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Web Hosting , Real Estate In CyberSpace PDF Print E-mail
As the internet market has grown and assimilated into global culture, becoming an integral part of our daily lives, more and more companies, small businesses, non-profits, and individuals are embracing the web, all desiring their own websites, tailored to their specific needs and interests, and expressing their goals and visions, while targeting specific audiences. Even individuals and companies known for their old-fashioned tenets and inflexible standards, are giving way to new standards in advertising and mass-marketing so easily and readily available on the web.

One of the greatest assets of the web is its ready accessibility from anywhere on the globe by the click of a mouse. All one needs is a computer, handheld device, or such peripheral with an Internet connection, and presto! You are connected to an enormous database of information on everything possible: from real estate and brokerage negotiations, to educational documents, research, and studies, to entertainment, media, and games; to libraries, health resources, and so much more - the list is 'virtually' endless.

Numerous web hosting companies have sprouted all over the globe, each outfitting clients with hundreds of MB of web space and domain names, as well as extra features such as easy to use templates for building websites, numerous mailboxes, large quotas for data transfer (20-60GB per month), marketing strategies, visitor statistical reports such as Urchin, password protection, FTP access, web blogs, audio and video streaming, PERL Debuggers, Message boards, Guestbooks, and hit counters in CGI script, mailing lists and autoresponders, file management and tech support resources, as well as live telephone support, often 24 hours a day. E-commerce sites will want to have additional special features that enable quick and seamless financial transactions, with secure encryption and SSL Digital Certificates, for visitors to their sites wishing to purchase products or services online.

Some web hosting companies such as the award-winning Earthlink Company based in Atlanta, GA in the United States, offer dual platforms, such as Unix and Windows. Considered the most versatile operating system, the Unix system supports freeware and shareware programs and offers maximal security. On the other hand, the Windows system hosts webpages designed in Microsoft Access as well as ASP or Active Server Programs. Depending on the needs of the client, web hosting companies offer a wide variety of services and amenities, with each increase in web space offering a substantial increase in web services accordingly. A general rule of thumb is that the client gets as much as they are willing to pay for.

There are three kinds of web hosting: shared, dedicated, or collocation. Shared web hosting, the least expensive, involves sharing a portion of an existing file server with other companies. Dedicated hosting is more expensive and allows for full control and access to a web server, with absolute control of processing power and storage space. This type of web hosting more than suffices for most businesses and enterprises.

The last but not least kind of web hosting, is collocation, in which the client provides all services such as hardware and software and the only task relegated to the web host is to ensure that the server remains connected to the internet. Collocation is truly for only the "die-hard" techie that has exceeded the generous boundaries of dedicated hosting.

 
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A Guide To Virtual Web Hosting
What is virtual web hosting? When you visit a website, what you are looking at on your web browser is simply a web page that has been downloaded from the virtual web server onto your web browser. A website is usually made up of many web pages. These web pages are made up of texts and graphic images. All of these web pages must be stored on the virtual web servers so that users who are online can visit your website.

If you are planning to own a new website, you will need to host it on a virtual web server. When your website gets placed on the virtual web server, then online users can browse your website on the Internet. Companies that provide the web servers that will host your website are called virtual web hosting providers.

A well-established virtual web hosting provider can easily host up to thousands of websites. Therefore, a virtual web hosting company needs many web servers or computers to store the websites. All of these web servers are linked to the Internet through high speed Internet connection and housed in a data center. There must be a guarantee that all of the web servers are safe, secure and are fully operational at all times. Therefore, a data center is a physically secure 24/7 environment with fire protection, redundant power backup, computer data backup, virus detections, and complete disaster recovery capabilities.


There are four main kinds of virtual web hosting companies available each having different characteristics. They can be organized into the following categories:

1. Shared hosting

In this type of virtual hosting, many websites are sharing space on the same web servers. Depending on what kind of virtual web host it is, a physical web server can host up to a thousand different websites at one time. Since the physical web server is shared by many websites, the virtual web hosting provider can afford to offer low hosing prices. Websites on this shared virtual hosting plan would have to be satisfied to accept slower server response time. These plans normally start at $5 - $20 a month.

2. Dedicated hosting

Dedicated virtual web hosting assigns a certain web server to be used by a single customer. Since a dedicated virtual web server is allocated to only one customer, he/she has the option to host either single or multiple websites, handle greater site traffic, modify the software configuration, and scale the bandwidth if necessary. Dedicated virtual hosting is quite a bit more expensive and starts at $50 a month and can easily range from $200 - $500 a month. This is often used by high traffic and very important websites.

3. Co-location hosting

With virtual dedicated hosting, the web server belongs to the providers and customers only rent the web server. However, in co-location hosting, the client owns the web server hardware. The customer has full control, therefore, over their web server and benefits from the 24/7 server monitoring and maintenance that is provided by the secure data center. Co-location virtual hosting can range from $500 - $1000 a month depending on the rack space that is required and the monthly bandwidth.

4. Reseller hosting

In virtual reseller hosting, a web hosting provider will offer web server storage to a third party at a discount price. The third party then resells the web server storage to their clients. Resellers are usually web consultants who include web developers, web designers, or a system integration company who resells the web hosting as an add-on service to augment their other range of services.