’t loose your domain name you will need to make sure you renew your domain name at least two weeks before it expires.

                              Also make sure that your information is registered properly, especially if you didn’t register your domain name yourself. Ensure that your information is displayed as the registrant, administrative and billing contacts; most importantly make sure that the email addresses for these contacts are ACTIVE. When you receive any information about your domain name, such as renewals, price changes, etc… an email will be sent to this email address. If you can’t receive any mail from the email addresses listed under the domain names contact then you are at risk of not receiving important notifications about your domain names, which could result in loosing your domain name.

                              People often miss the importance of having their own unique domain name for their web sites. A domain name represents you, your company and your online presence; as does a ‘business card’. If you don’t have your own domain name you won’t be able to promote your own online identity and web site on the World Wide Web.

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