Web Hosting is off-hosting a web-server application on a computer system through which electronic content on the internet is readily available to any web browser client.
Various types of web hosting services are available
- Free Hosting
- Virtual or Shared Hosting
- Dedicated Hosting
- Collocation Hosting
- Free Hosting: This type of hosting is available with many prominent sites that offer to host some web pages for no cost. Free is for fun. A free package will suffice if you want to experiment with a place or create a small, personal site for fun.
Free Hosting Pros:
- Free of cost.
- Use websites to place advertisements, banners, and other forms of advertising media.
Free Hosting cons:
- Customer support needs to be included.
- Low bandwidth and lesser data transfer.
- No control over your website
- Virtual or Shared Hosting: This type of hosting is provided under one’s domain name, www.yuorname.come. With a hosting plan with a company, one can present oneself as a fully independent identity to their web audience.
Virtual hosting is where one’s website domain is hosted on the hosting company’s web server and other websites. One can access and update the site. And its files are carefully secured. Through a log-on ID and password, one has 24-hour access to maintain one’s place.
- Most cost-effective type.
- Easy to set up.
- No technical knowledge is required.
- Great for beginners and small websites.
- Sharing server resources with other websites.
- Performance issues are out of your control.
- Not scalable.
- Dedicated Hosting: In this hosting, the company wishing to go online rents an entire web server from the hosting company. These are suitable for companies hosting larger websites, maintaining others’ sites, managing a big online mall, etc. Dedicated is for large, high-traffic areas or those with special needs such as e-commerce or security. They are also suitable for those folks for whom money is no object.
Dedicated Hosting pros:
- Complete control over the server.
- Not sharing resources with any websites.
- High security.
- Fast load times, high uptimes, and optimal performance.
Dedicated Hosting cons:
- Most expensive type of web hosting.
- Requires technical knowledge.
- You are responsible for everything.
- Co-location Hosting: For those who do not fit the dedicated-server mold, hosting companies offer a similar but less restrictive hosting, known as co-location hosting. In this hosting, the company owns the server on which its site is hosted. That is, the company owning the site rather than the web hosting company is responsible for all server administration. The web hosting company is only responsible for providing rack space and physical needs. These generally include a high-speed internet connection, a regulated power supply, and a limited amount of hands-on technical support, such as data backup or hardware upgrade.
Co-location Hosting pros:
- Greater Bandwidth High Up-Time.
- Unlimited Software Options.
- High Security.
Co-location Hosting cons:
- Difficult to configure and debug
- It was expensive.
- Require high skills