What is Web Server & Web Hosting Service? Types of Web Hosting
What is Web Server?
Mainly a web server is a sort of software which helps to view a website using the hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP). It is hardware i.e. the computer or a software i.e. the application delivering the internet accessed content. Many people think that it is a special computer as many computers are made as web servers keeping in mind to host website. In other way it is software which is installed to your PC.
Mostly web servers are used for hosting websites but for running business applications. Its main part is to deliver web pages as it gets the requests from the users. The users send its request using the HTTP and the server replies it with the content and if it is unavailable it gives an error message. The crucial function is to serve the content by implementing of HTTP and to receive the content from the users. There are many web servers supporting server side scripting like PHP and Apache.
The IT infrastructure management firms and other server support companies are also offering web server services to the users. The web servers are actually not always used to serve the World Wide Web. They are also used as an implanted part in devices such as routers, webcams, printers etc. Now the user can use it for monitoring purposes.
The web server has some defined load limits and a certain number of client’s connections and a definite number of requests can be served. It depends on the settings, HTTP request type, content, limitations of OS of the hardware and software. There are various benefits of it within the development environment such as the local website appears to be like a live site, server scripting languages can also be used such as PHP and others, coding can be standardized, it can easily be understand how it works in the environment, the user will easily understand about the request or any issue.
There are many good features of the web browser like: Creating more than one website and no need to make set of pages.
You can configure the log file settings. You can create an FTP site to transfer and share data.
Creation of virtual directories. Configuring customized error pages.
According to the use the user should judge about what type of web hosting service he can use. Many types can be considered. Most of the providers offer the Linux based hosting offering different types of software. Web hosting services many times have a Web Content Management System and it helps the user not to worry about the technical concepts in depth.
Web Hosting Service:
A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that provides individuals, organizations and users with online systems for storing information, images, video, or other content accessible via the World Wide Web. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server they own 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.
Types of Web hosting:
Free Web Hosting: A free web hosting service is a web hosting service that is free, usually advertisement-supported and of limited functionality. Free web hosts will either provide a subdomain (yourname.example.com) (e.g. 50megs, Byethost, Netfirms) or a directory (www.example.com/~yourname) (e.g. GeoCities). In contrast, paid web hosts will usually provide a Second-level domain along with the hosting (www.yourname.com). Some free hosts do allow use of separately-purchased domains. Rarely, a free host may also operate as a domain name registrar, but their registry services are usually more expensive than others.
A few free web hosts have a basic package for free (e.g. Freewebs), and enhanced packages (with more features) for a cost. This allows users to try the service for an initial trial (see how it performs compared to other hosts), and then upgrade when (and if) needed.
Shared Hosting: A shared web hosting service or virtual hosting service is a form of web hosting service where more than one instance of the same web service is hosted on a single physical server. This is generally the most economical option for hosting as many people share the overall cost of server maintenance.
Reseller Hosting: Reseller hosting is a form of web hosting wherein the account owner may split up their allotted hard drive space and bandwidth and resell web hosting. Typically, resellers are web consultants including web designers, web developers, or system Integration Company who resell the web hosting as an add-on service to complement their other range of services. Commonly, resellers can receive 50 percent or more discount on the price of a reseller hosting account from the web hosting provider. Resellers are also allowed to decide their own pricing structure and even establish their own branding. In other words, a reseller can set up its web hosting company on the Internet and start selling web hosting plans under its own brand name.
Reseller hosting generally requires little knowledge of web hosting services in order to get started. Reseller hosts are generally not responsible for maintaining web server services or other maintenance related tasks. To the reseller’s customers, the reseller is the “web hosting provider.” In cases when technical problems such as server down and access problem arise, this job is held by the owner of the dedicated server in which the reseller host is hosted.