When the issue of the Internet and sites in it is raised, we can hear such words as a hosting provider , a hoster, a hosting service that can be physical or virtual.
The word hosting has immigrated to us from the UK. In their language, it is spelled “host”, which, translated into our native language, sounds like the owner of something, the main device, the main computer. But the most accurate translation is the “inn keeper”. Let’s tell because of what. After all, your website is hosted on the server of any hosting provider, along with a large number of websites of other users.
What is hosting for?
Let’s say you have developed your own website using your own home PC. And placing it on the Internet, so that everyone had the opportunity to go on it, became a problem. It is possible to view your site on the Internet directly from your computer. But the first problem is uninterrupted power, that is, your PC must be constantly turned on. The second is uninterrupted Internet, which is difficult to do at home. And finally, the third, the speed with which the connection to the Internet occurs, must be great, because more than one person will go in. You will also need to install additional software on your computer.
It is costly and problematic to place a site on the Internet using your personal computer. You can get rid of all the problems by using a simple method – hosting.
Small and medium-sized companies may not install a separate server, use the popular virtual server service. What is it? Nothing more than providing a hosting company with a server to use a large number of users. This service is referred to asvirtual server hosting.
As for more companies , virtual servers may have few opportunities provided by a virtual server or there is no possibility to install software that is necessary for work. Also a problem may be a lack of disk space. In such cases, many companies will offer you the services of a physical server .
Under the service of a physical server, a hosting company means that it places your server in the data center of the hosting provider, and also connects it to the global network and provides maintenance. Physical hosting differs from virtual hosting in this way:
- there are no restrictions on technologies and software that can be used;
- All technical resources apply only to your site.