Web hosting, Domains, Website, Blog, Forums are often quite cloudy to the new users. In this article we have written about them in plain English. The question might come to the newbies why you need to know about them. The answers are we need Web hosting, Domains, Website, Blog, Forums to make money, to feature or market a product or service or to increase connectivity for sharing the knowledge. The major usage of Web hosting is for commercial usage – i.e. to make money. In order to make money, one need to know the basics of Web hosting, Domains, Website, Blog, Forums.
Web hosting is a service that provides users of Internet systems to store information, images, video, or any content accessible via the web. It is an analogy of hotel accommodations or rooms where one occupies a specific place, in this case the analogy web hosting, web hosting refers to place a web page, web site resides. In internet specifically a server usually hosts multiple applications or web pages. The companies that provide space on a server to its clients are often called web host.
Types of Web hosting
Shared Hosting : In this type of web hosting service clients of various sites use one server. This kind of web hosting is a very good small web sites, is an economic service due to cost reduction and that sharing a server. You can read our previously published article on shared web hosting.
Virtual Dedicated web hosting (VPS, Virtual Private Server) : One physical server is shared with only few users, each ‘partition’ acts as if a single Dedicated web hosting system by using Virtualization Technology. You can read our previously published article on Virtual Private Server web hosting.
Dedicated web hosting : One physical server for one user. You can read our previously published article on Dedicated Server web hosting.
Server co location : The server is bought by you, you need to pay for the data center cost, bandwidth etc.
All of the above mentioned Web hosting types above are of typical conventional Web hosting. Now the Cloud Web hosting has entered. Cloud Web hosting has the biggest advantage that they are priced on pay as you go model along with almost 100% uptime, increase or decrease RAM as per need etc.
Obviously you will need to purchase a domain to use the Web hosting and create your website. You can read this article about the Domains. We suggest to go for a .COM domain over the others.
WordPress is a Open Source (free) Content Publishing software that can be used for creating a Blog or a commercial portal. WordPress is the best platform for any case.
If a single webpage is required, a plain HTML webpage might be enough. HTML webpage can also be used for creating the landing pages and squeeze pages. This is an example of squeeze page of this website on Cloud Computing. Also, you can test drive WordPress by installing on your Windows 7 PC without any Web hosting services.
Do not start with a Forum. Forum is another name of squeezing traffic with marginal income – Web hosting cost will increase. So ideally a forum is good as a traffic supplying element for a commercial website or a blog. You can read about different open source (free) forum softwares here.
How to install WordPress on any Web hosting service’s server
Except few Cloud Hosting Services, most uses cPanel, you can read this article on how to install WordPress. For Rackspace Cloud sites read this.
How much cost is involved with Web hosting and Domains
.COM domains cost an yearly fee about $ 10. Now about Web hosting. It depends on the plan. It can be $ 3 / month to $ 2000+ /month.
Our recommendation on Web hosting
We will recommend to use any good web host’s shared Plan to start with (from $3 / month). Our recommended Web hosting brand is The Rackspace Cloud’s Cloud Sites.
Other than that, we are launching a complete WordPress Web hosting plans soon. We are saying it Studio Script Relax Plans. Users need not to have any knowledge of Web hosting or WordPress. You can have a look here.
Good article for beginners who want to build a own website