Is Your Hosting Service Value For Money?

As we enter 2008 many webmasters have taken to review their hosting packages and check to see if their rates are still competitive in an ever changing industry. Are you still getting the best terms for the services which you take? Is your host reliable? When was the last time that you moved?

As we see more and more changes in the hosting industry prices seem to change on a regular basis, with hosts looking to attract more and more new customers. However, there are a number of potentially uncompetitive hosting companies out there who have remained fairly rigid in their charges and services and perhaps not moved with the times. These are companies who seem to thrive on webmasters who are not proactive and more than happy to stay put for the longer term, avoid companies that offer too good to be true cheap dedicated servers. How proactive have you been?

For those of you out there who have maybe not been as proactive as you should have been, it may well be because of the potential dangers of transferring your sites, a fear that something will go wrong? If this is the case then you really need to look again! Your new cheap web hosting will bend over backwards to attract you and ensure that you take on their services, and in the vast number of instances they will actually arrange the transfer of your sites – taking the pressure and worry away from you. But can you trust them?

Let’s not forget that hosting is their business, their niche and they will transfer multiple sites every day of every week. If this is the only thing which is holding you back then you need to look again, can you save money? Can you improve the services to hand?

You may be very surprised how far the industry has moved even in the last 12 months, how prices have changed and the opportunities which you are missing!

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Web hosting is a service which places your site on a server and it will remain linked to the internet for an indeterminate period of time. The web hosting provider rents out the servers’ bandwidth and disk space for a monthly or yearly payment. You can host your documents or websites online with the help of a web hosting provider. Normally, a stable server will stay online around 99% of a year.

If you host your site, then it is accessible 24×7 by everyone from any part of the globe. People surfing the web make their search with some particular word and if your service is related to the word they are searching, then your site will get a visitor. The servers used by your web host are nothing but powerful computers which can allow you to upload the content even when somebody is reading the contents of your site from any part of the world. So, the external visitors can carry out their search without any interference and at the same time you can do the uploading.

There are Data centers which have a number of servers and they normally don’t provide their services to the consumer directly. The web hosting companies will rent or buy some servers in these Data centers. The Data centers provide web spaces with the help of the Internet service providers to the web hosting provider. The web hosts in turn sell this web space to their customers and the customers can then build their own websites.

Normally bandwidth is measured on a monthly basis. Bandwidth is the data to be transferred from the website to the servers and vice versa. So, the actions performed by the visitors of your website like browsing, watching videos, downloading etc. will be measured in your monthly bandwidth supply.

Some providers boast of providing unlimited bandwidth or disk space which is practically not possible. If they are making such promises, then they are deceiving you and you should not believe such providers. There are so many providers in the market with different plans and different price range. If you are new to the web hosting business and want to host your web site, then you should get some knowledge about web hosting before approaching any company.

You should know about the disk space, bandwidth and the type of domain name they will be providing before buying web space. Only when you have a good amount of disk space, you can upload new contents into your website frequently. Also, you should keep in mind that the websites uploaded frequently is picked up by the search engines quickly than the other ones. Another important thing to consider is the domain name. When somebody makes a search, it is the domain name that they will see and they can remember the name only when it is short and catchy. So, try to choose a unique domain name to make your website distinct from the thousands of websites available in the World Wide Web.

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Virtual Private Servers (VPS) have been used by many for quiet some time, but nowadays they are gaining popularity due to the newer software like FreeVPS, Xen etc. Before buying a VPS, you need to know what is so special about this server and how it works. Just read on to know more.

VPS is a single physical server which is split into several virtual servers. That is, the single virtual server is portioned in such a technique that the sole server appears to be multiple servers. VPS are ideal for those who want something different from the dedicated or shared hosting. Individuals and businesses often look for a VPS as it gives them some customization and privacy than a shared server. But, VPS is not as costly as a dedicated server.

Shared hosting is a good option to consider. But, the minimum available disk space, and the bandwidth and your site’s CPU being affected by other sites hosted from the same server are the main problems you may face with shared hosting. If your site is relatively small, then you may not worry about these things, though you may not have control over things such as scripts and system software in shared hosting.

Virtual Private Server is divided into ‘virtual machines’ with the help of the software operational on the server. However, some resources of the server like disk space, RAM etc. are still shared whereas the VPS gets its own share and functions completely unaided from the others. This independence allows you to run software and scripts or even installation of a different operating system without affecting the other virtual servers running on the same machine.

The main advantage of a VPS is the root level access you get with your server. You can delete or install software that you need and you can create accounts on your own. You can set permissions in the way you like effectively, and all these things that can be done with a dedicated server can be done in a VPS without huge payments.

In a shared web hosting all the websites are functioning with the similar operating system. So, when the server gets hacked, the sites sharing the server will also get affected. But, in virtual private servers this can be avoided since even if one of the portions gets hacked, the other portions will not be visible to the hacker.

VPS can be arranged in numerous ways so you should be aware of the number of portions it was divided by the web hosting provider. In most of the cases, the server’s whole resources are divided evenly by the number of virtual private servers on the machine. For example, if there are 5 virtual servers, then the total RAM, disk space etc. is divided by 5 and every VPS gets 20% of the total. So, inquire these basic details before getting a virtual private server. Then only you can enjoy the freedom that the VPS is providing and can make good use of it.

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It is a given that you need web hosting for your business, but deciding what type of web hosting you need can be a task if you are unfamiliar with the different types of hosting available. Most companies that offer hosting offer shared hosting and dedicated hosting plans if nothing else. These types of hosting as well as a few other types are explained below.

Most businesses will use what is called shared hosting, which you may have also have heard called virtual hosting. Shared hosting is exactly what it sounds like – hosting that is shared with others. Your website and contents are hosted on a server that other customers of the web hosting customers share as well.

The server and equipment that your website is hosted on is owned and managed by the web hosting company. This means that they are responsible for all of the security and technical issues. This type of hosting is extremely affordable and efficient. Some limitations of shared hosting include not being to use certain scripting languages or implementing or customizing applications.

Dedicated hosting is a step above shared hosting and an entire server is dedicated only for your company’s use. With this type of web hosting, you have access to all of the resources on the server and can host multiple sites. You can even choose to host websites for others, making you the hosting company. In this type of situation, you own the equipment or you lease the equipment from the hosting company. Whereas with shared hosting, the hosting company manages the server, with dedicated hosting, it is your responsibility to manage the server. This means that either you must have a technical background or hire someone who does.

Dedicated hosting offers numerous benefits such as high speed Internet connectivity and a high quality physical infrastructure. Your hosting package can often be tailored to fit your personal business needs. Such hosting packages are ideal for extremely high trafficked websites, since you have total control.

Root server hosting, also known as semi-managed web hosting, is a form of dedicated web hosting. With this particular type of web hosting, Root server hosting allows you to control your server by accessing the root. This provides the benefit of a reliable infrastructure and security. You are allowed to choose the operations systems and hardware that fit your business needs.

Your hosting company manages the installation and the hardware, but you are responsible for all other aspects of server. This includes backups and software upgrades are your responsibility. Since you have root access to the server, you can do whatever you need to manage the serve. If you need more flexibility or customization than a dedicated server can offer you, then root server hosting may be what you need.

Still another type of hosting that you may be interested in is reseller hosting. This type of hosting is great if you have a lot of websites or if you wish to provide hosting services for others. With this type of hosting, you contract with a web hosting provider and then provide web hosting services to others using your own company name, or you can simply choose to use the services for your own purposes.

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