What is Web Hosting:
After developing a website, you have to host it (upload), so that it will be available on the Internet for you and your target audience. You can host the website yourself or take the services of a Web Hosting Service Provider. Hosting the website yourself requires skills needed to configuring a web server, patch management, firewalls, virus protection, etc.. However, it is always advisable to find a good hosting company that could host the website for you, as using their services is beneficial in many ways. A professional hosting company could host the website, as well as provide you various other services, such as the following:
Around the clock or as agreed website maintenance service (in today’s business environment businesses ill afford website downtime, as along with the non-availability of the website your e-commerce, and emails also stop, which means a complete stoppage of work).
Access to “File Transfer Protocol – FTP,” (After creating text for the website you have to transfer that to the server by using FTP).
Limited or unlimited email accounts, with your name and company extension, i.e., yourName@yourDomain.com/Net/Org
Access to “Control Panel,” which allows you to manage contents of your website.
Access to the database management system, such as MySQL or MS SQL.
Access to Server Application software such as ColdFusion, SQL Server, or PHP, etc.
Web Hosting Platform:
Before you assign the web-hosting job to the service provider, you have to decide upon the operating platform the site should support, i.e., Windows, Linux or Live Streaming:
You have to use Windows hosting platform if your site has demand for applications like ASP, .NET, VB Script, Access, FrontPage, Microsoft SQL, Windows Streaming Media, etc.
Use Linux platform if your site demand for PHP, Perl or MySQL database.
Live Stream hosting permits your website to broadcast, live events or pre-recorded videos on your website to allow your online global audience to watch.
Please discuss thoroughly on the strategic purpose of your website and the applications that you intend to use, as with this information your service provider would be able to suggest you which platform to use. Using the right operating platform allows you to run your applications smoothly and with no glitches that have to be removed by an IT professional only.