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This section presents relevant information pertaining to web hosting and hosting services. The objective is to help understand the practical aspects of hosting a website or a web application. Please take time to read all articles here. It will enable you to make a better informed decision when choosing a hosting service for your web deployments.

This section was first written in 2014. I have reviewed all old articles and modified them to make them current.




Green Hosting

The concern for the environment has led to the emergence of green hosting. Data centers that provide green hosting infrastructure implement eco-friendly measures to reduce their carbon footprint. Hosting data centers consume a lot of energy. Although green hosting is expensive compared to their non-green equivalent, if you are concerned about the environment, you can look out for companies that provide green hosting services.

Wordpress Hosting

A short guide to WordPress Hosting. Find out if you should build your website on WordPress and how to choose the right hosting service for your WordPress website.

Hosting Mirror

Hosting Mirrors essentially replicate and serve website content from multiple data centers spread across multiple geographic locations with the objective to distribute load and provide a better experience to website visitors by serving them from a mirror in close proximity. This is quite suitable for very popular websites that see millions of visitors per day.

Hosting Cluster

A Hosting Cluster is a group of servers that are connected and set up in a manner so as to appear as a single powerful server. This architecture provides failure protection for any of the individual servers in the group by sharing the workload.

Cloud Hosting

Cloud Hosting is the most popular form of scalable architecture where your hosting resources quickly scale up and down on demand. Companies such as Amazon (AWS), Google and Microsoft (Azure) are the major players in this segment and provide high quality cloud service that are billed as per use.

Co-location Service

Suitable for very large companies, a co-location service allows big companies to host their own servers in a data center in a secure lockable space. Although an expensive deployment it is well suited for large companies who require mission critical servers to be hosted on the web.

Dedicated Server

When you buy a dedicated server hosting, you get to select the type of server hardware, the operating system, and the CPU & RAM capacities as per your need. You get full root access to your server so that you can install whatever software you need to, and carry out all administrative tasks. This type of hosting is suitable for very large websites with huge traffic or for complex web applications where multiple users are simultaneously logged in.

VPS Hosting - Virtual Private Server

If you are considering to buy a VPS hosting and want to have an in-depth understanding about what a VPS is, you have reached the right article. Read fully to learn all about VPS hosting and how it can help host a fairly successful website or a web application that is currently hosted in a shared environment and starving for resources.

What is Virtualization? - Virtual Machines Explained

Get a fair understanding of what virtualization of computers is, how it works and how at an affordable expense, you can take advantage of a virtual machine for your web deployment.

Reseller Hosting

Reseller Hosting is a type of hosting where the hosting company sells bulk space to a reseller who can then split the bulk space into multiple small-sized plans and resell them to end users. This type of hosting is quite suited for website developers who own multiple websites of their own and also sell small hosting spaces.

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is the most popular type of hosting that allows you to host a single website, or multiple websites in a single plan. It is quite suitable for personal websites and business websites of small and medium sizes.

Free Hosting

Some hosting providers provide a starting point for beginners to host their website for free. Such a free host is suitable for students and hobbyists who do not wish to spend money on a professional hosting service. Read the full article to understand what free hosting entails and what are its pros and cons.

What is cPanel & WHM?

What are cPanel and WHM? Learn about the most popular control panel deployed on linux web servers and how they make it easy for you to use your web hosting service.

Types of Web Hosting Services

There are many different types of hosting environments available on the market today. These are broadly classified into four categories: shared hosting, semi- or fully dedicated, scalable cloud, and function-focused. Selecting the right hosting type for your website is an important task and requires some technical knowledge. This article, along-with connecting articles provide an in-depth insight into various types of hosting environments and which one is right for you.

Web Hosting Selection Criteria

Finding it hard to decide which hosting company to go for and which hosting plan to select for your website? This article describes all the important criteria that you must consider when selecting a web host. You will understand how to select the right hosting company and the right hosting plan for your website.

What is Bandwidth in Hosting?

We often hear the term monthly bandwidth when we talk about website hosting. Here I will explain what this term means and how it can affect the functioning of your website.

What is a Web Hosting Service?

You will often hear the term Web Hosting, or simply Hosting. When you contact a hosting company to put your website on the Internet, you will be asked to purchase a domain name & a hosting plan. If these terms are new to you, it can overwhelm you. The objective of this article is to simplify hosting and related terms that you are faced with.

FTP using Win SCP

How to connect to a hosting account via FTP using Win SCP?

FTP using FileZilla

How to connect to a hosting account via FTP using FileZilla?

FTP using Windows Explorer or Web Browser.

How to connect to a hosting account via FTP using windows explorer or any web browser?

Should I use Active or Passive mode for FTP?

Understand what is the difference between an Active FTP connection versus a Passive FTP connection and which connection mode should you use to connect to your hosting server.

Where and how to upload your website files on an Internet server?

Where on your hosting server should you store your website files so that they are visible to the world? How to conveniently transfer the files from your local computer to the internet server? Get an overview.

Hosting an Ecommerce Website - a buyer guide

The hosting requirement for an ecommerce website is far from ordinary. It is necessary to understand what it entails, so that you do not end up compromising your online business by opting for a cheap service.

Hosting a Web Portal - a buyer guide

Popular portals have a very high hit rate and several hundred people visit the website at the same time. This imposes huge load on server resources which shared hosting is not capable of meeting. Read this article to get a quick checklist of points to keep in mind when buying a hosting service for a Web portal.

How to decide between Linux Hosting and Windows Hosting - Which hosting server to opt for?

Linux hosting versus windows hosting - This article will enable you to decide whether you should opt for a Linux hosting server or a Windows hosting server.

Your guide to buying a hosting plan

A quick comparative of suitable hosting plan available from leading hosting players in India. This article will help you chose the right service provider to procure from.


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