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A brief explanation of how web hosting works

What is web hosting and how web hosting works? In general, the resources that are allotted to your hosting plan will vary depending on what you choose. It is important to first distinguish between the different hosting plans available so as to choose the most suitable one.

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How does web hosting works?

What is web hosting and how web hosting works? Hosting a website is the process of uploading files from a local computer onto a web server, which acts as a support server for the website. Each website that uses the server is allocated its own set of resources (RAM, hard drive space, and bandwidth).

In general, the resources that are allotted to your hosting plan will vary depending on what you choose. It is important to first distinguish between the different hosting plans available so as to choose the most suitable one. There is no need to get complicated about this. In order to make choosing a web host as simple as possible, let’s use an analogy: Looking for an office space is similar to choosing a web host.

What is the best way for you to select the type of office space that will best fit your business needs? It’s hard to say whether a workstation in an open co-working space is sufficient, or if the next best thing would be to have an office in a business center. Would you like to expand your business quickly or do you expect a lot of people to come and go? Do you think it would be more advantageous to rent an entire building or would you prefer to build your own space?

Aside from choosing an office style, there are other factors to consider.

You should know how easy it is to access the rooms, what kind of facilities they offer (such as whiteboards, high-speed internet, and other amenities), where they are located, and how much they cost. The following factors will help you determine whether a particular type of office is most appropriate for your company’s needs and allow you to make a sound decision. Comparing this selection process to finding the best web hosting for your needs, let’s see how it compares.

Shared hosting

Having a workstation in an open plan, busy, noisy, co-working space or office like this would be comparable to renting a desk. There are all the modern conveniences in the office: a desk, internet connection, a printer, a restroom, and a kitchen. However, it is shared with other co-workers, including the kitchen, printer, and restroom. This means that you are not allowed to make any changes to the space such as installing whiteboards for example. This is a popular choice if you’re just looking to launch a small website and it may not be suitable for launching a large commercial project.

Virtual private server (VPS)

Compared to shared hosting, this is a nice improvement. A business park offers a range of benefits for medium sized companies that are interested in renting an office. VPSs separate the users from one another and make them feel like they are on their own server. While you have neighbors, you are less reliant on them, and you can carry out any changes you wish (customizations), and you can organize your workspace however you wish.

Dedicated server

Renting out an entire office building to one’s company is comparable to hiring a dedicated server for one’s business. In my opinion, this is a more expensive option and is best suited to websites that place a high value on reliability and performance. The advantage of having control over the entire area is that you have the ability to create your own configurations and have plenty of space, however if you are not planning on using it, it’s not worth investing in.

In subsequent articles, I will provide a detailed explanation of how web hosting works on every type of hosting.

Hosting for websites and domains

After you purchase a domain name, the files containing the content for your website (HTML, CSS, images, databases, etc.) will need to be stored in a location connected to the internet – the web server. The people who own the hosting company are responsible for delivering the files of the website once the website’s files have been uploaded on the company’s web server.

There have been several times when we’ve talked about the fact that hosting allows website users to access them through their web browsers, but how exactly does that work? As soon as your web browser accesses your website, the domain name system (DNS) ensures that it connects to the correct computer (server) that stores the documents of your website.

This means that whenever someone types in the address for your website into their browser, their computer connects to the website server that is hosting your website files through the internet.  Essentially, your domain’s IP address (which is stored on the domain name system) is located by this service and it directs the users to the right website. After they have done this, their browser will show all of the information about your website (all the data that makes up your web pages) so that they can browse your web pages at their leisure.

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I am Giovani Rodriguez, a self-taught full-stack developer currently residing in Nuevo Leon, México. I started my journey as a freelancer in this field four years ago. All these years of hard work have rewarded me with quite an expertise in developing business applications and structuring business models that are efficient and applicable.

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