If you run a small or medium business or plan to set up a business online, you are going to need a computer permanently connected to the web so you can send email, files, etc. to other sites and to your customers. You need hosting! The scope of hosting services varies widely. A customer needs to evaluate the requirements of an application to choose what kind of hosting to use.
A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their own website accessible via the World Wide Web. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server they own or lease for use by their clients as well as providing Internet connectivity, typically in a data center. Web hosts can also provide data center space and connectivity to the Internet for servers they do not own to be located in their data center, called colocation.
Managed Hosting solutions give you the flexibility to focus on your business while someone else manages your servers. You manage and control your own data via FTP or other remote management tools. The user is disallowed full control so that the provider can guarantee quality of service by not allowing the user to modify the server or potentially create configuration problems. The user typically does not own the server. The server is leased to the client.
Most importantly, if you are concerned about the safety and security of your data, the buzzword is COLOCATION: Your server hardware is stored in a secure, climate-controlled environment. This alternative is similar to the dedicated web hosting service, but the user owns the colo server; the hosting company provides physical space that the server takes up and takes care of the server.
Now that you know more about hosting, make it a point to investigate and make hosting an integral part of your business plan!
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