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What is web page hosting?

Web Page Hosting

After producing a web page, the next step is hosting. This is essential to make the site available for public browsing. It's important to confirm that your web-hosting provider will maintain the server on which your site is hosted, as well as manage the technology linking it to the internet.

Service providers should also offer a range of packages that tailor web-hosting specifications (data storage and transfer) to customers' requirements. These quantities should be scalable to facilitate club growth.

All packages should involve full technical support, which is vital for any technically-challenged business.

Technical Aspects of Hosting and How It Works

Establishing a website online requires a combination of several elements, including somewhere to live – that is, on an area of disk space on a computer. The computer needs to run software that is designed to send and receive data on a network (in this case on the internet this network is the World Wide Web). This combination of disk space and software is called a Server. The other necessary element a working network connection to the World Wide Web.

When you put together a server solution with networking you have the basis of web hosting. It's possible to turn a home computer into a web server, but it's unlikely to offer a quality solution. When you pay for third party web hosting, you're paying for a specialist company to provide and manage the equipment and infrastructure for you at a fraction of the cost it would cost you to run it yourself.

The quality and location of a server and network connection (your web hosting) has a direct correlation to the quality of experience a visitor to your website has. Every tim a visitor requests a page from your website, the server is required to process that information and send the information back across the network to the visitors browser (such as Internet Explorer). On busy websites, when this happens hundreds or thousands of times a minute, the amount of data can become quite large and the amount of processing power required to make it happen can be intense.

A web-hosting provider has servers that are specifically designed to handle the processing and network demands of the internet, as well as sophisticated connections to the internet that provides large capacity data transfers in and out of these servers.

There are a multitude of different type of web hosting available from thousands of suppliers, running different software on different servers, with different quality network connections, so when you coose a web-hosting provider there are 4 areas to consider – platform, infrastructure, location and service.

Platform

A platform is a mix of software that can be employed to run on a server. The choice of web hosting platform is usually a technical decision made by a web designer, since they'll be programming the website in their preferred language.

Aspects involved in this decision-making process may include the type of software platform to be used (such as Windows or Linux), and the scripting languages used (such as ASP or PHP).

Infrastructure

Infrastructure refers to the hardware, network and configuration offered by a hosting provider. Most websites are hosted in a 'shared' web-hosting environment, meaning that there are multiple websites on each server – each website having a protion of the disk space and network resources assigned to it. Sharing hosting resources in this way brings down the cost of web hosting for individual customers considerably and is the most popular form of hosting.

Another type of hosting available is dedicated hosting, which offers an entire server dedicated to your use and is far more expensive due to its exclusivity. By having the sole resource of the server, customers can receive a faster, more efficient service that offers more security and can be customised to suit individual needs. But managing a dedicated server requires a sophisticated understanding of the technologies involved and is an advanced solution that can cost you well in excess of $250 per month.

Hardware facilities from a web hosting provider are typically housed in data centres, and include the network connection and an area referred to as 'redundancy' – this is a back-up system.

What happens if there is a power cut at a data centre? Unless it has multiple points of redundancy such as an uninterruptible power supply and a power generator that will take it through such an event, then your server and thus your website will go offline. Redundancy is equally important for disk drives, network connections and air-cooling systems.

A good rule of thumb is that if a web hosting company does not explicitly discuss their data centre and what it offers, you should avoid them.

Choosing the Right Service Provider

When choosing your service provider, ensure they offer the services provided below.
Speed: Remember you are selecting a business partner as well as a service provider. Ensure they're dedicated to maximising the effectiveness of and online performance of your site or multiple sites. It's important your website maintains a consistent speed/ performance, particularly during peak activity periods. This is when may potential customers are trying to access your virtual business.

Location: Does it matter where your web hosting is located? Absolutely. Bandwidth in the US is much cheaper than that in Australia, enabling US hosting companies to offer hosting at highly competitive prices. However, with servers in the other side of the world there can be speed issues (known as latency) that can result in your website being delivered slower. Technical support can often be problematic when a US office is closed during Australian business hours. Even though a hosting company presents itself as Australian, if their data centre is in Florida you'll experience the same issues. To be sure, look for Australian hosting providers with high quality Australian data centres.

Customer Support: It's important that your service provider has technical support staff dedicated to addressing any question or concern you may have, while also assisting you in configuring your services so that you get the maximum benefit out of all the features that come with your package. Be aware that a developed support infrastructure can have quite an impact on the cost of service provision.

Range of Services: Choose a provider whose web hosting packages are scalable, facilitating the potential growth of your business needs. Businesses can start with a basic package and as your web presence grows, you can upgrade easily to more comprehensive packages such as eCommerce.

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