Web Hosting

Finding an affordable Web hosting service

The purpose of a Web hosting service is to give individuals, businesses and organizations the freedom to create and post their own websites on the Internet. Website hosting companies provide their clients with space on their server for a site, and sometimes provide Web connectivity services, too, through a data center.

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The kinds of Web hosting services available to the public vary widely. Simple Web pages typically involve only small-scale file hosting, in which a client is allowed to upload files via an FTP (file transfer protocol) service or some other kind of Web interface. Some Internet service providers, or ISPs, will provide this affordable Web hosting to their customers without additional fees, but it depends on the ISP.

If this is not the case, there are many companies that offer cheap Web hosting or even free Web hosting for small business or personal users, with sponsors providing mandatory advertisements to make up the cost. Since most medium and large businesses require more elaborate websites with customized functions, their Web hosting costs can be much higher. However, the kind of Internet marketing a company website provides can be invaluable.

What to Look for in a Web Hosting Provider

So, what should you look for when shopping for a great Web hosting service? Well, one feature you'll need is intrusion protection, which will prevent unwanted guests from being able to make changes to the site or its settings. The best Web hosting services provide on-demand intrusion protection, meaning a client will be alerted immediately if someone has attempted to invade their domain. This is critical in defending the many important files and records a business might store on its website.

Reliable Web hosting companies will also offer data recovery services to help keep a client's information safe. While many Web hosts offer managed data backup systems, such as network-attached storage (NAS), additional features might include offsite data storage and complete data archiving. If the data you plan to upload to a website is particularly sensitive or important, then these additional options will also be worth investigating. A really good Web hosting service will provide technicians who will initiate data restoration in the case of lost or corrupted data.