If you want to start your website, firstly, you will need a web hosting provider, considering that you have a web domain. The web hosting company provides the server or webspace, services, and technologies so that viewers can view your site on the internet. There are also add-on services like backup, email services, firewall protection, etc., provided by the service providers. You can purchase your web hosting and domain from any of the various providers.
Steps and Considerations in Hosting A Website
There are some steps and important considerations while hosting a website.
Choosing A Suitable Type of Website
There are two types of websites. These are static and dynamic websites. A static site is simple; it has one or even more web pages (known as HTML pages). If you want to make changes to the site, you need to edit the web pages on your computer. Then you have to upload these again.
However, the information in a dynamic website changes according to the time of the day, viewers, and many other factors. Dynamic sites are CMS-driven; you can directly edit and add content like design, text, videos, photos, etc., and let the visitors begin discussions and leave comments.
Choosing The Hosting Server
You can host static HTML sites on most web servers. But when it’s about web applications, there are mainly two hosting platforms: Linux hosting and Windows hosting. Linux hosting allows you to run scripts written in Perl, PHP, Python, etc.
It usually supports MySQL and PostgreSQL databases. This hosting is very common. However, Windows hosting allows you to run ASP scripts using Microsoft technologies like. NET. It supports Access database and Microsoft SQL Server.
Selecting A Suitable Web Hosting Plan
There are many web hosting plans. Shared hosting is very affordable; you can share a physical server with other site owners. You will get a full server in dedicated hosting, but this hosting is more expensive.
However, cloud hosting is a suitable plan for large websites; it allows many virtual servers. There’s also VPS hosting; it stores every site on a powerful server divided into many virtual components. A beginner should start with shared or VPS hosting.
Changing DNS Address
After buying your web hosting, you will have name servers or domain name servers (DNS). You have to change your domain’s name servers so that your site is up and working.
Uploading The Website
Now you can upload your site to your account. You have to connect to the server from cPanel’s ‘File Manager’ or from FTP Client.
In internet hosting, knowing the details of hosting a website is very important for running your own website.