Friday, July 21, 2006

Types of Web Host

A web host is required to put your website online. A webhost 'hosts' or stores your files on their servers so they can be accessed by people surfing on the Internet.

Small websites are often hosted with free hosts. Most of these are run by well-known sites such as Yahoo!, Lycos, FreeWebs or Bravenet. These companies receive their income from sponsored advertisements which they insert into your webpage. There are often strict traffic (bandwidth) and space limits with free hosts.

The next step up the hosting ladder is paid shared hosting, this means the website is hosted on the same server as many other websites. Benefits include low prices, but if your website gets too big or popular you will get chucked off.

Virtual private servers are physical servers split between more than one client, where each client receives their own 'dedicated' (virtual) server, taking part of the real servers resources.

A dedicated hosting service is where an entire server is leased to a single client - these are used for big and popular sites which have outgrown previous cheaper shared hosting.

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