All About Web Hosting
Web hosting is a service that allows organizations and individuals to post a website or web page on to the Internet. A web host, or service provider, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed in the Internet. Websites are hosted, or stored, on special computers called servers.
When Internet users want to view your website, all they need to do is type your website address into their browser. Their computer will then connect to your server and your webpage will be delivered to them through the browser. Most web hosting companies require that you own your domain name in order to host with them. If you do not have a domain name, the web hosting companies will help you purchase one. The basic features of a web hosting plan include:
Email Accounts. These are common features of web hosting, especially if you are hosting a domain. There are three main types of email accounts: POP3, forwarding, and aliases.
POP3 accounts are the traditional inboxes. Forwarding mail accounts are useful if you are employing the service of another company to filter your emails for you. Aliases accounts are similar to forwarding accounts.
Bandwidth or Data Transfer. Very often web hosting talks about bandwidth and data transfer as the same entity. However, they are in fact, different. Bandwidth is the amount of data that can be transferred at one time. While data transfer is the actual amount of data transferred.
Disk Space. All accounts offer a certain amount of disk space that you can use to store your web files. So, it is recommended that you have some sort of estimates on what you need for various tasks – the amount of space you need for your emails, web files, databases, etc.