Web Hosting Services

Web Hosting is a kind of internet hosting service that empowers individuals and organizations to make their website available to be viewed and accessible by others via World Wide Web. A web host provides space on its server owned or leased for use by clients, so that other computers around the world can access your website by means of a network or modem.

Types of Web Hosting Services-

  1. Shared Web Hosting
  2. Dedicated Web Hosting
  3. Collocated Web Hosting
  4. Free Web Hosting

Shared Hosting

Shared web hosting refers to a web hosting service where many websites reside on one web server connected to the Internet. The Web Hosting service provider serves pages for multiple Webs, each having its own Internet domain name, from a single Web server. On the shared hosting platform each user has its own limit on particular services like disk space, monthly traffic, email accounts, FTP accounts, databases etc. This is generally the most economical option to create a Web presence, as the overall cost of server maintenance is amortized over many customers, but it is usually not sufficient for Web sites with high traffic.

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting is a hosting configuration in which a server is devoted to a single organization or for a single purpose needed for a website or a set of websites that may develop a considerable amount of traffic- for example, a website that should manage up to 35 million hits per day. A dedicated hosting service is sometimes referred to as a dedicated server and can usually be configured and operated remotely from the client company or externally as a service from within a data center. A dedicated server refers to the rental and exclusive use of a computer that includes a Web server, related software, and connection to the Internet, housed in the Web hosting company's premises.

Web hosting companies claim that the use of a dedicated server on their premises saves router, Internet connection, security system, and network administration costs. Benefits of Dedicated Hosting are-

  1. Customization
  2. Uptime
  3. Congestion
  4. Security
  5. Support

Collocated Hosting

Collocated hosting is similar to dedicated hosting with the difference that in collocated hosting you actually own the server. So, beside software upgrades, you can buy hardware upgrades too like more memory, larger hard drives, etc. In this type of hosting, you will purchase your own server and have it housed at a web host’s facilities. You will be responsible for the server itself.
An advantage of this type of hosting service is you have full control of the web server. You can install any scripts or applications you need. The main advantage of Collocated hosting is that the server stays in protected environment, with optimal connections to the Internet, rather than staying in an office or at home.

Free Web Hosting

Free web hosting is a web hosting service that is non-paid, usually advertisement-supported. Free webhosting that does not make use of advertising also exists but they often come with some limits on usage. Free web hosts will usually provide a sub domain or a directory. Many free hosts do allow use of separately-purchased domains. Rarely, a free host may also operate as a domain name registrar. Free web hosting can be a good choice when you just want to build a non-critical website for fun. Very often in a free hosting environment, connection speed is slow, website can be down frequently, and advertising banners is automatically added to your website. If you want to get a website with a domain name that doesn’t include any external site’s name, you must buy domain and then get web hosting which is usually a paid service.