Sunday, March 29, 2009

What is Web Hosting?

What is Web Hosting?
If you have a company and want web presence than you need a website. With the website any one from the world must be able to view your pages, images etc.

Website is actually a collection of computer files including the images, sound files, flash files. These files need to be store in a computer with high speed internet connection and these computers are called the servers. These servers and placed in a good place where there is no dust and temperature are maintained. These places are called datacenter. Many companies host their web servers in datacenter for providing the server space to the people for hosting the web site. These companies are called web hosts or web hosting services providers. They charge monthly or annual or both the fees for providing the space for your site.

Different Level of Web Hosting
There are three level of hosting

  • Shared Hosting (Virtual Hosting)
    Servers are expensive so hosting service provider shares the sever space to host many sites on the same machine. So the one server servers many web sites. Usually on one server 1,000 web sites can be hosted. This makes web hosting affordable because you pay a portion of the server fee instead of the entire server. Over 95% of websites of the internet are hosted on shared hosting environment.

    Shared hosting is an economical, flexible Web solution for both individuals and small- to medium-sized businesses looking to establish an online presence through static, personal and "test" Web sites.
  • Dedicated Server
    If you planning to host big application on the internet in that case you need a full server for running the application. In this case you are using the Dedicated Sever (server dedicated to your web site only).
  • Server Co-Location
    In some cases you can buy your own sever and setup the applications according to your requirement and place the your server on some ISP with high speed internet connection. This is called Co-Location hosting.

Linux vs. Windows Hosting?

Which is better?

We are often asked which hosting platform one should choose: Linux or Windows. Below, we've listed the major differences between the two that you should consider in making your decision. In the process, we have also tried to dispel any common misconceptions regarding these platforms. Generally, we recommend to use Linux, unless they need specific features/applications only available on the Windows platform.

The general consensus is that Linux is more reliable and our experience also shows this. We have had servers up for over one year without any downtime. Microsoft's Windows 2000 is much more stable and reliable than previous versions, but there are still cases where a server will require a reboot to resolve an issue.

This is where these two platforms differ the most. There isn't much that can be achieved using one platform that can't be done on the other one. The main difference are the underlying technologies. For example, if you need a database driven web site, you can choose either PHP/MySQL combination under Linux or ASP/MS SQL combination under Windows®2000.

Out of the box, neither Linux or Windows is very secure for Internet use. So some modification is required to make it secure.

Linux holds an edge due to the fact that the most of the software we use is open source (free) and that it's easier to maintain Linux servers than Windows servers for the same level of reliability and performance. On Linux apache web server is nearly bullet proof and it is very stable and gives high performance.

Hosting Choice
When it comes to Web hosting, Linux has, for some time, been widely considered the best OS for Web servers. It's typically found to be the most reliable, stable and efficient system and, as such, it's commonly used for the demanding environment of Web and mail servers. If you use PHP, Perl or MySQL, Linux is the way forward. If apps are Microsoft-specific, then Windows is what you need. But the fact that over 75 per cent of all sites are hosted on a Unix platform tells you something.

There is no difference in terms of speed between the two platforms.

File Types
Almost all the file types are supported on Linux web server. Commonly, the following extensions are supported:
.cgi, .html, .htm, .pl, .php, .shtml, .asp (requires additional plug-in), .xml, and others. Basically it means that you can host web sites that use different types of server side scripts including .cgi, .pl, .php, and .asp (with plug-in).

Easy to move to other Hosts
A web site designed to be hosted on a Linux based web server can be hosted on a Windows web server easily, where as the reverse is not always true. This provides flexibility in changing hosts as required.

Usually, a web site starts with a few pages of html and grows over a period of time to suit the customers requirements. It is preferable to design a web site keeping this requirements in mind. A web site designed for compatibility with a Linux/Unix based web server meets the scalability requirement easily without making any site wide design changes .

Introduction to Domain Name

What is Domain Name?
If we have to send a letter to someone, we must know his/her mailing address. In the same way if we want to visit a website, we also need to know its 'address', and this address the domain name. Here are some examples of domain names







Domain name is case insensitive, which means, and GOOGLE.COM are the same. A dot act as a separator in a domain name. The part after the last dot is called the Top Level Domain (TLD). From the examples above, their TLDs are

Domain Name Top Level Domain (TLD) .com .net .com .net .org .uk .ws

What is WHOIS Record?
A searchable database maintained by the registrar, which contains information about networks, networking organizations, domain names, and the contacts associated with them for respective domains. Also, the set of rules that describes the application used to access the database. This site uses fasterWhoIs, an advanced engine that quickly searches all registrars' databases for domain name availability.

WHOIS record consists of several components, all or most of which are asked to complete when registering a domain name. These are:

Registrant: The person/organization that registered the domain name.

Administrative contact: The person/organization that will be responsible for all administrative issues pertaining to the domain name, including registrant information.

Billing contact: This is the person/organization responsible for handling any billing issues related to the domain name.

Technical Contact: The technical contact is one of the most important aspects of your registration record. This is the person/company that should be contacted regarding any technical issues pertaining to your domain, and usually contains the contact information of the domain name registry that registered the address.

Should you ever wish to sell, transfer or otherwise modify your domain in a significant manner, there is a good chance your technical contact will have to become involved. As a result, it is absolutely crucial that your technical contact information remain up to date ? otherwise, making any adjustments to your domain will become frustrating, and potentially impossible.

There are also several pieces of information that are only when a domain name is queried via a WHOIS service. These include:

Registrar of record: The domain name registry that registered/approved the domain name.

Record last updated: The last time any sort of alteration/update was made to the domain?s WHOIS record.

Record expires on: The date the domain name expires. When a domain name expires, the registrant risks losing control of the name.

Record created on: The date the domain was initially registered.

Domain servers: This contains the DNS (Domain Name System) information for a domain; there are usually two lines of DNS information. The first is typically a site?s primary DNS information, while the second contains secondary/back-up information.

Why do you need a Domain Name?

You need a domain name to create your own web site and make a presence on web. Buy your own domain name ( etc..) and create good looking web site. You should register a domain name for your company. Once registered, the domain name becomes your property as long as you pay the annual fee to the registrar. So the first step of web presence is the domain name. Then next you create a good looking web site for your company.

How to Choose your Domain Name?

You can take the name of domain on your company name or your own name, I mean the same should be related to your business or profession. It should be catchy and easy to remember.

Where to Host the Web Site?
Host your site with a commercial hosting company (with your own domain, you won't find free hosting anyway). As you are paying for the hosting the hosting company will keep it up 24x7 and maintain the server. If you are not satisfied with your hosting company you can move your site to some other hosting company. Paid hosting company gives many features like Ftp upload of files, Front page support, Database support etc.. plus choice to upgrade the hosting plans at any time .

Designing and Developing your web site

After registering the domain your next task is to design good web site for you. To design your web site you should have some knowledge of HTML and designing tools like MS FrontPage or Deamweaver. So your first step is to learn HTML and front page. You can design good web sites using Front Page.

Designing a good looking web site requires some experiences to use the Image editing tools. But if you don't have experience with the image editing tools then you should consider using the professional web templates. A web template makes it much easier to design a professional looking website. A template gives you a starting place with graphic elements, a nice looking font, and a layout. In some cases, templates can also make it easy to set up features like e-commerce. There many resources on web which provides professional web templates that you can use for you web site. Some templates are free and also available on some cost.

Here are some points that you should consider while choosing the web templates:

  • I should be very heavy

  • Design should be good

  • The design of the template should be related to your business or profession

  • It should be easily customizable

  • You should study the limitations of templates if any before use

Professional web designing service
You can even hire a professional web designer or a designing company to create your site. This option is more good for the business web sites where you need you're looking to accept orders on your sites or have very sophisticated graphics, this is a good way to go.

Registering Your Web Site To Search Engines

Registering Web Sites
Once your web site is running, the next job for you is to attract the visitors to your websites. You can advertise your site using your personal contacts. But this way you won't be able to reach the whole world. 85% of Internet users find sites through search engines, so each search engine submission is your most cost effective form of marketing. The easiest and free way to reach the world is to submit your sites to the search engines and directories. Once you register your site to the search engines, the search engine crawls will visit your site and will index your pages to the search engine index. Once your web site appears in the search, you will start getting hits to your site without and cost.

Before submitting your web site to search please go through tutorial. This article describes the significance of key words, meta-tags, keyword density and web content in web promotion. It explains how search engines find and rank web pages, with an emphasis on what webmasters can do to improve their search engine placement.

How to submit the web site to Major Search Engines:

You can submit your sites to major search engines manually or use professional paid services for submitting your site to search engines.

  1. You can manually submit your sites to major search engines by visiting the major search engines (yahoo, google, msn, dmoz, dogpile, etc) and submit your site.
  2. Free submission to search engines takes several months to appear in the search engines. If you can't wait, you can use the paid premium services to get listed in the search engines.
You should consider to submit your sites to Google, AltaVista, GigaBlast, Yahoo, Open Directory Project(Demoz) etc.

List of Top 100 Search Engines

Here is the list of top 100 search engines where you can submit your site. Top search engines are Yahoo, Google, MSN, AOL, Dmoz, etc., but there are also many more high quality sites to list your website in.


Types of Web Hosting

Here you will learn about the types of web hosting services that are available in the market that you can choose for hosting your valued websites. Your website plays an important role in your web business. So, to choose your Web Hosting service you should understand the different types of web hosting services available these days.

Based on the cost and infrastructure provides by the web hosting services companies, Web Hosting can be divided into Free Web Hosting and Paid Web Hosting.

Free Web Hosting

Free Web Hosting companies does not charge anything to host your site on the server. These free web hosting can be obtained free of cost from websites such as The user using these free web hosting services don't pay anything to the host. These hosts are subsidized by banner advertising, so they offer limited services. If you take account from then the url will take the format like These free hosting are not suitable for business hosting.

Paid Web Hosting

Paid Web Hosting are professional web hosting services that charges monthly or yearly charges for the hosting service. These paid web hosting services are very reliable and can be used to host critical web sites. Here are the types of paid web hosting:

  • Shared Web Hosting
    Shared hosting also known as virtual hosting, is one of the most common method of web hosting. Shared Web Hosting is a type of hosting where many web sites are hosted on same physical server. It is the cheapest and easiest way to get a web site up and running. All the sites shares the server resources. Shared hosting is less expensive hosting for business to create Web presence, but it is not sufficient for Web sites getting tremendous traffic. If your web site is getting huge hits then you should consider for dedicated web hosting.
  • Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting
    The VPS or Virtual Private Servers are also know as VDS (Virtual Dedicated Servers) is a type of hosting where more than one virtual servers are created on one server machine. Each virtual servers are complete system with root access and user can mange the virtual server themselves. This type of hosting is required when you application needs Dedicated server and you don't want to go for full server as your application actually don't need full server.
  • Dedicated Web Hosting
    Dedicated Web Hosting is basically the hosting of web site on the dedicated servers. It is like having own server and without any large investment to setting it up. Dedicated hosting service provider will provide you a server to host your site. Dedicated Hosting service provider will manage the server, network, power-backups etc. for you. It can be managed or unmanaged.
  • Managed Web Hosting
    Managed Web Hosting are a type of Dedicated Web Hosting where your hosting service provider takes the responsibility of the server maintenance and software upgrades. In this case your hosting service provide will monitor the server for server failure and other related issues. Managed Web Hosting is best option if your web site is critical and business can't bear the downtime of the server.
  • Server Co-Location
    The Colocation Hosting means the hosting the own server in the premises of the Data center. In this case clients places their server in the Data center. The data center provides a space for placing the server, a high-speed connection to the Internet, controlled air temperature, high security, high-redundancy, managed server solutions and more. The Colocation hosting is also called colocation, co-location or co location hosting.
  • Reseller Web Hosting
    Reseller hosting is a form of web hosting in which the account owner split up their allotted web space and then resell it to some one for hosting.

Finding the Right Web Host

For the success of online business its very important to host your site on right web hosting servers and without paying very high fees. In this article I will provide some tips to find the right web host for your web site.

The best way to find the reliable right host for your web site is to ask with any of your friend who is already running the web site. In this case you can use their experience and find the best host your best site.

Another place where you can find the right web host is the discussion boards present on the web. In fact discussion board posting will help you in finding the right host for you. You can also look for hosting directory, simply search for hosting directory in google and you will get many web sites. From the web hosting directory you will find may host, but now the real work starts. You next step is the select the best hosting plan for your web site.

Here are the important point you should consider in the selection of the web host:

Price: Price is single very important factor in choosing the web host. Everyone wants good host with less expenses. So, its the business requirement weather you go for free host (for personal site) or paid host ( in case of hosting e-comm websites). Even in the paid there are many options, you can select cheap host or go for dedicated server for hosting your e-comm web sites.

Technical Support: This is very critical factor in the web hosting. Consider that you have hosted your web site on a hosting server, where they provide only 7 hours support. If something goes wrong in the non-support hours then your are all gone and your business suffers. So, its very important that you choose a host, which provides 24x365 support.

Customer Service: You should choose a hosting company providing professional and prompt customer service. You can test it yourself by calling them or e-mailing them.

Storage Capacity: You should calculate your web space requirement and accordingly select the hosting plan.

Bandwidth: Bandwidth refers to the amount of data that can be transferred per month from your web server. So, select the plan providing high Bandwidth (5GB or more ).

FTP: All most all the paid web companies provides the FTP support. In some case they also provides the Telnet Access. So, in most of the cases you will get the FTP support with your hosting plan.

Platforms: UNIX / NT. UNIX is the most popular platform in use today on web servers and its very reliable. It supports Perl, CGI and PHP, which is sufficient for any type of web application. Your selected hosting plan should include PHP, CGI and PHP support.

e-Commerce: If your web site is e-Comm web site then you try to find the plan which provides high Bandwidth and Perl, CGI and PHP support. You plan should also include the shopping cart and the SSL payment gateways You selected hosting plan should provide support for Real Audio, Real Video, VRML, Java and Shockwave.

Email Support: Select a hosting plan which provides sufficient number of email accounts for your business. Most of the web hosting companies provides web based email access facility. Your hosting plan should include POP and SMTP supports.

FrontPage Extensions: If your are developing your web site using Microsoft FrontPage editor, then you should select a hosting plan providing FrontPage support.

Why Virtual Dedicated Hosting?

These days Virtual Dedicated Hosting has become cheap and many hosting companies provides the Virtual servers. In this article I will explain why you should choose Virtual Dedicated Web Hosting for hosting your e-comm web sites.

Most of the small websites are hosted on the shared hosting server. Shared Web Hosting is the cheap solution to host your small websites and make the web presence. But there are many disadvantages of the shared web hosting. In some of the cases your web hosted may be halted when other sites hosted on the server execute heavy tasks. Thus you loose the business. Your may also face the service denial due to piracy related material on some ones site. You can avoid all these problems by selecting Virtual Dedicated Hosting server for hosting your web site.

You can upgrade your hosting environment to virtual dedicated server and avoid all the business losses due to unavailability of your website. Virtual dedicated server are small part of any big server, but its a complete virtual server for hosting. Certain amount of memory and server CPU is allocated to your virtual server. In this case you will receive your own "isolated server" with a guaranteed share of physical server resources. You can install and run program of your choice.

You can find the companies providing virtual Hosting servers by simply searching "virtual dedicated server" in the google. Most of the virtual dedicated Hosting service providers uses Virtuozzo software to make the virtual dedicated hosts on a big server. These days you can find virtual dedicated server by paying around $30 per month. This simply a good choice if your e-comm site is medium size and you can't afford or don't want to spend more.

Virtual Dedicated Hosting Companies:

    JVDS is a world leader in Virtual Private Servers. We offer a wide selection of VPS hosting packages that give you the equivalent of a powerful dedicated server at a fraction of the cost. Harnessing the power of both Linux and FreeBSD operating systems, we make sure that each VPS we sell is up and running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our experienced technicians work around the clock to maintain our system's integrity and are always ready to help should any problem arise.
  • SunVirtual
    500-1000 MB Manage your web practice or a small hosting company with an affordable, reliable, and scaleable web-based solution starting at $99/mo. Great for higher volume enterprise and small business hosting requirements. Full root access to OS, dedicated server resources, host multiple domains.
    Provides Virtual Private Server, Virtual Dedicated Server, VPS, VDS, Virtual server at Affordable Prices. VDS technology completely isolates each VDS, creating a more secure and reliable hosting environment. Each VDS has its own isolated disk space, guaranteed network interface bandwidth, guaranteed cpu allocation, RAM and operating system. If a VDS on the same physical server crashes, the other accounts on the server are protected and remain unaffected. It is not possible for any account to use up all the RAM, disk space, network bandwidth, CPU cycles, or any other resources of the Hosting Server. Neither is it possible for one account to view/edit the files of any other account. VDS website owners have full control of the environment with their own root accounts and have:
    • ability to install and run its own application software, e.g: Apache (web server), Sendmail (mail server), MySQL (database server), Bind (DNS server)
    • ability to manage own config files
    • ability to configure/modify root application software
    • ability to delete, add, modify any file, including files in the root server
    • full control over all files and processes on the virtual server
  • Virtual Private Servers (VPS) PHP Hosting is committed to affordable user empowerment. We do this through offering the most stable, feature-rich vps hosting products in the industry, coupled with outstanding support and powerful Control Panels. Our award winning Virtual Private Server product lines provide the power and flexibility you'd expect with a top of the line dedicated server at an affordable price. The technologies we offer with our web hosting products include PHP, MySQL, Perl, Python, Plesk, cPanel, Java, SFTP, SSH, SSL, FTP, Telnet, Unix, ecommerce, FrontPage extensions and more. As the leaders in Linux VPS hosting, we have enhanced the Linux kernel to enable features not available on other virtual private servers.
  • Redwood Virtual
    Looking for a dedicated server without the dedicated server price? Are you tired of the limitations of your shell account? Are you looking for a place to experiment with or try your hand at linux system administration? A Linux Virtual Server (LVS) from Redwood Virtual may be right for you. A LVS is an account that in all respects performs like a dedicated server but at the fraction of the price. You get root access and all the control and customization that comes with it. You can run whatever you'd like. (See our usage policy for more details). If you live in Europe, you will be happy to know we do not charge VAT.
  • VPS Hosting Specials by Rose Hosting
    Rose Hosting offers multiple VPS hosting plans tailored to suit even your most demanding needs. All VPS hosting accounts are hosted on high performance, reliable, Dual Xeon servers running the Linux operating system and are maintained by our team of experienced Linux admins.
  • RackForce Dedicated Servers and Virtual Private Servers
    RackForce Dedicated Servers, Dynamic Dedicated Servers (DDS) and Virtual Private Servers (VPS). Customizable Dedicated Server Hosting Solutions.
    PRO3.NET virtual dedicated servers are built on best-of-breed hardware and reside in a new, state-of-the-art data center. Add in our fully redundant network, 100% network uptime guarantee and industry-leading 24x7, live level-3 support, and virtual dedicated hosting becomes the clear choice! Virtual dedicated hosting occupies the space between the relatively inexpensive, but somewhat limited normal hosting and the versatile, but more costly dedicated hosting. Virtual dedicated hosting offers many of the capabilities and features of dedicated hosting, including admin access and dedicated IPs, but at a much lower price.

Web Hosting Glossary

Here is the Glossary Web Hosting terms:

Web Hosting Glossary, Our hosting directory provides you the most comprehensive web hosting glossary.

Ecommerce Shopping Cart:
Shopping cart is important for any e-commerce websites. Most of the Unix Web Hosting companies provides the shopping cart in their web hosting plan. This enables the business to add their product on the web and the start online shop. Shopping cart enables the web site to create a custom receipt and order page and emails both you and the customer when an order is completed.

Secure Server (SSL):
Securing the data transferred to and from the web server is very important for some business. So, its very import to have the SSL support for the web sites.

SSH - Secure Shell:
SSH enables the access the remote computer securely. SSH support is also available with most of the hosting packages.

Server Side Includes (SSI) :
SSI (Server Side Includes) are directives that are placed in HTML pages, and evaluated on the server while the pages are being served. They let you add dynamically generated content to an existing HTML page, without having to serve the entire page via a CGI program, or other dynamic technology. Almost all the web hosting companies provides SSI support in their web hosting package.

A server-side, cross-platform, HTML embedded scripting language. PHP is supported by Unix hosts.

File Transfer Protocol or the method used to "upload" your web site files to storage space on our network. Unix Web Hosting supports FTP.

Anonymous FTP :
Capability of setting up a public area where anonymous users can upload and download files from your domain FTP site or browser.

Telnet is a telecommunications software utility which allows you to become a user on a remote computer. Once you access the remote terminal, you can use it for its intended purposes. Telnet is also supported if your web hosting company enables it for your account.

Active Server Page (ASP): An Active Server Page (ASP) is an HTML page that includes one or more scripts (small embedded programs) that are processed on a Microsoft Web server before the page is sent to the user.

Aliased Nameservers:
Aliasing your nameserver allows you to keep your primary hosting provider transparent. By running "whois" queries on your domain name, a client can often detect that you are reselling services. Therefore, many hosting companies provide to resellers the option of aliased nameservers.

Apache: Apache is Unix-based, open-source Web server that is used to host about half the sites on the Internet. Originally, Apache was a Unix product, but now versions for Windows, OS/2 and other platforms exist. As with most open-source projects, there are numerous add-ons and tailored versions of the server available, which are created using the Apache module API. The name comes from its origins as a series of "patch files."

Bandwidth (Data Transfer):
Bandwidth or data transfer is the measure of the traffic generated from your website. It is measured in bytes, kilo bytes (KB), mega bytes (MB) or giga bytes (GB).

Control Panel:
A control panel is a web based tool for administrating the web site. It helps a webmaster to easily access the settings, tools, utilities provided by the web host via a user friendly interface. With the click of a mouse, he can administer the web space, domain names, e-mail accounts, directories, cgi-bin (program script storage area) and all the special features offered, including site statistics and shopping carts.

Co-located hosting:
This hosting option gives webmasters complete control over their server. You are responsible for providing the physical hardware and network administration; the hosting company will provide you with the rack space and Internet connection.

Dedicated hosting:
This type of hosting allows a webmaster to rent an entire server. This server is not shared with anybody. This is more flexible than shared hosting (see below), as webmasters have full control over the server, including choice of operating system, hardware, etc.

Free Web Hosting - Why Its not good Idea

This article shows you why Free Web Hosting is not good Idea for hosting your web sites, specially when you are looking for getting high traffic on your web site. Also its very important to decide when you are looking for big popularization of your web site in near future. Its very important decision in choosing web hosting server for hosting your web site.

What is Free Web Hosting?
Many Web Hosting providers provides web space to host your site without any free, this is called Free Web Hosting. In fact Free Web Hosting providers do not charge any money for hosting, but in turn they displays advertisement banners on your web site.

Disadvantages of Free Web Hosting:

  • Free Web Hosting Provides displays lots of banners on your web site and they turn your web site into advertising machine. On your site many banners pop up windows frames etc. are displayed on your web site. This is very annoying thing for you web site.
  • Since the Free Web Hosting service providers displays lots of adds on your site. They make good money, but you can't get anything out of that.
  • The adds displayed on your site may be one of your competitor, so you will loose business also. So its very important to choose good paid hosting service for hosting your web site.
  • Free Web Hosting Service providers provide very little space for your web pages. They usually provides 5 to 15 MB of disk space, so your site's expansion will severely restricted. Growing your web site above the offered quota would result in transferring to a paid plan offered by the same hosting provider or finding a different paid web-hosting provider. In both cases you end paying for your hosting and you might loose traffic to your web site due to changing hosts.
  • Free Web Hosting Providers do not provide the SSL security on the server, so you can't take online order. This is also a business loss and the only solution to select paid hosting.
  • Free Web Hosting Companiesdon't provide guaranteed uptime. Downtime through free web hosts is unfortunately very common. They don't care about the downtime of the server.
  • If you host your site on the Free Hosting space, your customer won't rely on you.
  • The customer support for Free Web Hosting Companies are zero, usually they provide very less customer support.
  • Many advance features like PHP. MySQL, FTP support on the hosting space are not provides by the Free Hosting Service Providers. Usually updating the web site on Free Web Hosting server is also a headache and you will waste good time.

What is Bandwidth or Download?

In this article you will learn about Bandwidth. Understanding the Bandwidth or data transfer is very important in the web hosting world.

What is Bandwidth?
Bandwidth is a measurement used to measure the amount of data passing through a network for a given time. In the computer field Bandwidth is also known as data transfer rates. Bandwidth is measured in MB (Mega Bytes) or GB (Giga Bytes).

Every time you communicate with another computer on the network, you are sending and receiving the data over the network. As a result of communication you are using the network Bandwidth. For example if you access any website or sends or receives the emails you are creating the traffic on the website and using the bandwidth or the server.

If your people uses your corporate network, the Bandwidth uses of your network increases. So, any communication over the network uses some Bandwidth.

Web Hosting and Bandwidth
These days hosting companies offers variety of bandwidth options in their plans. In the context to the web hosting, bandwidth is the amount of traffic that is allowed to occur between your web site and the rest of the internet. The amount of bandwidth a hosting company can provide also depends on their own infrastructure like the network capacity, network redundancy etc. Most of the hosting services providers have their own data centers with multiple high speed internet links. Hosting companies uses optical fiber high speed network links to the internet at their data centers. OC 4 network line is very high speed internet link used by most of the hosting service providers.

How much Hosting Bandwidth is enough?

When choosing a host, the amount of bandwidth you choose to purchase is very important for the success of your web site. Generally speaking, the more amount of bandwidth you have, the more traffic your site will be able to handle at one time.

The bandwidth requirement of your web site depends on the number of pages and visitors count on your web site. The size of page is very important as it actually determines your Bandwidth requirement of your web site. A web page size may very from few Kilobytes to 100s of Kilobytes.

The formula for calculating bandwidth can be:

Average Daily Hits * Average size of the page.

For Example if you site is getting 10,000 hits per day and the average size of the page is 70 KB then your bandwidth requirement would be 10,000*70 = 100000 KB per day or 97 Approx.

Most of the web hosting companies offers hosting plans with different bandwidth (measured in GB or Gigabytes per month) in the plan. So, you can multiply your daily bandwidth requirement by 31 to get the approx monthly bandwidth requirement.

How you can save Bandwidth
You can save you Bandwidth by optimizing your web pages. Here are list of the things that you can do to save your bandwidth

  • Optimize your image size and reduce its size to minimum
  • Keep the size of page small
  • Use the CSS to reduce the page size

Unlimited Bandwidth Hosting - Truth

These days many web Hosting companies claims to provide unlimited bandwidth hosting plans. In this article I will try to explain the truth of the Unlimited Bandwidth Hosting.

What is Bandwidth?

Bandwidth is the amount of data transfer to and from your web server. For example if some one visits your site, the html pages is served from the server. Let's assume that the page size was 50KB, now each time a user visits the same page of your web site, every time 50KB of data is transferred from your server. If 1000 users visits the same page then the data transferred from your sums up to 50000KB. So, the data transferred from your server is directly proportional to the number of pages views. If your server is getting thousands of hits then its becomes very important to take the hosting plan providing maximum bandwidth.

Truth about Unlimited Bandwidth
The truth is that no hosting companies can provide the Unlimited Bandwidth. If anyone provides than the large sites Yahoo can signup with them to save tens of thousands of dollars. But Yahoo or big sites are not doing so, as there no site which can provide unlimited bandwidth. If any company does claim to offer completely unlimited bandwidth, that company is either misleading customers, grossly inexperienced, or both.

In fact most of the web hosting companies are providing unlimited bandwidth which like this:

  • Those companies will not put any artificial limits on the data transfer from the hosting account.
  • But if the hosting account starts using huge amount of bandwidth making the network unstable, companies will make some other arrangements on extra charges.

Statistically speaking, a T1 Internet connection equals approximately 500GB per month and costs around $1200 per month. So how can it be possible to get the same or unlimited for $30 a month?

So, before choosing any Unlimited Bandwidth plan just make sure to read the terms and conditions of the hosting plan. Try to find your requirements are covered under terms of the hosting plan. Other wise hosting companies will terminate your account and this way you will loose your business.

Virtual Hosting

Virtual hosting the affordable hosting solution for reseller web hosting companies.

Virtual Hosting is the perfect solution for those who have outgrown shared hosting but don’t have the budget to go for dedicated server hosting. Virtual hosting offers affordable hosting plans and solutions for affordable domain hosting.

Virtual hosting is known by different names such as VPS Server, VPS Root, VPS Server, VDS, Virtual Dedicated Server, and Virtual Shared Server. Virtual hosting provides more control than the shared hosting but helps one to save money on net working and administration.

Virtual hosting is the perfect choice as the hosting solution for the resellers who can host multiple sites and can have advanced administration capabilities through an easy-to-use control panel, plus the ability to set up and manage FTP and shell users.

Virtual hosting provides you with the benefits of complete root access, total privacy and security, the ability to install custom software applications, build customized Web site hosting plans and host unlimited Web sites, which can all be managed easily from a single control panel interface.

A shared hosting environment has hundreds of web accounts hosted on the same server and share the same operating system and applications, whereas the Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a single dedicated server which has different compartments for multiple isolated servers. Each virtual server performs much like a single dedicated server, complete with root access and the ability to install programs of your choosing. A Private Server is much like having your own dedicated server, but at a much more affordable price.

The VPS technology allows for configuration of disk and network space in a way that each VPS has its own operating system and can have almost the same power as the full server. VPS hosting environment provides customers with their own private Unix virtual machine. Each VPS is a private and protected area that operates as an independent server. The beauty of VPS technology lies in creating multiple isolated Virtual Servers on a single physical server to share hardware, licenses and management effort with maximum efficiency.

Each VPS performs and executes exactly like a stand-alone server for its users and applications as it can be rebooted independently and has its own root access, users, IP addresses, memory, processes, files, applications, system libraries and configuration files.

VPS is affordable because multiple customers share the expense of hardware and network connections (and completely eliminate the hassle of maintaining it all) without sacrificing performance or the freedom to run whatever software you choose. The optimum sharing of resources has been made possible only through the innovative technology which allows for sharing of the hardware without the obligation to share the software. This is the secret behind the technology that allows the Virtual Private Server (root server) to provide the key benefits of a ‘broadband’ dedicated server hosting in a shared environment at a fraction of the cost without the hassles to maintain it.

Each VPS performs and executes exactly like a stand-alone server for its users and applications as it can be rebooted independently and has its own root access, users, IP addresses, memory, processes, files, applications, system libraries and configuration files.

Features that virtual servers offer

  • Own processes, users, files with full root access
  • Separate IP addresses, port numbers, tables, filtering and routing rules
  • Own system configuration files
  • Application Database: MySQL (Default), PostgreSQL (available)
  • Its own versions of system libraries and facility to modify existing ones
ServerPlex Networks is a worldwide web hosting service provider focusing on affordable web hosting solutions. The virtual web hosting is one of its affordable end-to-end solutions that cater to a growing web hosting reseller base throughout the world.

Shared web hosting - the best small business hosting solution

It is very important to for any one entering into the web business to choose the right web-partners. If you get the right solutions at the right time from your web partners, even a small-web business start-up of yours can fast grow up to become one of the most successful internet businesses offering you high ROI.

The right web partners help you to get good footing on the net from the very start of your small-business, be it in the terms of building your brand image and presence, search engine optimization or providing a small-business website hosting solution. The success of your small-business web site depends a lot on how you choose partners at each step of its development, right form designing your small-business website to hosting it over the net, the whole process for which is completed in the following stages:

Step 1. Buying a Domain

Step 2. Choosing a Host

Step 3. Designing your website

Step 4. Promoting your website

Step 5. Generating Revenue from your website

The unique name by which you want your business known on the web is your domain name. Always choose a name that has an appeal and relevance to your business and is easy to remember and then check its availability at You need to purchase domain name, but some hosting companies provide free domain name registration as an added advantage with their small web hosting solutions.

Choosing your hosting provider is perhaps the most crucial element in the success of your website. You need a good hosting partner for hosting your well-designed web pages on the server to enable it to be viewed by your potential customers.

There are certain aspects which you have to consider before choosing your host like the disk space requirements or the necessity for e commerce web solution integration.

When you are at the start of your business, you don’t need a big website and a huge disk space on the server and probably look for companies offering affordable web hosing plans.

For small business websites you may require space as low as 200 mb for which shared hosting is by far the best among various small business hosting solutions available with different hosting companies.
Choosing Shared web hosting solution helps you to make use of some excellent but affordable small business hosting plans offered. The shared web hosting solutions help you to have low cost web hosting which is quite essential at the beginning of your small-business.

After the disk space another important aspect which you should consider for the small –business web hosting is the bandwidth transfer. Keep in mind that choosing a low cost web hosting does not mean that you choose a poor bandwidth web hosting also.

There are affordable and reliable shared hosting plans that help small and medium businesses for hosting their website to get global presence they deserve. The best thing about the shared web hosting solution is that it offers the benefits of high performance web hosting services, while sharing a powerful web server with several others.

Some of the shared web hosting packages/plans offers plenty of space to store both your web site along with any other projects you are working on, and enough bandwidth to deliver your site to thousands and thousands of visitors a month.
Shared Hosting is ideal if:

  • You want your site online within 24 hours!
  • You have little or no technical experience
  • Want low cost hosting solutions

There is much more to web hosting than disk space, bandwidth and pop accounts. Support is an extremely important aspect while choosing a host. It is rightly said that bad support is more expensive than good support. And one has to be careful when chooses a low cost hosting solution. A small server problem for and your website could be down for hours or even days. So as a small business start up what you need is a reliable and stable web hosting service that offers the best support as and when you need it.

Serverplex is one web hosting company that provides technically sound 24x7 live support, high bandwidth connectivity and redundant Connections and a guarantee of 99.5% uptime on all sites; the best small business hosting solution to say it all.

The shared web hosting plans offered by Serverplex provides high security, reliability and service, the most one can expect from affordable web hosting!

Host Assured - Find Assured Web Hosting

Here I will help you find the reliable host, which assures (Assured Host) you about the hosting service. Here you will find the Affordable & Reliable Web Hosting by using our Host Database and easy search interface.

For hosting your business critical web site finding a reliable host is very important. Finding the right web hosting company can be time consuming activity. The best solutions is ask from your friend who is already in the hosting field. But usually we can't find any friend around us. But I will give you the information which will definitely help you in finding reliable and good host. These days there are thousands of web hosting providers in the big hosting market, so finding the best is very difficult.

Host Assured or Assured Host term can used for any web hosting service provider; providing the guaranteed web hosting service to the customer. The hosting service provided by any Assured Host will definitely help you in running your critical web applications. Assured Host companies will provide 24X365 days support to you in keeping your web site working.

Any Assured Host will provide you faster, more convenient and robust hosting solutions for your web hosting needs. These companies will provide you quality assured web hosting services.

Affordable Web Hosting - A Short Guide to Affordable Web Hosting

For individuals & businesses, choosing an affordable web hosting plan on a limited budget is a challenge.

The main reason for this is that most companies offering ecommerce hosting solutions focus on the higher-end corporate market and often overlook the small business web hosting segment.

However, finding reliable web hosting isn’t exactly a cakewalk, but it can be relatively easy if you follow these simple steps: define your requirements; user review survey; create a short list of potential ecommerce web hosting as well as email hosting services and ask questions.

Define your requirements:

* How much disk space and bandwidth is necessary?

* Type of hosting – dedicated / private or shared web hosting?

* Will you require CGI or database capacities?

* What type of hosting plan will you need – Windows hosting plans or Linux hosting plans.

* Will your website have any streaming media requirements?

* Will your site change substantially in the future?

* Affordable web hosting only for your purposes or for clients – shared web hosting.

User Review Survey:

* Always take testimonials at face value. User forums are the best place to find the truth. Also mail webmasters to get a reality checks.

* Be wary of Web hosting directories and mailing lists, many are owned & operated by Web hosts.

* Read the declarations regarding service uptime, downtime, backup, security etc.

Create a shortlist:

* Make a list of potential ecommerce web hosting and email hosting services that you see are recommended the most and complained about the least.

* Determine which hosts offer specific services that you need, with scalability for future changes.

* Determine which host fits your price range.

Ask questions:

* Ask mundane questions to check the quality, speed & efficacy of their response.

* Ask the service providers technical questions to gauge their acumen, knowledge and accuracy.

* Ask a lot of question to determine the host's commitment to customers.

* Subject host to an honesty test: offer them the opportunity to up sell you needlessly. (simple yet effective)

The Tricks of the Trade

SOHO consumers can find the most effective hosting services for their business if they follow and understand the following recommendations:

* Make sure the hosting company offers 24/7/365 technical support by phone, email and chat whether you have opted for windows hosting plans or Linux hosting plans.

* Do not be seduced by hosts offering cheap shared hosting services or extra services than you need. Most of them skimp on security & support.

* Choose a host who is flexible, scalable, and who can grow with your business.

* Ensure that you can add domains to a core plan and resell services.

* Ensure that the host offers a knowledge base of scripts, online marketing effective coding. (A surefire way to check their scale of operations)

* Check to ensure that the host offers some level of interaction.

* Watch for signs of rudeness, impatience and unresponsiveness.

* Do not sign a long-term contact for hosting services right away.

* If you have more than one site, consider spreading them among several hosts.

Summary - For a small web business start-up, choosing the right ecommerce hosting at the right time can be the best strategic move. It can enable your business to grow fast and offer you a high ROI. Reliable and affordable web hosting can be the crucial factor between your failure & success.

Andy Lewis is an expert author on web hosting related topics. affordable web hosting plan.

E-Commerce Web Hosting

What is e-commerce hosting?
E-Commerce Hosting refers to the web hosting for E-Commerce Web Applications. In case of e-commerce hosting, web host providers provides the tools for to handle online sales. These tools are shopping carts, Merchant Account services, SSL (Secure Socket Layer), database support, secure transactions, web promotion and advertising packages. In short the e-commerce web hosting services is the web hosting solution for companies or individuals looking for conducting e-commerce business.

Here are the important things should keep in mind before selecting and host for your E-Commerce website:

  • Support: Your web provider should provide your 24 hours support
  • Secure Socket Layer: Since E-Commerce web site require credit transaction, so your web hosting server should support SSL secure servers (128 bit) encryption
  • Fast Internet backbone: Make sure that your server is hosted on fast data center
  • Data backup: Your hosting plan must contain daily backup in your plan
  • Unique IP address: You ask for at least 2 unique IP for your website.
  • Server Uptime: Since your business depends on the uptime of the server, so choose the web hostproviding 99.99% network
  • Email: You should go for hosing plan which provides sufficient number of POP-3 email addresses, aliases and free forwarding
  • Email Auto responder: Your hosting server should be supporting email auto-responders
  • Web Statistic: Your web hosting control panel should have program to show your daily and monthly statistics in graphical formats
  • FTP Accounts: Your hosting server should provide your Full FTP access 365 days a year
  • Sub domains: Hosting Plan must include free Sub domains
  • JSP/Servlet Support: Your web hosting account should include Java Servlet support
  • CGI-Perl/PHP Support: This is also very import thing, so it should be included in hosting plan chosen.
  • Database Support: Any of the database like MySQL or postgresql should be available with the hosting plan
  • SSI & Custom error page: SSI and Custom error page should be included in the hosting plan

Arrow E-Commerce Hosting
Arrow Web Design is a full-service web design company, specializing in web sites for businesses, special interest groups, community organizations, public services, online forums, and nonprofit enterprises. We are specialized in E-commerce shopping cart solutions, MySQL databases and E-Commerce hosting.

Ecommerce Web Site Hosting specializes in reliable ecommerce web site hosting & email marketing solutions with excellent customer service. An Ecommerce enabled web site is a must for today's business. We can fit you with the perfect ecommerce shopping cart package to help your business thrive online. We are specialized in ecommerce web site hosting, managed server services and dedicated servers.
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Ecommerce Hosting
We provide best Ecommerce Web Hosting solutions.

Ecommerce and Email from Boston Computing Network
eCommerce, short for "electronic commerce," is defined as the act of conducting business over the Internet. Whether your solution involves an extensive online catalogue of products having search capabilities or just the ability to process credit card transactions in realtime, we can help you. Boston Computing Network offers professional web site hosting services tailored to small business and e-commerce web hosting needs. Features friendly, reliable support and fast web hosting services.

Ecommerce Web Hosting Solutions with MonsterCommerce
MonsterCommerce provides everything you need to build a successful online store. MonsterCommerce Storefront software allows you to easily design, promote and manage a successful online business. We provide Shopping cart software, Storefront software, Online store, Storefront system, MonsterCommerce manager and ecommerce storefront. provides E-Commerce web hosting services Co-Location and Dediciated servers. We are Leading Web Hosting and E-Commerce web hosting solutions provider.

Reseller Web Hosting

Reseller hosting is a form of web hosting in which the account owner split up their allotted web space and then resell it to some one for hosting.

Big Hosting companies provides the Reseller Hosting accounts, which can be purchased by small hosting companies or individuals to resale the hosting space. In case Reseller Hosting Big Hosting providers manages the data centers and servers. Any one can start the take the Reseller Hosting account start online business instantly.

In this page you will find information about Web Hosting Companies providing reseller web reseller web hosting accounts and reseller hosts

Reseller Web Hosting is a good business these days. If you take reseller web hosting account from good Hosting providers, then you can make big money. You also will be able to provide web hosting that support all scripting or application platforms to your end customers with your own brand and your own pricing. You should select a good Reseller Web hosting plan.

You should choose the Reseller Hosting Plan wisely. Your Reseller Hosting Plan should include:

  • Disk space: You should go for at least 10 GB of web space plan
  • Bandwidth: Bandwidth of your Reseller Hosting Plan should at least 100 GB
  • Private Name Servers: Your Reseller Hosting Plan should be with Private Name Servers
  • Backups: Your Reseller Hosting Plan should include the backups
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee: Your Reseller Web Hosting plan should be with 99.9% uptime gurantee
  • Unlimited Domains: Your Reseller Hosting plan should allow you to host unlimited domains
  • POP3 Accounts: Pop3 accounts should be unlimited on your sub-domains
  • Database support: Your Reseller Hosting Plan should include the MySQL Database
  • Programming Support: CGI, PHP, Perl, Python, SSI, Cron, FrontPage, ASP or JSP/Servlets should be supported by your Reseller Web Hosting account.
  • Streaming video and music: The video streaming and music streaming is plus point.
  • Web Mail: Your Reseller Hosting Plan should provide the Web Mail access facility to your clients.
  • phpMyAdmin: phpMyAdmin is very important as it helps to manage the MySQL Database
  • E-Commerce Features: Your Reseller Web Hosting account should enable you to give E-Commerce features to your client accounts. Private SSL is also a plus point.
  • Shopping Cart: Your Reseller Account should include the shopping cart like Agora shopping cart.

Top Reseller Web Hosting Companies:

ServePath is Silicon Valley's #1 Dedicated Server Specialist. We offer reliable dedicated hosting services with guaranteed performance and uptime, two top-notch datacenters in San Francisco, and a screaming-fast network. We are specialized in dedicated server, dedicated hosting and managed services.
Finally, a private label reseller program that you can count on! Lightning Reseller Hosting Services offer you the finest in support, uptime, and availability at a fantastic discount! Our full-featured reseller hosting accounts are perfect for a web business of any size. We have years of experience with our reseller platform, allowing us to offer remarkable service and fantastic reliability. Our experience with the reseller platform allows you to concentrate on growing your business, rather than worrying about servers. Stop worrying about your reseller host and jump start your web hosting business today!

RackForce Dedicated Servers and Virtual Private Servers
RackForce Dedicated Servers, Dynamic Dedicated Servers (DDS) and Virtual Private Servers (VPS). Customizable Dedicated Server Hosting Solutions. You can use the server for reseller program.

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