The Planet of Web Hosting

Web hosting is a somewhat technical term defined as a service that lets you allocate web pages of a website on a web server, making it accessible from the Internet and by its users.

Web Hosting

This Web server is connected to the Internet to ensure access to the pages of the site through the web browser of the users, and identifying the content by domain and IP address. The service can be free or paid, typically at higher quality in the latter case.
The provision of Internet connectivity, hosting, co-location, and related services today are a very flourishing sector of the economy, including ICT, in which many national and also large transnational corporations take part.

Free hosting

It is generally offered by the Internet Service Providers (ISP), as a service bonus, in anticipation of a change to the fee.


  • one or more e-mail boxes;
  • a certain amount of web space, often with the obligation of banner advertising.

Among the disadvantages of free hosting, compared to the paid solutions are:

  • the address of the hosted site which is the same, for the most part, as the name of your ISP;
  • low technical performance (often, for example, you can only publish static websites written in HTML);
  • Failure to guarantee the service (with the risk that the site can not be active for a certain period of time);
  • a bandwidth shortage.

Paid Hosting

There is a large product range, depending on what you plan to use the website for. To see what a typical shared host is good for, check out this Fatcow review.

A typical service, for a static site, may include:

  • registration or transfer of a domain name;
  • from one to infinite e-mail addresses, associated to different mailboxes (POP3) or simply one address (alias e-mail);
  • spam or virus filtering;
  • a certain amount of web space;
  • appropriate tools for the management of the pages, such as file manager, portals, FTP, counters, etc..;
  • a proper amount of monthly bandwidth for the traffic generated by the site.

A typical service, to a dynamic web site may include, in addition to the above:

  • support to one or more scripting languages, such as PHP, Python, or ASP;
  • support for an on-line database, such as MySQL or PostgreSQL;
  • services of statistics and analysis of the traffic, such as the free software Webalizer or the more modern Piwik;

The hosting also differs according to the type of space that is made available:

  • a dedicated server (or a web server that hosts a single website);
  • a shared server (hosting a number of sites on the same server).

As for the monthly bandwidth plans, some providers offer unlimited web space. The hosting also differs depending on the platform, the operating system that is installed on the server: Windows or Linux.

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