Hosting A Website: A Primer

by on June 18, 2008

These days, the internet is a fact of life. It is necessary for most business transactions which is why most businesses have a website available for their customers. Whether or not your products and services are available to your customers online, you should invest in a website front for your business. The first step in preparing your business website is to choose a domain name and a host.

Let’s first comprehend the underlying concept of domain name and website hosting.A domain name is the identifier through which people can access your website.Each domain name holds a distinct Internet Protocol address.When a user enters a domain name, the browser in turn loads information from the specified Internet Protocol address.Many hosting plans provide with a large choice of pre-registered domain names.

Having an identifier is not enough. Like every human has a personality in addition to his or her name, similarly a website has to have content in addition to its domain name. The content has to reside on a web server. Big businesses can afford to buy sophisticated servers where they host the data for their websites. But small businesses can’t buy expensive servers and need to rent space on third-party servers.

It is true that for small businesses it is easier hosting a website on a medium-range server. But in the longer term, hosting a website on such servers is not a good idea if you plan on making your business grow. Because as your website becomes popular, such servers may not be enough to handle the huge user traffic. Thus, your best bet might be to rent space provided by a third party with hosting expertise.

The numerous selection of hosting plans can confuse a new purchaser. To assist in choosing a particular plan, research websites listing independent reviews that will enumerate the less-obvious costs inherent in each plan and that will help you find the least expensive hosting plan that is sensible for your website.

When you are trying to evaluate different service providers for hosting a website, one great resource is online forums. There you will find people who have made this decision before, and they can give you lots of useful advice based on their prior experience. Let them tell you about the easiest way to proceed with your plan.

Often small businesses purchase a medium-range server for hosting a website, but this may lead to problems in future. If your website becomes popular then the medium range server would not be able to cope with the volume of the incoming traffic. That is why it is best to take hosting space on a third party hosting service provider. The numerous selection of hosting plans can confuse a new purchaser. To assist in choosing a particular plan, research websites listing independent reviews that will enumerate the less-obvious costs inherent in each plan and that will help you find the least expensive hosting plan that is sensible for your website.

– Tem Balanco

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