Saturday, February 19, 2011

What's Webhosting?

So I haven't been posting on this blog to much but I plan to do more.
Let me introduce myself and my blog, I am Tina Winterlik, I've been doing Web Design since 2000 and I have learned a lot over the years about what works and what doesn't.

Of the most recent, I maintain about 7 blogs

and I build the websites for clients that require small sites

as well I am promoting myself as a Social Media Super Hero.

Here at Angelz Web Design in Vancouver I like to educate my client. So the easiest way for me is to blog about it.

An Important part of building a Website for someone is educating the client.

If you don't educate your client then they don't understand what they are paying for. This can lead to misunderstandings later on.

Very Important- First you must have a contract clearly defining the goals of the project.

Here I am going to give you the info on webhosting and so this will clear up alot of questions.

What is a Webhost?

Here is great explanation from Wikipedia

A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their own website accessible via the World Wide Web. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server they own or lease 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 or Housing as it is commonly called in Latin America or France.

The scope of hosting services varies widely.

The most basic is web page and small-scale file hosting, where files can be uploaded via
File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or a Web interface. The files are usually delivered to the Web "as is" or with little processing. Many Internet service providers (ISPs)offer this service free to their subscribers. People can also obtain Web page hosting from other, alternative service providers. Personal web site hosting is typically free, advertisement-sponsored, or inexpensive. Business web site hosting often has a higher expense.

Single page hosting is generally sufficient only for personal web pages. A complex site calls for a more comprehensive package that provides database support and application development platforms (e.g. PHP, Java, Ruby on Rails, ColdFusion, and ASP.NET). These facilities allow the customers to write or install scripts for applications like forums and content management. For e-commerce, SSL is also highly recommended.

Here are some examples of Webhosting Companies

To well known ones are
 Go Daddy, Host Papa and one I have used many years ago was Netnation.

Okay, so I hope this helps explain it. Basically when you have someone build your website, they build it on their computer. Then the files need to be transferred to another computer- a server- for security reasons where it is "webhosted."  So they are transferred up into cyberspace so to speak. Basically they are just transferred to a big secured computer that is able to offer access to everyone, thus your website is put on the the World Wide Web - The Internet.

Depending on what you require, you pay the webhost a small fee each month for this service. So companies like Shaw and Telus will even give you free webspace, but you will not have your own Domain Name. I'm going to talk about Domain in the next post so hang in there.

Here are a few definitions from above in plain English, so you can understand it easier

FTP- File Transfer Protocol - this is when you use a program on your computer to transfer the files to the webhost. The Web Designer usually takes care of it for you, but you can do it yourself too!

ISP- Internet Service Provider -These are the people that you pay to surf the web, like Shaw, Telus and other companies.

Webhost- This is the person that you pay so that you can put your website on their secure server and that people around the world can see it.

Okay hope this makes sense. Stay tuned for Domain Names in the next post.