Web hosting is a service that keeps your website running. When you publish your website or any application on the internet, you need to have some space to place your files, media, and database. You can run your server, but it is challenging to manage one. Here we present a complete beginner’s guide to web hosting for you.

web hosting - beginners guide
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Server computer:

A server computer is a computer that keeps your website accessible all the time. The server computer works every second of the day and so has an active internet connection. It is very difficult to manage such a system. Therefore you will need someone who provides the service of hosting. Many web hosts offer such services.  Before hosting your website, you will need to buy a domain name.

Domain name:

The domain name is the unique address of a website through which a website is accessed. It is like your home address. Any traffic from the internet reaches a website through a domain, like mail delivered to you when your home address is provided.

Let’s consider hosting as a piece of land where you have to establish a house. Now, your house is your website, and your home address is a domain name. I hope, from the above example, you will have understood the concept of domain names well.

Choosing a domain name:

Choosing the best and easy-to-remember domain name will attract more audiences. You should get a domain name that explains your business or the purpose of your business, You can get a free domain name, but a premium domain name or custom domain is not free. However, you will need to pay for it. This

payment may be monthly or annual. You will need to pay to renew the ownership after a regular period. Domains are of different types, like .com, .in, .us, .pk etc.

List of hosting websites – a guide to web hosting

There are many web hosting service providers, who help their subscribers in different manners. Web hosting provider provides their best services at the best possible price to their users. moreover, they are popular among their users. Keeping in mind the needs and ease of beginners, the following are some service providers’ names. Beginners can purchase hosting from any of the following:

  1. InMotionHosting.com
  2. Bluehost.com
  3. Hostinger.com
  4. Dreamhost.com
  5. GoDaddy.com
  6. Wix.com

These are the popular web hosting service providers among users for their affordable plans. Although the provider provides a user-friendly dashboard. They offer the facility to install website builders in a single click. Also, They offer different website-building tools like WordPress, Joomla, etc.

Types of Hosting – a guide to web hosting

Based on the operating system or platform, there are two main types of hosting: Linux hosting and Windows hosting. Based on the pricing plan, there may be different types of hosting. Here are some types of hosting based on the pricing plan. For the beginner’s guide, I would like to discuss the most basic types of hosting.

Types of Hosting - a guide to web hosting
Types of Hosting – a guide to web hosting

Shared Hosting:

In shared hosting, the website is stored on a single computer on which other websites are already reserved, In other words, your website will use the same resources as the others. In shared hosting, everything is shared. Hence, it is cheaper than other types of hosting and is perfect for beginners. If you are starting a small business or running a blog, you can choose shared hosting. Certainly, if the traffic on your website increases with time, you can migrate to the other plan.

Virtual private server hosting (commonly known as VPS hosting):

In virtual private server hosting, websites are stored on the same server, but each uses a measured quantity of resources. For Example, a single website will use 2GB RAM and 500 GB storage. It is typically more expensive than shared hosting.

Other types of hosting:

  • Dedicated hosting
  • Cloud hosting
  • Managed hosting
  • Reseller hosting

As the beginner gets familiar with hosting, he/she can learn other types of hosting.

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