Saturday, October 24, 2009

Web Hosting & Domain Names Getting Started

Here... Web Hosting 101... What is it all about... How to Publish my web site... how to share it with the world... where to get web hosting services...


So You are ready to have your own web site? 
Congratulations! Here's some easy steps to get started without wasting any time!

Step 1: How does it work?

 In order to share your awesome web site with everybody, and make it availabel 24/7 over the internet, need to host it with a web host, which is a web server assigned to you by a web hosting company. 


You need a domain name as well for you visitors to access your web site.

Most Hosting Companies give you access to both domain name and the hosting of your site. 

You have also to decide weather to make it a Dynamic or Static Web Site.


Step 2 : Which Hosting Technology?
  •  Linux Hosting Technology
 also referred to as LAMP as in Linux Apache MySQL PHP . Linux hosting is faster, reliable, cheaper (actually free) and more flexible than Windows Hosting

  •  Windows Hosting Technology
 aslo referred to as ASP, Which is the Microsoft's technology for web application


Step 3: What Hosting Service Level?
  • Free hosting ($0): this is like shared hosting below but overloaded with ads and generally very slow. You should only use this for small private sites that do not need to work reliably.
  • Shared hosting ($4 to $10/month): this is the most common kind of hosting. A very large server will host the websites of several different clients. Each client has it's own account though and is isolated from other clients.
  • VPS (Virtual Private Servers) ($30 to $40/month): Again a large server will host several websites but this time, the sites are strongly isolated by each other as if they were actually on different servers. This is needed if you have high security constraints.
  • Dedicated Servers ($79 to $399/month): Here you get a whole physical server for yourself. That is very comfortable, fast and secure... but pricey!
Generally you will always want to start with shared hosting, knowing you can always upgrade later. Shared hosting gives you professional web hosting capabilities at the fraction of the price of a dedicated server.

Step 4: Choose a Hosting Company

Once you have settled on Linux vs Windows and Shared vs VPS vs Dedicated, you will still have many offers from many different companies...
A lot of companies will offer you incredible disk space and bandwidth to host your site. Don't fall for it! All hosting plans in the $5 to $10/month today offer more space and bandwidth than you could possibly need when starting a new site.
If you ask us, there are 3 things you want to look at when choosing between similar hosting offers:
  • Performance: how fast will your site be? The best way is to check out a website you know is already hosted by the company you have in mind.
  • Uptime: will your site be available 24x7 or will it be "down" from time to time... which can be very annoying? Reviews and user comments will give you an idea pretty quickly.
  • Customer service! This is the hardest part to evaluate. If service is important to you, read reviews and user comments very carefully. However, if you tend to figure out things by yourself anyway, you may as well go for the cheapest prices... 
  The two Most Recommended ones are HostMonster for the best technical platform and InMotion Hosting for the best customer support.

Hosting options

  •  Best web hosting
  •  Cheap web hosting
  •  Green web hosting
  •  SSH hosting
  •  VPS hosting
  •  Dedicated servers
  •  Reseller hosting
Hope you liked it..
For Civil guys, we are still here... FORTRAN 77 talk is not over ;)