A Simple Explanation of Website Hosting Services

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One of the things you need to consider for your online business is where to get the best web hosting package. Getting a hosting package isn’t something that can be decided in 5 minutes. It is a good idea to compare all of your options before choosing what’s right for you. In order to better understand what each company has to offer, you will need to understand the following concepts:

Storage

This refers to the amount of information your web host can store. Small web pages, such as blogs or personal web sites, may not need a large storage capacity. Sites that need to hold large quantities of information, such as a download site, need to take a closer look at storage though. You also need to keep in mind that as your website grows; your storage need does as well. More pages and more files mean more storage capacity is needed.

Bandwidth

Bandwidth is the amount of information that can be transferred to and from your web server. It is usually measured in Gigabytes per month. Most websites have pages that are about 30 kilobytes when loaded (including the images). So just take that number and multiply it by how many page views you plan on getting per month.

Scripting Support

This is a touchy subject, as many people use different scripts for different reasons. If you’re going to host a personal website, your not going to need any kind of advanced scripting support. If you plan on managed wordpress hosting, you’ll need some PHP functionality (limited is usually ok) and at least one MySQL database. However, if you’re planning on doing some real advanced stuff, like opening up a social networking site, creating a forum with advanced features, or otherwise having your server process large quantities of information for whatever reason, then you may or may not need support for other languages such as PERL. 

Also, it helps in this situation to have a lot (preferably unlimited) amount of MySQL databases.

There are other things you need to look into when trying to find the best web host, but hopefully, this has given you a starting point. Not all hosts are created equal, and the cheapest one isn’t always right for you. It is also essential that you choose a reputable website host because your business is basically at the mercy of them. Think of your web host like a business partner, and like any good business relationship: protect yourself as best you can.

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