Web hosting is a service industry which in its simplest form, entails a singular computer to be wired as an Internet Server and to offer part or whole of its technical ability for hire on rent. Hosting allows internet users to utilize information, content and varied services that are located on the Internet server. The information can be accessed through another computer which in hosting terminology is called client and through the internet, the server and the client exchange data. Websites can be created through web design sites such as FastEasyWebsites or GoDaddy and often, these designers have server services too.
The Different Kinds of Web Hosting
- Web Hosting
The most common hosting service is web hosting and this kind of web hosting allows for constant access to web content regardless of time. The website is put up on a server which can be conveniently located in a specialized center. Think WikiLeak’s servers which are stored under Stockholm! The server offers constant internet access as well as other services such as e-mail and file transfer protocol, database management and the space to code in perl, java, php, html, etc.
- File Hosting
Similar to web hosting, file hosting servers only store files and not web based content and applications. This means that information can be securely stored and yet be accessible to all users with sufficient data transfer capabilities. Data which is large and takes up a lot of space should be stored in File Hosting Servers as they reduce the workload on their own databases. Big firms who have a lot of internal databases and division use file hosting to keep their files up on the internet ‘cloud’ and still have access to them when they wish.
- Image Hosting
A more specialized form of the file hosting server is the image hosting server where, as can be easily ascertained, only images are stored. Images can thus be shared without restrictions and fuss. Images also entail graphics and other visual data and the storage of these forms of data individually in separate servers allows the user conveniently access them and use them for e-Commerce sites or forums, and can work through restrictions of size and resolution through the image hosting servers.
- E-Mail Hosting
These are servers which deal only with electronic mail. Web hosting and domain hosting often go hand in hand with e-mail hosting and sites such as FastEasyWebsites provide such services. The address can be created in the format of firstname.lastname@example.org and allows for personalization of the mailbox, making it more suitable for professional use. The clients who opt for e-mail hosting receive significantly sized mail box facilities and can utilize these facilities any number of times during the day. POP3 and IMAP protocols are also supported making the server accessible through specialized mail clients such as Outlook and Thunderbird as well.
There are many other forms of web hosting such as database hosting and domain hosting but these work in conjunction with the above forms of hosting. There also classifications based upon the size of the server and how many clients can be allowed into them. Shared web hosting is the most successful form of web hosting. Individual accounts with their own restrictions in disk space, amount of traffic, collective database limit, etc. and administrative control is provided to each client. Services can be altered and accessed through web-based portals hence even newbies and beginners can intuitively figure out what to do.
Alan is a web developer who has been designing websites and building servers for the past fifteen years. His specialized knowledge and experience gives him valuable insight which he often shares on online forums and websites such as FastEasyWebsites and others.