After a website has been developed the next step is to obtain Web page hosting. A host will provide you with a website address that will identify your website and give it a place on the Web. This step in the creation of a site is of prior importance, since a website that has no Web hosting will not appear on the Web and consequently will not fulfill the function for which it has been designed. There are different types of Web hosting according to the necessities of clients and the function of websites. It is important that you do some research in order to decide on which Web host you should hire according to the aim of your site and its functionalities.
Web page hosting is adequate for a homepage, but it may be insufficient in the case of some pages which are more complex. If the website is made up of Dynamic Web pages, it will need to obtain a fully comprehensive package that includes a computer system providing the facilities to install scripts for applications and specific functionalities. PHP, Java and ASP.NET are examples of computer programming languages frequently used on the Internet for those websites that include Dynamic Web pages. Although not all hosts offer this kind of service, it is possible to obtain a Web hosting that specializes in certain services such as e-commerce and that can provide your website with the tools necessary to use computer languages such as the ones mentioned above.
Although most Internet service Providers (ISPs) charge fees in order to provide hosting, it is possible to obtain hosting for free. Free of charge Web hosting is usually supported by sponsors who include their logo or advertisements somewhere on the site they support. One of the disadvantages of obtaining a Web hosting for free is that in most cases advertisements of the sponsors appear constantly and make it difficult for visitors to read the website without interruptions that hinder the reading of the information displayed on the screen. Free Web hosting has some limitations that you must take into account when choosing this type of hosting. Some types of files are not allowed in free Web hosting –mp3, mpeg and zip, for instance. Another limitation is that some free Web hosts do not allow links to other sites.
Another type of Web hosting service is Shared Web hosting; it is a service that offers a space in a server that is shared by several different domains. Economically, this is one of the most convenient types of Web hosting, since many different clients share the cost of service maintenance. Websites sharing the same server may be connected because of having the same information, or may be not connected at all.
There is another type of Web hosting called Reseller Web hosting, which is designed for people who sell the hosting service to other people. In general this service also includes Web development and graphic design services, which means that clients get a package that includes all aspects of design and do not have to worry about hiring different professionals for each stage of the design process.
Dedicated hosting service is a Web hosting service in which the client hires or buys a server and has complete control and responsibility over it, which means that there is only one client in charge of managing the whole server. The main advantage of this type of hosting is that it is very flexible and allows the client to administrate the server freely.
Colocation is another type of Web hosting. Clients hiring this type of service own a server but hire a space where they can place it. Although the server belongs to the client, it is placed in a physical space that belongs to a Web hosting company. This company provides the server with energy and connection to the Web, but the server is chosen by the user.
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