Web hosting enables people to establish and make effective their online presence through the Internet. Companies that provide web hosting services are called web hosts and they offer their services on a free or paid basis. Web hosts provide clients with server spaces and internet connectivity so that clients can broadcast their websites on the web; making them accessible to everyone around the globe who can access the internet.
Web hosting can also be provided on a reseller basis through colocation computers of clients who already receive web hosting from the main service providers and decide to resell the services to other clients. These web host reseller may or may not provide support to their new clients.
Simple and Complex Web Hosting
Simple blogging require less complex web hosting than comprehensive business needs. This is because organizations or businesses need more server space for their data and more software to enable the installation of some scripts and features to customize their websites. A website that, for instance, needs to market their products online and sell them would need software that would enable the website holder/owner to display the products in a manner that would be appealing to the public as well as systems that would allow customers to buy those products online and effectively transfer the money into the sellers’ account. Comprehensive web hosting services are usually offered at a cost by the web hosts and may include a few free and or unlimited features while simple individual web hosting needs may be offered free of charge by the provider.
Choosing a Web Host and Plan
Many web hosts provide some features free of charge, but others charge. In order to settle on a good web host, it is important for the client to know the up time and reliability of the provided services to guarantee the maximum availability and full functionality of their websites. Clients should also ensure that their computers have the necessary system requirements needed to run the software. Pricing is an essential factor when choosing which web host to use or a plan among many that a web host provides.
Web hosts provide data transfer services, video hosting, image hosting, shopping carts for online merchants, email hosting and blogging services among others. Video hosting allows clients to download videos and or send/save them as well as stream live occurrences/ events. File transfer enables sending or uploading of files from one server/computer to another and is mostly availed through web interface or FTP.
Web hosting plans
Web host companies provide clients with a variety of options in choosing their web hosting service type. Some offer more reliability than others due to the strength and type of servers used; guaranteeing clients functional online presence while others may not offer much reliability or features but charge clients less. Web host service types include cloud hosting, free hosting, clustered, dedicated servers, shared hosting VPS- Virtual Private Server, grid and managed hosting among others. Top web hosts include Hostmonster, HostGator and Bluehost among others.