Web Hosting FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
We try to cover all the frequently asked questions we have come across in this Web Hosting FAQ. Do comment if you have other inquiries.
What is Web Hosting?
Web Hosting is a term which refers to Servers (Computers), which are connected to the Internet with high speed data cables. The purpose is to serve web pages to users all around the world.
Can we host our websites on our home computer?
Yes you can, but it would be incredibly slow and not practical at all. The reason is because web hosting companies invest heavily on fast computer systems and above all, they pay for expensive data connection (Bandwidth) to the World Wide Web.
What is hosting Bandwidth?
Bandwidth is the amount of data consumed whenever you go online. You use bandwidth when you surf the internet, download music or watch movies. Similarly, internet connection may come with a bandwidth limit as set by your Internet Service Provider. Usually this is about 2 GB +- a month. A Hosting Company’s Bandwidth can be around 10 TB.
What is Web hosting Control Panel?
Web Hosting Control Panel is a software installed in web servers for the purpose of allowing hosting account holders, control over their account. cPanel is an example of such a software.
Can I switch hosting companies?
Yes you can. Switching web hosts usually means transferring all your website’s files and also the domain name over. The new web hosting company (the one you are going to switch to) will usually handle all these things. If they are not willing to do it, find another host.
Which hosting is best for small businesses?
The cheapest web host. Reason is because this is most probably the first time you are doing this and not sure what exactly you need. Start with the cheapest and if you find that they cannot meet your requirements, upgrade or move to another one.
By now you roughly know what you need but you still may not be technically competent to handle it. In this case going with a Managed Web Host would be the best bet. Tell them what you need and they will take care of the rest.
Which country is the best to host in?
If you are doing business internationally, certainly the best place to host would be in United States.
What are the additional services that come with Hosting?
Most web hosts come with the following:
- Email Hosting
- Secure Certificate (SSL)
- CGI Scripts
- PHP Scripts
- MySQL and PHP Database
- Web Application Installers
And more… All this can be accessed through your Control Panel.
What is web hosting Reseller business?
Most hosting companies offer an account which can host multiple websites. You can make some extra cash by reselling web hosting accounts to others.