For beginners who don’t know much about the tech world and website hosting, let’s say it easily. Every person (who has a website) needs to “host” his website online using a “website hosting” service to be able to reach the online visitors. To understand it better, let’s consider one simple example.
Suppose you are the CEO of a budding start-up who has got a decent amount of success in the local market. But now you have a much bigger dream and want to extend your market to a more broad audience. So, What’s the best method to reach a lot of people easily? The INTERNET of course!
The way the internet has evolved, nothing is a better marketer than the internet. So after deciding that you want to go online, you contact a web developer who, after spending a lot of time, makes the website of your dreams. So, what now?
At this point, you must host your website with a website hosting service provider to be able to place your site online so that you reach a greater amount of people. Hence, website hosting is nothing much but a service to host your site online.
The web server on which your web hosting service provider will host your website is nothing but a physical computer that interacts and gives and takes info from the users around the world when they enter the name of your website on their browsers. So basically, when someone enters your website address in their browser, your server gets notified and from therein the computer of the client interacts with the website to get all the necessary data to display your site in their laptop/phone/desktop.
Some of the data that is being transferred between the server and the client device are:-
So after successfully transferring all the data to the client’s device, your website will be displayed on their screen. After which, anywhere they click or enter or request data will be handled by the server specifically. And it will respond to each of those requests uniquely. Every click will be considered as a request, and hence every click will be answered differently.
Well, there are many web hosting plans around the world. Every type of business needs a different type of setup hence everyone opts for a different type of service. But let’s short that long list and point out some of the most common methods of website hosting:-
Well, if statistics are considered, then the most reliable method and most utilized method is none other than the cloud hosting method. In this method, the server is not 1 single physical unit like others. It is a collection or a network of multiple servers acting like one. This decreases the risk of failure and increases uptime. One of the most famous advantages of this method is that even if a single server is out or malfunctions, then the others will cope with it. Unlike other systems where a single physical unit is responsible for the whole thing, a minor failure or malfunction can shut the whole server down. In which case, your website will be down and hence you will have to face the losses it will cause.
Pros-Cons are just a part of every system. The actual selection of the web hosting type is dependent on the scale of the users’ business. No single plan is good for every type of business. So, do enough research before you decide to finalize any website hosting service.