To put it simply, web hosting is a service that facilitates the online publication of websites and web pages for both businesses and individuals. If you want your website or webpage to be accessible via the Internet, you’ll need the services of a web host, often known as a web hosting service provider. Servers are specialised computers that store and host websites online.
Users of the Internet can quickly and easily access your site by entering your domain name into their browser. After then, their machine will connect to your server and they’ll be able to view your webpages on their browser.
In order to host with the majority of web hosts, you will need to be the owner of the domain name. Web hosts typically offer assistance in acquiring a domain name if you need one.
Included in most web hosting packages but not limited to are:
Storage Space on a Disk
The disc space available for your use is a feature shared by all web hosting plans. The amount of storage space required for things like emails, website files, databases, etc. are all things you should have rough estimates for. You can better determine how much room you need by categorising your activities.
TRANSMISSION SPEED or BANDWIDTHS
Web hosts sometimes conflate bandwidth with data transfer. However, they do vary from one another.
What is meant by “bandwidth” here? Simply put, it’s the maximum quantity of data that can be transmitted simultaneously.
When we talk about data transmission, we’re talking about the actual amount of information passing through.
Consider it in this light. If data transfer rates were highway lanes, then wider lanes would mean more automobiles could travel through. The number of cars allowed to use the tunnel over a specified time period, say one month, would then be the information exchanged.
The slower your website loads, regardless of the visitor’s connection speed, the less bandwidth you have available. People who want to see the exhibit will have to queue up. If you have a limited quantity of data transfer, your website may become inaccessible before it has a chance to load since you have already used up your allotted quota.
The size of your website and the amount of monthly visits will be the primary factors in establishing what is adequate.
If you are hosting a domain, you will likely have access to email accounts as part of your web hosting package. POP (Post Office Protocol), Forwarding (SMTP), and Aliases (Email Addresses) are the three most common forms of email accounts.
Traditional email accounts are known as POP3 accounts. Aside from the fact that you can use an email client to access the messages you’ve stored on the server, you also have storage space on the server for them. Typically, one account is represented by a single set of login credentials.
Using a mail forwarding account is helpful if you are having another business handle your email filtering needs. Your email is forwarded to another address rather than being stored on your mail server.
When you set up an alias, it functions similarly to a mail forwarding account. It is common practise to utilise a catch-all alias, which is supported by some hosts, to receive messages sent to addresses that are not recognised by your mail server.
CONNECTIVITY TO THE FTP SERVER
Web page files developed on a local computer should be uploaded to a server once completion is confirmed. FTP is used to upload the data to the server.
As a backup measure, you can use FTP to retrieve your website’s data from the server and save them locally on your computer.