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What is Web Hosting?

You have a notion that you wish to convert into a website? Your very first move should be to uphold your enthusiasm and discover a place for your site on the web so that it will be always accessible to the whole world.

Where should you host your web site?

Since the number of web sites on the World Wide Web has increased exponentially in the last few years, the demand for website hosting services has also lead to the emergence of countless web hosting corporations. These are firms that offer you space for your own web page on their hosting servers.

Kinds of hosting services

The ambit of web hosting services varies hugely, so do the necessities of the web site owners. The most basic web hosting type is the small-size file hosting solution, where files can be uploaded using File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or a web interface. Many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) deliver this service for free. Personal web page owners and companies can also get web hosting services from various hosting distributors. Personal website hosting services are usually either free, ad-financed, or affordably priced. Business web hosting services typically are more expensive, but owing to the great rivalry on the marketplace, a growing number of web hosting vendors, like us at FlexiLinuxHost, offer business website hosting services at budget prices and with flexible invoicing cycles.

Types of websites and their requirements

The cost-free web hosting platform is generally sufficient for personal sites like portfolios or weblogs. A more resource-absorbing website, like a social networking web site or a corporate web site, necessitates a more powerful web hosting platform that offers database support and application development platforms (e.g. PHP). If you wish to build an online shop, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) must be supported by the web hosting provider of your choosing. As of now, Secure Sockets Layer certificates are provided by the majority of hosting companies.

The hosting Control Panel

The web hosting supplier typically also offers a Control Panel GUI for administering your web content, e-mailbox accounts, email aliases, domain names, DNS records, and so on.

Service dependability

When picking a hosting supplier, network uptime is a very essential aspect. The availability of a web site is measured on a yearly basis by taking into account the time when the website is publicly available and discoverable on the web. Network and service availability guarantees, therefore, should be mindfully examined when signing up for a website hosting service. The best thing to do is re-examine the service-level agreements and the ToS of the host of your choosing in advance. Reading online reviews from existing clients is also a very sensible move before you decide to sign up.

The shared hosting solution

The most popular and affordably priced type of web hosting service is the shared hosting solution. It offers 24-7-365 support, which is a huge plus for customers who do not want to cope with server maintenance procedures, but could also impede customers who wish to exercise more authority over the web server. For such users, a virtual private servers or a dedicated hosting would be more suitable. Most standard applications and scripts work okay on a shared hosting web server. Furthermore, the shared web hosting solution is more affordably priced than other kinds of hosting solutions, like the dedicated hosting, since the web host splits the shared hosting web server among multiple customers. The shared web hosting solution typically includes usage limitations that guarantee that the different customers do not meddle with each other and that the shared hosting server stays stable.

Administering your shared hosting account

Shared hosting plans normally offer a web-based hosting Control Panel, like cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk, etc. The majority of the big web hosting vendors, again like us at FlexiLinuxHost, avail of their own custom-built hosting Control Panel interface.

Server maintenance

With the shared website hosting solution, the web hosting vendor is responsible for managing the web and electronic mail servers, for installing server software, software updates and patches, and for offering technical support to its customers. Most web servers are based on the Linux Operating System. The web hosting provider's sysadmins are responsible for maintaining the OS up to date, unless you have a dedicated web hosting server and complete server root access.