With your own webspace, websites or private cloud storage can be set up – if you know how hosting companies work and what you need.
Of course, you can also operate a website without your own webspace, for example via service providers such as DMTwebhsoting.com – but it always remains a very limited solution. If you want to know exactly what web hosts do and how it works, you will find all the basics here.
How does web hosting work?
- Rent entire computers?
- The most important services
- Other optional services
- What do I need for what purpose?
- How do I use my webspace?
How does web hosting work?
Web hosting in Lahore is about getting your own “place on the Internet”. To do this, you need access to a computer that can always be reached via the same address via the Internet. And such servers are offered for rent by the web hosts, the providers. Services and storage space can then be used on the servers. So much for the somewhat simplified, abstract explanation. In practice, you usually don’t rent an entire computer in a data centre, just a certain amount of storage space (web space) and various services. These services usually include web servers, e-mail and FTP (File Transfer Protocol) even in the smallest leases. And very important: a domain. Computers on the Internet can be reached via IP addresses of the type 192.168.1.1, as you know them from the home network. In order for such an address to be accessible via a name, such as www.dmtwebhosting.com, a domain must be registered and registered with the Domain Name System (DNS).
And this is exactly where the difference to your home computer lies: It always gets a different IP address from the DSL provider. The computer can also be addressed at home with a fixed domain name via dynamic DNS (DDNS): Whenever you are assigned a new IP by the provider, your computer or router reports to the DDNS provider and updates the link between IP and domain. Why is that important? Quite simply: You can use a NAS (Network Attached Storage) for website and cloud storage, for example – you no longer need web hosting. However, this is less reliable, the website is only as fast as your DSL upload bandwidth, the device must always be running and there are of course also security concerns.
Rent entire computers?
Real rented web space has a number of advantages. The first question now is what you can rent. And here the bandwidth ranges from service and storage space to virtual servers and real complete computers. For private individuals, smaller projects and, above all, any newcomer to web hosting, completely real and virtualized computers are completely oversized.
On real (dedicated servers) and virtual servers you can take everything in hand, but you also have to set up and maintain web servers, e-mail and so on – it is also a lot of effort and expense. Only the normal offers from storage space and services are interesting.
The most important services
The basis is always a web server, otherwise, no websites could be published. If you want a dynamic website, for example, a blog with WordPress or an online shop with osCommerce, there are often two options: Systems designed for beginners usually offer the option of simply activating a “web application” like WordPress with a click. If so, it is guaranteed to be on offer. If not, you need two things: a (MySQL) database and support for the PHP scripting language. With the PHP, web and database server equipment, you can already operate a large part of all web applications. And considering the prices, you shouldn’t do without these features. Even if you don’t need them yet, because moving later is often extremely time-consuming.
Other optional services
You could have written entire books on web hosting, but the most important keywords and additional services that you should pay attention to can be dealt with very quickly.
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