Web Hosting Services

Web Hosting Companies

The best hosting providers that sell web hosting plans. Save money by buying a cheap hosting package for your website (domain name). Nearly all of them offer shared, reseller, dedicated, VPS, cloud and other complex web hosting solutions; including domain name registrations.

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HostPapa HostMonster Resellerspanel A2 Hosting VistaPages Cloudways Digital Ocean Lucas Hosting Lunarpages WebHost.pro
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GreenGeeks YahooHosting Manashosting PowWeb ResellerClub Homestead Fasthosts IO Zoom Aplus Hostinger
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BlueHost StartLogic FastNext PeoplesHost HostingFest Knownhost Hosting24 Network Solutions USANetHosting Spark Rack
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History

History
Commercial Hosting Services Started in 1995
Minimum Equipment Needed: Computer or a Web Server
Earliest Hosting Companies: GeoCities, Angelfire and Tripod

Types

In order to host a website, a web host needs a web server which is located in a facility called a datacenter. There are thousands of datacenters all around the world.

Types
Smaller Hosting Services
Larger Hosting Services

Smaller Hosting Services

Smaller Hosting Services
One Page Websites or personal sites
Uploading Tools: File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or a Web interface
Providers: Internet service providers (ISPs)
Limited Services: Paid advertisements or no email compared to paid hosting

Larger Hosting Services

For websites with more technical requirements like database support and application development platforms (e.g. ASP.NET, ColdFusion, Java EE, Perl/Plack, PHP or Ruby on Rails). Also to write or install scripts for applications like forums and content management; Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) for secure data transmission. Most sites require Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Perl/Python to run applications (Content Management System, Shopping cart).

Larger Hosting Services
Shared web hosting service
Reseller web hosting
Virtual Dedicated Server
Dedicated hosting service
Managed hosting service
Colocation web hosting service
Cloud hosting
Clustered hosting
Grid hosting
Home server
File hosting service
Image hosting service
Video hosting service
Blog hosting service
Paste bin
Shopping cart software
E-mail hosting service

Shared web hosting service

Shared web hosting service
One server with many sites hosted
Sharing RAM and CPU
Limited in software updates
Strict terms of service

Reseller web hosting

Reseller web hosting
Clients can become web hosts themselves
Works on shared hosting model
Main host responsible for server management

Virtual Dedicated Server

Virtual Dedicated Server
Physical single server divided into multiple virtual servers
Resource allocation based on VPS containers
Root access to virtual space
Unmanaged (patching, VPS maintenance responsibility on the client) and managed (by main host)

Dedicated hosting service

Dedicated hosting service
Full control of the entire web server by the client
Root access for Linux/administrator access for Windows
Server ownership not allowed
Unmanaged servers are cheap in pricing
Security and management is the responsibility of the client (unmanaged)

Managed hosting service

Managed hosting service
Full resources of dedicated server but no root access
Access to files through FTP or other remote management tools
Server leased to client

Colocation web hosting service

Colocation web hosting service
Client owns the server; leases space in a data center
Expensive, usually good for large commercial businesses
Higher costs; client has to hire server administrator for hardware upgrades or changes
Datacenter responsible for internet, storage and electricity
Modern datacenters require rackmount configurations instead of minitowers

Cloud hosting

Cloud hosting
Scalable hosting, clustered load-balanced servers, utility billing
Charge users only for resources consumed by the user, no flat fee
Decentralization of user data: privacy and data security may be a concern

Clustered hosting

Clustered hosting
Multiple servers for hosting the same website; high-availability dedicated hosting
Scalable with the ability to separate database hosting from http, email
Solution to host large number of websites by hosting service providers

Grid hosting

Grid hosting
Clusters of servers act like nodes
Complex solution for large scale application hosting

Home server

Home server
Operated from private residence through broadband internet connection
Most ISPs do not allow it
Client must know about static IP addresses and dynamic DNS service

File hosting service

File hosting service
Hosting of files (word, PDF etc.), not website (html, php)
Piracy issues (uploading of copyrighted media) is a concern

Image hosting service

Image hosting service
Upload facility for images; good for sites that provide image hosting (imgur etc.)

Video hosting service

Video hosting service
Online video platform, easy upload of video content
Saves bandwidth costs
No programming knowledge required. Easy upload of large video content

Blog hosting service

Blog hosting service
Web hosts focus on Wordpress platform
Fully managed CMS, clients can focus on content

Paste bin

Past bin
Storage of plain text, e.g. to source code snippets for code review via Internet Relay Chat

Shopping cart software

Shopping cart software
Quick setup of ecommerce shops (online stores)
Card processing, managed hosting, PCI compliance

E-mail hosting service

Email hosting service
For websites that need to send mass emails to thousands of subscribers
Email redundancy; email is up; even when the main website goes down

Host Management

Host Management
Control panel for managing web hosting account (cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk, H-Sphere)
Web server (e.g. Apache, Nginx, IIS), DNS Server, Mail server and spam filter, FTP server, Database, File manager, System monitor, Web log analysis software, Firewall

Security

Security
Web hosts are responsible for data security
Protection from malware or malicious code, Distributed Denial of Service Attack (DDoS) or spamming

Uptime

Uptime
Website reliability and uptime is important
99.99% uptime guarantee, and Service Level Agreement (SLA)

Account Features

A web hosting account comes in with a lot of features. Here's a list of primary features that every basic hosting account comes with.

Web Hosting Account Features
Disk Space (HDD, SSD)
Bandwidth (Data Transfer per Month)
Email (POP3, Forwarding, Aliases, SMTP)
FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
SSH/Telnet
Control Panel (cPanel, Webmin, Ajenti, Sentora, CentOS Web Panel, Kloxo-MR, ISPConfig, Froxlor)
Website Builders (WordPress, Wix, Shopify, BoldGrid, Weebly, Squarespace, iPage Website Builder, GoDaddy Website Builder)
Blog Software (WordPress, Ghost, Jekyll, Shopify, AdSense, LiveJournal, b2evolution, Movable Type, Windows Live Writer)
Shopping Carts (Magento, OpenCart, osCommerce, PrestaShop, Spree Commerce, WooCommerce)
MySQL, PHP, ASP
Uptime Guarantee

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