|If you are relatively new to the concept of having your very own
place on the web this article may help fill you in on some of
There are two main categories of web hosting that I am going to
cover in this article. The first is dedicated hosting and the
second is shared hosting. The second type ,shared hosting, I
usually break down into paid and free. Normally, unless you are
a very special person, you can't get dedicated hosting for free.
Before I break down the hosting types, however, let's clear up
Bandwidth is the amount of data your site can transer in a given
period of time. This is sometimes referred to as transfer. When
people view your site on the internet they are downloading it
from the server and this uses up your bandwidth.
Storage is basically the measure of hard drive space your web
site is allowed to take up on a server.
OK, now on to the rest of it...
Dedicated hosting , or more like dedicated server, is where your
web site gets one entire server to itself. You are pretty much
entitled to all of the resources this server has to offer. The
entire bandwith and hard drive capacity is yours including
memory for processing and whatever else. With larger, traffic
intensive web sites dedicated hosting is pretty much a must but
shared hosting is usually more than sufficient for individuals
and small to smallish medium businesses.
Shared hosting is basically when a hosting company puts your web
site on a server with web sites from other customers. Your
hosting provider will usually give you monthly limits for
bandwidth, storage, email accounts and such. Depending on what
server you were put on and how good your hosting provider is
sometimes things can get a little crowded on a server and cause
your site to be slow and unresponsive.
Free hosting is shared hosting you get from a free service like
geocities or another. It is usually incredibly limited.
Sometimes you can "earn" a decent free hosting account by
posting in forums and such but in my opinion paid hosting and a
real domain name are much better.
Paid hosting is actually inexpensive these days. You can get
good solid hosting that will support a small business for under
$100 per year. Usually hosting providers include a free domain
name and free setup as well as a money back garantee.
I hope you found this article helpful. If you decide to buy
hosting make sure to be incredibly picky. The last thing you
want is to end up with the wrong web host. Read some articles on
picking the right domain name and hunt down reviews of web
I wouldn't go with companies that aren't huge and well
established. I've known many people who have lost web sites when
unstable hosting companies went under.
Be vigilant and have fun. Getting a web site is the cheapest way
to start a business.
About the author:
Adam Sullivan is a self employed web master and web designer.
Him and his wife, Amanda, work from home on various projects. Web Hosting Reviews and
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