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Hosting, also called “Web Hosting,”

Is when a vendor provides the service of a physical location of the servers, storage, and other equipment that allows your web site to be live.

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If you’ve ever wondered “Where is the Internet??”

The answer is that the internet is hosted and spread across the world in a vast number of servers, and those servers are themselves inside of computers or appliances, spread out across the planet

Cloud Hosting

Refers to a number of different methods of having your web site be hosted across one or multiple servers that are geographically separate from your premises.

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Because computer data can be easily copied without degradation, data and service can be “redundant,” having many copies of the same data or the same processing, done in many places.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A WEB HOST?

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Reliability – A good hosting provider will offer at least 99.99% in uptimes, and have a service level agreement, meaning that they will compensate you if your web site is down for longer than they guarantee.

Support – The difference between friendly tech support that helps you with your problems in a timely manner and tech support that doesn’t is the difference between getting your business and not.

Scalability – When your business or web site grows, how easy will it be to increase (or even decrease) your service as it is needed.

Hardware – Is it state-of-the-art or are they using outdated hardware? The difference can be the risk of your site going down.

Company Business Tactics:

Web hosts may decide to go for carbon offsets and green technology, frequent data backups,
bi-coastal redundancy, or any other methods to get your business. They aren’t always just a gimmick.

Shared Hosting– This type is viewed as the most economical choice of the bunch. It is cheap because you will be splitting the cost of operating the server with possibly thousands of other customers. This means the server’s resources will be distributed among all the websites that it is hosting. It is a perfect choice for small websites that do not need to much memory.

VPN Hosting– Virtual Private Server hosting means your website’s storage requirements are distributed among a number of servers. The upside to this kind of hosting is that, should one server go down, the website will not fall to pieces because of the other servers. It is often looked as the compromise between dedicated and shared hosting.

Dedicated Servers– Dedicated hosting is the opposite of shared. Here, you get the server’s resources all to yourself. There are companies who even sell the entire server. This option is perfect for companies who have large, complex websites that handle sensitive information. It is costly but the freedom and security that goes along with it is worth the price. Typically, with dedicated hosting, you are asked to choose between managed and self-managed hosting. Of the two, the latter is much cheaper because you will be the one in charge of running and maintaining the server.

Cloud Hosting– Cloud hosting is the youngest of these hosting technologies. It is similar to VPS hosting in a way that the requirements of your website are covered by numerous collocated machines. Should one device go down, the others will pick up the slack and make sure that your website is up and running.