what is Web hosting services?


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 Web hosting services 

According to today's topic on web hosting services. We are going to learn about what is web hosting services and how it works, what are the pressure faced by Web hosting company.

Web hosting services provide shared or dedicated hosting of one or more services for their customers. Usually used for hosting websites, a web hosting service can also be used to host company email, files, games and other content. Web hosting services enable companies to subcontract one or more web-based core functions to a hosting provider. This allows the company to focus resources on supporting its customers and growing its business.

In the US, the web-hosting services market’s 2015 revenue was $16 billion, according to IBISWorld’s market research. 

Four types of web hosting services

Web hosting companies range from service providers who offer extensive web management and support to service providers who lease a single private virtual server. Hosting services include:

Managed Hosting - In managed hosting, the service provider owns and operates servers leased to a customer. The provider is responsible for server management, backup services, software maintenance, security, technical support and more. Rackspace is an example of a managed hosting provider.

Cloud Hosting - With cloud hosting, the service provider supplies a private, public or hybrid cloud, and the customer pays for system time and storage. Cloud capacity can be scaled up or down, depending on a customer’s compute needs. Leading cloud hosting providers include Microsoft® and Amazon Web Services®.

Colocation Facilities - A colocation facility hosts a company’s servers and provides an Internet connection, a power supply and a climate-controlled environment. Most colocation facilities are owned and operated by a local provider.

Private Virtual Server - A service provider hosts a customer’s website on its own private virtual server, thereby physically isolating it from the websites of other customers. Managed hosting providers, cloud hosting providers and colocation facilities all offer private virtual servers.

Slow loading speed or recurring downtime

You absolutely expect your website to run fast — and your users do, too. Slow performance steals away your website traffic, SEO rankings, and conversions. Downtime is even worse: during the time your website is unavailable, your business opportunities together with your reputation are melting away. So, poor speed and downtime are pretty big website hosting issues.

The hosting provider is not always the culprit. There are plenty of reasons for poor loading speed (lack of image optimization, heavy CMS plugins, no CSS and JS aggregation, and so on). A good website performance audit could do you a world of good.

However, if everything is optimized on the part of your website, this could possibly be a website hosting issue. It might mean that your provider’s servers cannot give you enough speed and uptime. You may also be using a package that you have outgrown, so it does not have enough resources — consider upgrading if this is the case. Finally, your host may also ignore the importance of the server monitoring service that checks your website’s uptime, so it’s time to choose one who does.

We have shared a post with free uptime monitoring services with you. In addition, our team understands the importance of this issue, so our developer maintains an extension for Drupal websites that checks uptime — the UpTime Widget Drupal module.

Lack of security

You want to keep your website’s data safe and sound. When your hosting provider cannot help it, it’s an issue.

When it comes to hosting types, shared hosting is probably the least secure because it offers the least privacy. Are you on shared hosting while operating a business where security is vital? Consider upgrading to hosting on VPS (virtual private server) or VDS (virtual dedicated server) — choose a provider that offers these options.

VPS and VDS are a step from shared hosting in terms of security, freedom in configuration, and more. The hosted websites use individual resources thanks to the virtualization technology. There is an opinion that the VPS and VDS refer to virtual servers with various types of virtualization: VPS stands for virtualization at the operating system level and VDS on the hardware level. However, both terms appeared and developed in parallel, and mean the same thing: a virtual dedicated server running on the basis of a physical one.

Security also largely depends on other technical aspects — for example, whether your provider does regular backups, so you can restore your website in any situation, whether it offers a private IP address, free SSL certificates for encrypted data exchange, and so on.

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