Individuals can put up their own website on the Web with the help of an Internet Service Provider (ISP), referred to as web hosting. Typically, ISP provides a limited amount of free web hosting space on their server as a package deal.
If the user expects to have a lot of traffic on the website, then it is recommended that dedicated hosting is available. Dedicated hosting involves leasing an entire server offering choices of software, scripting languages and the appropriate hardware needed for the website. Dedicated hosting is preferred for large businesses or clients who not only need professional assistance for their needs, but also are also willing to pay more. No doubt that dedicated hosting is expensive, but the advantages may outweigh the expenses. It provides customized services and eliminates the hassles of worrying about hardware issues and troubleshooting.
A large website requires a technical staff for maintenance. Dedicated hosting companies take care of such needs by having on-site experts. Before choosing a dedicated hosting company, it is suggested to consider what is offered in terms of hardware, as well as software. The primary consideration is uptime including servers, power backup, type of OS [operating system] and the control panel, that is used to access controls to the website. Uptime is the duration of time for which the website is up and running. It is normally expressed in percentage. Users also prefer high levels of security and speed from their dedicated hosting provider. It is not necessary that the OS on the client? S computer be same as that of the dedicated server. Most providers use Linux.
An alternative to dedicated hosting provider is a co-location. Clients need to have their own server, but the service providers provide a location along with an Internet connection.