Sunday, September 7, 2008

What Is Web Hosting Service?

Web hosting is a type of internet hosting service that allows people to make their websites via the World Wide Web (www). Web hosting companies provide space on a server and allow access to the website via internet connectivity. Essentially shared web hosting is necessary if you do not want to manage your own server.

There are different types of web hosting services. These include shared web hosting, dedicated hosting and reseller hosting. The main difference for each is control and focus. Each of these different types can benefit your business, but you need to understand the differences between each in order to make the right decision for your business or hobby. Since each type of webhosting service depends on how much control you have and your technical expertise, you need to decide which of these, or if these are terribly important to you.

The basic web hosting service is relatively inexpensive since many websites reside on the same server. This is called shared webhosting. Since several websites reside on the same server, the costs are shared between the individuals on the server. On the server, each website is contained within its own partition and the website owners can create their own script such as HTML, PHP, Javascript or any other script that makes the website useful for the webmaster and the visitors. Shared webhosting is widely used by many businesses and hobbyists on the web.

Dedicated hosting is for individuals that want to have their own server. You get to specify the type of hardware you want and do not share space with any other websites. Additionally, you can host several sites on the same server depending on space capacity and the terms set by the dedicated server webhost.

A third type of webhosting is called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting allows individuals to sell their hosting space. Many reseller hosting companies require that you have a dedicated server for this service. The benefit of reseller hosting is that you get to sell the space. For those starting up an internet business such as website design, reseller hosting has the benefits of allowing you to create a second income besides the service your company initially provides.

Essentially, if you only want to control the content of your website, shared hosting is the right way to go. However, if you want to control the technology that your server has, you want dedicated hosting. Reseller hosting is for those who want to start a business and offer shared hosting to their customers. Once you decide what is right for your business, then you can make your decision for web hosting.

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