What is Web Hosting, Disk Space, Bandwidth and More

Posted by Admin on 1/21/13 at 7:12 PM in ,

What is Web Hosting and Basic Terminologies Associated with it

If you are a newbie into website and stuff or just someone who plan to move from blogger to Wordpress, then you'll probably be looking and researching about something called web-hosting. Right? Well, then it's time to know what it is and to understand all the basic terminologies associated with web-hosting.

What is Web Hosting

Web hosting is a service wherein the service provider provides certain amount of disk space on their server for you to store all the files related to your website and you point your domain to this server so that your files can be accessed by people who visit your website. Since the website itself is made up of numerous files, it basically means people can access your website.

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Basic Terminologies of Web Hosting

Disk Space

Disk space is the total amount of space you get to store your files on their servers. For small wordpress blogs usually 100 MB is more than enough. But it really depends on what type of website you are hosting.

Monthly Bandwidth 

It is the total monthly data transfer that can take place through your website to thier servers. It's the same as data cap provided  by your mobile operator. Whenever a visitor visits your site, the files required to view your website is transferred from their servers to the visitor's computer. So the more the visitors you have, the more bandwidth you need. If you plan to provide downloads on your site, then its better to go for unlimited bandwidth plans.

Single/Multi Domain

You pay, and you get your disk space. But assume you have two domains, 'google.com' and 'yahoo.com' :p ..! Now if the webhost offers only single domain hosting, then you can host only google.com on their servers and not yahoo. But if they provide multi-domain hosting, then in the same disk space you can store files of both the sites and hence host both the sites. But beware, your disk space and bandwidth are considered in total i.e, they are not counted separately for each of your website.

Scripts (PHP, CGI, PERL)

If you know wordpress, it is completely php coded. So if your hosting provider doesn't provide php, then forget hosting wordpress on their servers. CGI and PERL are also like php, however, they are not normally used by end users.

Auto-Installers

This isn't a necessity at all if you know how to install your site manually. If you don't then the almost all webhsts provide 1-click auto-installation of your required content management system (if it sounds to technical, then know that Wordpress is also a Content Management System).

Uptime

This is one of the most important factor to consider by reading the reviews of your web-hosting service provider on other websites or forums and not the testimonials on service providers website. Uptime is usually expressed in percentage and it denotes the potential and consistency of their server. If the server is down, then your website won't be accessible and this is called downtime. If the server is up and functioning properly, then your site will not have any problem. Look for maximum uptime percentage before buying.

Check the features you need and weigh it with the price properly and then choose your hosting package. Or if you are confused then just use the contact us page so that we can guide you through.

Do check out our article on How to Start Your Own Web Hosting Business

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