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Description of Web Hosting

You have an idea that you want to turn into a website? Your very first move should be to preserve your enthusiasm and find a spot for your web page on the World Wide Web so that it will be always accessible to the whole world.

Where should you host your website?

Since the number of sites on the Internet has grown exponentially in the last few years, the demand for website hosting services has also lead to the emergence of incalculable web hosting vendors. These are companies that offer you storage space for your own website on their web hosting servers.

Kinds of web hosting services

The scope of web hosting services varies considerably, so do the requirements of the web site possessors. The most basic type of hosting is the small-scale file hosting solution, where files can be uploaded via File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or a web-based interface. A lot of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) deliver this service for free. Personal website proprietors and firms can also get web hosting services from different web hosting suppliers. Personal website hosting services are typically either free, advertisement-subsidized, or modestly priced. Business website hosting services typically cost more, but owing to the great rivalry on the market, an escalating number of web hosting distributors, like us at American Patriot Hosting, furnish business website hosting services at moderate prices and with flexible invoicing intervals.

Sorts of sites and their prerequisites

The cost-free website hosting solution is usually sufficient for personal web sites like portfolios or online blogs. A more regularly visited website, such as a social networking web site or a corporate web page, calls for a more advanced web hosting package that provides database support and web application development platforms (for example PHP). If you want to create an online shop, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) must be supported by the hosting services provider of your choice. At present, Secure Sockets Layer certificates are furnished by the majority of web hosting corporations.

The hosting Control Panel

The web hosting provider usually also offers a Control Panel tool for managing your web content, electronic mails, electronic mail aliases, domain names, DNS records, etc.

Service stability

When choosing a hosting plans provider, network uptime is a very vital factor. The accessibility of a web site is calculated on an annual basis by taking into consideration the time when the web site is publicly available and visible on the World Wide Web. Network and service availability guarantees, therefore, should be carefully taken into account when ordering a website hosting service. The best thing to do is re-examine the service-level agreements and the Terms of Service of the hosting solutions provider of your choice in advance. Reading reviews from current clients is also a quite reasonable step before you make up your mind to register.

The shared web hosting solution

The most widely used and inexpensive type of web hosting service is the shared web hosting solution. It includes 24/7 customer support, which is a big upside for users who do not wish to deal with server maintenance tasks, but could also hamper customers who would like to exercise more authority over the server. For such clients, a virtual private servers or a dedicated web hosting would be more appropriate. Most popular apps and scripts work okay on a shared web hosting server. Moreover, the shared web hosting solution is cheaper than other types of web hosting solutions, such as the dedicated web hosting, because the web hosting services provider splits the shared server among numerous users. The shared hosting platform normally includes system resource usage limitations that guarantee that the different users do not intervene with each other and that the server stays stable.

Administering your shared website hosting account

Shared web hosting packages usually include a web-based Control Panel interface, such as cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk, etc. Most of the large-size web hosting vendors, again like us at American Patriot Hosting, avail of their own personal custom-made hosting Control Panel interface.

Server maintenance

With the shared hosting solution, the hosting services provider is responsible for managing the web and e-mail servers, for installing web server software, security updates and patches, and for providing tech support to its customers. Most servers are based on the Linux Operating System. The hosting service provider's system administrators are responsible for keeping the OS up to date, unless you have a dedicated web hosting server and full root-level access.