Starting a business online, or making your website to support your physical store is a significant new step, which will introduce you to many new terminology, technology, and concepts.
New things are hard to grab initially.
However, once you gain the knowledge, understand the basics, and technological and website related jargons get explained to you, you may start rolling your online business gradually based on the e-commerce terms, website design and development concepts, etc, which are compulsory to grab in this field to move ahead.
Learning new terms and jargons in the path of website building
Building a website has certain stages which start from website design, and then involves many steps like choosing a host and hosting plan, getting the domain name, choosing marketing and SEO experts and solutions for the site, and then continuing the essential services religiously for better branding, business, and revenue generation.
And in the whole process, many new things will come your way. Web hosting also is such a thing, which you may not have an idea about other than just listening to the term ‘web host.
Hence a good idea of hosting plans and types will tell you what to go for in case you are starting your e-commerce site with lots of plans.
What is Web Hosting?
A web host is a service provider, who provides you the virtual digital space on their server computer storage, so that you may store the files and database of your website there, and show the website in the complete form with all web pages and elements through the internet, using their hosting services.
For the stored files on the host’s server to show up at your website under the virtual address depicted as the domain name, the web host must supply you with a bandwidth which relates to the speed of loading of the website, and a hosting plan which relates to how much space you get in the hosting server to store the site’s files and folders.
Shared Web Hosting
This is the most popular type of hosting which website owners go for initially at the beginning days of the site.
If you have done limited research, or if you are in a limited budget for the time, and plan to host the website, which doesn’t expect huge traffic in the initial days, then this kind of hosting is perfect.
It saves money, is economical, and you may use a reputed popular and reliable host at a low cost. The secret behind the low costing of shared hosting is in its name.
It’s all shared. You share the server of this host with hundreds or thousands of other websites of mixed sizes and types.
Reseller hosting is a perfect solution for one who wants to become a small web host.
The concept is simple. You rent a space from a prominent web host, and then you do your own web hosting business by re-renting that space to others, while your customers get all the tools and tech support, etc from your web host.
You are saved here from taking the customer support and tool providing hassle. You just rent it and rent out, and there you make money.
Reseller hosting also is economical, and an excellent option for money making minds who want to start small in the web hosting business.
However, a reseller hosting is of no use to you if you plan to host your website.
A cloud hosting service gives you more independence.
The primary storage lies in a super server in the cloud, which can be enhanced with time and requirement. And individuals can get their hosting from this cloud server.
When many individual servers take their storage from this cloud storage, then the cloud hosting looks like one big giant entity. Websites which are continually growing, or looks promising to grow soon and enormously need not spend time and money on shared hosting for a long time.
They may soon shift to cloud hosting, or start fresh from the beginning with a cloud host. Hosting packages for cloud hosting is naturally higher than shared ones, but more secure and offers you total control and freedom.
VPN (Virtual Private Server)
This is a big server, which can be rented to use it as you like.
Parts of the server are rented by website owners, big and small web hosts, and then it can be used for website hosting, shared or reseller hosting and anything.
This is like owning your server which is located remotely. Naturally, the costing for this kind of hosting is high.
This is your server, which you may rent or own.
You may either rent it from a giant web hosting company, and you physically use the server dedicatedly for your high profile growing website and business. Otherwise, you may completely own your server too.
Colocation Web Hosting
This is about renting a space and server allocation space and rack at a data center, where you bring in your server hardware, and share the data center internet connection to host your website or run the server.
Hardware, maintenance, repairs, all are your responsibility here, and you only pay for the internet and space.
When you take the full responsibility and buy your machine, server, data center space and all, and take the responsibility to install, maintain, and run all and service on your own through a dedicated team, then it’s self-service hosting.
Managed WordPress Hosting
This form of hosting is getting popular fast. Here the hosting serves take responsibility for the WordPress installation on their space and then maintaining and updating
WordPress for the website. This is done while keeping in mind that you would like to use WordPress as the CMS of the website, it is the most versatile and popular choice in CMS.
With this you will also have to find out, what is SEO, what is online marketing, what is branding, what are archetypes, how to use the social media for branding and marketing, and many such things for the site to run successfully and bring your business.
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