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1. What is web hosting?
Web hosting refers to a service wherein a server makes your website easily available to all your users by serving it up to the world wide web in the most efficient manner possible. The web hosting service provider offers you web space on its high powered server depending upon the amount of resources your website needs to run efficiently and store all the web logs. A hosting plan usually includes certain amount of web space, allotted bandwidth and email services to allow your clients to get in touch with you.
2. What is the difference between a domain name and a website?
Devices in a network communicate using IP addresses to contact each other, much like you use a phone number to reach someone’s phone. Domain names are like entries in a phone directory that tells people how to reach a business website. It is the name by which a business creates its online presence.
A website is a collection of web pages that lie under a domain name. A web page is what you land on after typing in a web address, clicking on a link or putting a query in a search engine. A web page consists of information that can include text, graphics, audios and videos.
What you are seeing here is a web page. All web pages make a website, Hosting Reviewed. The name we use for our online presence is www.hostingreviewed.com; this is our domain name.
3. Which are the main web hosting plans available today?
Hosting plans available today, can be broadly categorized into five types: Shared, Dedicated, VPS, Reseller and Cloud. There are two types of OS that a host offers on his server - Windows and Linux.
4. Why is there such a huge difference in the prices and plans offered by web hosting companies?
Each web hosting plan comes with different features to offer in terms of web space, bandwidth, customer service, etc. The more resources your website needs to run efficiently, the more web space is allotted to you on a web server; and the more you pay for the hosting plan.
5. How much disk space do I need for my website?
An average business website does not take up more than 1GB disk space to store all the web logs. The larger the website, the longer they would take to load.
6. How is Shared Hosting different from Dedicated Server Hosting?
In a Shared Web Hosting plan, a website gets hosted on a server that is shared by other websites. It is the most affordable web hosting service available because the cost of the hardware, maintenance and the Internet are shared by more than one person.
In Dedicated Server Hosting plan, a business rents an entire server to host its business website. All the resources of the server are utilized to run only one website and no resource is shared with another. It gives a business more control compared to any other hosting plan in terms of choosing the hardware, software, OS and other applications to install on the server.