WHAT IS WEB HOSTING ABOUT?
This blog, ‘’What Is Web Hosting About’’, is dedicated to those who have absolutely no clue about Web Hosting. It brings together technical terms and their definitions often encountered when researching the net. The objective of this post is to make the understanding of web hosting jargons as simple as possible.
Definitions will be updated consistently for a better understanding.
I remember when I first started online, it was an intellectual challenge, and still is. If there was a shortcut to learning, I would have quickly opted for it without a second thought. But there was none.
I was overwhelmed by the hundreds of abbreviations and codes, and the number of times I had to Google each technical word for a better understanding. But I decided that was the only way to go about handling this new life challenge.
A resolution had to be made. I resolved to learn as much web hosting as I could, and very quickly too, so that the nerdy language wouldn’t baffle me anymore, and become a thing of the past. I also thought it wise to create a reference document for myself, so I could return to it anytime I wanted, without having to rush back to Google.
I’m going to share my notes with you.
This blog is a product of many Google pieces of research, and will certainly help you save the time I spent doing the crude work.
I always love to give my readers an enjoyable reading experience. Have fun online!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
#1. KEY DEFINITIONS
<Web Hosting>—–<A Web Host>—–<A Domain Name>—–<A Subdomain>—–<Difference Between A Domain Name And Web Hosting>—–<Linux>—–<Apache>—–<MySQL>—–<PHP>—–<Unmetered Bandwidth>—–<File Transfer Protocol (FTP)>—–<Cloud Hosting>—–<Caching>—–<DNS>—–<Name Server>—–<CDN>—–<VPS>—–<Dedicated Hosting>—–<AMD>—–<HDD AND SSD>—–<DDoS>—–<SSL Certificates>—–<SiteLock>—–<Domain Privacy>—–<WHOIS>—–<Difference Between Upselling and Cross selling>—–<Domain Locking>
#2. THE BEST WEB HOSTING PLANS
2.1 ==> Wealthy Affiliate Review
—————> Chart Of Key Features
—————> Las Vegas Incentive
—————> Joining Options And Fees
—————> Available Courses
2.2 ==> HostGator Review
2.2.1 ==> HostGator vs Wealthy Affiliate
2.3 ==> WP ENGINE Review
2.3.1==> WP ENGINE vs WEALTHY AFFILIATE
2.4 ==> BLUEHOST Review
III ABOUT BLUEHOSTIII ABOUT BLUEHOST
2.4.1 ==> BLUEHOST vs WEALTHY AFFILIATE
2.5 ==> GODADDY Review
II: ABOUT GODADDY
2.5.1 ==> GODADDY vs WEALTHY AFFILIATE
2.6 ==> WORDPRESS REVIEW
2.6.1 ==> WORDPRESS vs WEALTHY AFFILIATE
2.7 ==> BLUEHOST vs WORDPRESS vs WEALTHY AFFILIATE
2.8 ==> iPAGE REVIEW
#10. HOSTING FEATURES
#11. EXTRA FEATURES
2.9 ==> INMOTION REVIEW
2.10 ==> WA HOSTING REVIEW
#2. SUMMARY TABLE
#6. WEBSITE FEATURES
#11. EDDY TESTIFIES
#12. BROKWEB TESTIFIES
2.11 ==> A2 HOSTING REVIEW
2.12. ==> BLUEHOST VS WORDPRESS WHICH ONE IS THE MOST SECURE WORDPRESS HOSTING COMPANY
2.13 ==> HOSTGATOR VS BLUEHOST, WHICH IS A MORE SECURE WORDPRESS HOSTING COMPANY?
2.14 ==> BLUEHOST VS IPAGE, WHICH ONE REPRESENTS A MORE SECURE WORDPRESS HOSTING COMPANY
2.15 ==>INMOTION VS BLUEHOST, WHICH ONE OF THEM IS CONSIDERED A MORE SECURE WORDPRESS HOSTING COMPANY?
2.16 ==> 8 COMPONENTS OF A SECURE WORDPRESS HOSTING SERVICE THAT MUST BE VERIFIED BEFORE PURCHASING ANY WP HOSTING PACKAGE.
#5. Included Staging
2.17. IPAGE VS HOSTGATOR, NEED HELP IN SELECTING THE MORE SECURE WORDPRESS HOSTING PROVIDER FOR YOUR ONLINE PROJECTS?
2.18 A2 HOSTING VS WE ENGINE, WHICH ONE WOULD BE A MORE SECURE WORDPRESS HOST FOR YOUR INTERNET MARKETING PROJECTS?
2.19 BETWEEN GODADDY AND WORDPRESS, HOW WILL YOU IDENTIFY THE MORE SECURE WORDPRESS HOSTING SERVICE FOR YOUR INTERNET MARKETING BUSINESS?
2.20 THE SITEGROUND VS BLUEHOST COMPARISON TO IDENTIFY THE MORE SECURE WORDPRESS HOSTING COMPANY FOR YOUR AFFILIATE MARKETING WEBSITES
#5. PLEASE NOTE
2.21 WHAT IS THE BEST WEB HOST FOR WORDPRESS? 9 FACTORS TO ALWAYS CONSIDER AND MY TOP CHOICE FOR YOU
2.22 NEW IPAGE REVIEW
1.5. Free SSL Certificate
2.23 A2 HOSTING HOSTING REVIEW: WORDPRESS
1.2. Free Speed Booster
1.3. Free Domain
1.4. Free Available Forum
1.5. Free Great Support
#3. FREE WORDPRESS WEB HOSTING SERVICE COMPARISONS
3.1 ==> WordPress vs Wealthy Affiliate-FREE WORDPRESS HOSTING
—————> Community Support
—————> Storage Space
—————> Number Of Available Websites
—————> Personal Affiliate Blog
—————> Keyword Research Tool
—————> Training Classrooms
—————> Affiliate Program
#4. THE BEST KEYWORD RESEARCH TOOL ONLINE
4.1. JAAXY REVIEW
#12. Sign Up For Free
4.2 2 JAAXY TIPS FOR OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE
1.1. Jaaxy STARTER
1.2. Jaaxy LITE
1.3. Jaaxy PRO
1.4. Jaaxy ENTERPRISE
#5. CRITERIA TO BE USED TO DETERMINE THE BEST WEB HOSTING COMPANY
5.1 Web Hosting With Unlimited Email
5.2 What Is A Free Domain? GET ONE NOW!
5.3 Web Hosting With Training
5.4 Free Web Hosting SSL
==> CMT1 WA HOSTING
==> CMT2 BLUEHOST
==> CMT4 A2 HOSTING
==> CMT5 WP ENGINE
==> CMT7 GODADDY
==> CMT9 HOSTGATOR
5.5 What Is Free Trial In Web Hosting?
5.6 What Is Cheap Web Hosting
5.7 What Is Website Builder About?
==> Scoring Table
==> CMTS4 to CMTS7
==> GoDaddy Comments
==> IPAGE Comments
5.8 What Is Monthly Payment About? #1 HOSTS
==> Scoring Tables
5.9. BEST SUPPORT WEB HOSTING
5.10 WEB HOSTING WITH FORUMS
5.11. LIST OF TOP 19 SECURE WORDPRESS HOSTING COMPANIES
3.2. Summary Of Findings
3.4. Detailed Results
#4. Take Away
#6. THE BEST WEB HOSTING AFFILIATE PROGRAMS
6.0. List Of Free Web Hosting Affiliate Programs To Join
6.1. WA Hosting Affiliate Program
6.2. HostGator Affiliate Program
#2. HostGator Affiliate Commissions Structure
6.3. Bluehost Affiliate Program
#7. THE BEST TEXT ADVERTISING PROGRAMS
7.1. VigLink Review
I. FEATURES DISCOVERY
#1. NEW. The Use Of VigLink Shopping
#2. The Use of VigLink Convert
#3. The Use Of VigLink Insert
#4. The Use Of VigLink Anywhere
II. TUTORIAL ON SETTING UP YOUR ACCOUNT AND ACTIVATING YOUR FREE FEATURES
#1. Configuration Of Settings: VigLink Convert/Insert/Shopping
#2. Configuration Of Your Sites
#3. Configuration Of Your Account
#4. VigLink Anywhere
III. TUTORIAL ON HOW TO FIND AN AFFILIATE PROGRAM IN VIGLINK
#1. Example On Bluehost Affiliate Program
#2. Example On Amazon Affiliate Program
#1. KEY DEFINITIONS
- For security reasons, I didn’t include the sources of certain definitions, because their source websites were not secured, unfortunately.
- Definitions do not respect any alphabetical order.
Web hosting is a service that allows organizations and individuals to post a website or web page onto the Internet. It refers to the web server (big computer) that stores lots of data files).
A business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed on the Internet. Websites are hosted or stored, on special computers called servers.
When Internet users want to view your website, all they need to do is type your website address or domain into their browser. Their computer will then connect to your server and your web pages will be delivered to them through the browser.
A web hosting provider normally rents out web servers and network connection to the end-users or the resellers. For most cases, the hosting providers will be the parties handling most server maintenance work (such as backup, root configuration, maintenance, disaster recoveries, etc.); but for certain cases, the end users will need to get everything covered by themselves
A domain name is the name of a website. A domain name is an address where Internet users can access a website.
A domain name is used for finding and identifying computers on the Internet. Computers use IP addresses, which are a series of number. However, it is difficult for humans to remember strings of numbers. Because of this, domain names were developed and used to identify entities on the Internet rather than using IP addresses.
A domain name can be any combination of letters and numbers, and it can be used in combination with the various domain name extensions, such as .com, .net and more.
A domain name must be registered with a registrar before it can be used. Every domain name is unique. No two websites can have the same domain name.
Most hosting companies require that you own your domain in order to host with them. If you do not have a domain, the hosting companies will help you purchase one.
Some web hosts offer free domain names, however, the domain names reflect the host. For example, [yourname.webhost.com].
A domain name in this format is also known as a subdomain.
- It is free
- It is functional on the internet
- Best for beginners to test drive their online knowledge before purchasing a real domain name
- Most search engines do not accept subdomains from free web hosting providers.
- Very difficult to be ranked by Google
- It is not easy for your visitors to find your website, as now they need to remember your website name as well as your host’s URL.
- You will not be able to transfer the subdomain to another web host.
I love the definition given by Jerry Low which states:
‘A domain name, is like the address of your home; web hosting, on the other hand, is the space of your house where you place your furniture.’
These are completely two different things. Having one does not necessarily imply that you automatically have the other.
When you register a domain, it gives you sole ownership and rights to the name of your site. No one else in the market has access to the actual name of that particular domain but you.
However, just because you have a domain does not mean that you are ready to serve your website to the world. To put up and operate a website, you will need a domain name, and a proper-configured web server (hosting).
This means having a website means you are renting a server. Having 25 websites means you are renting 25 servers.
Just like Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Mac OS X, Linux is an operating system.
An operating system is a software that manages all of the hardware resources associated with your desktop or laptop. To put it simply – the operating system manages the communication between your software and your hardware.
Without the operating system (often referred to as the “OS”), the software wouldn’t function.
Apache is the most widely used web server software.
Developed and maintained by Apache Software Foundation, Apache is an open source software available for free. It runs on 67% of all web servers in the world.
It is fast, reliable, and secure. It can be highly customized to meet the needs of many different environments by using extensions and modules.
Most WordPress hosting providers use Apache as their web server software. However, WordPress can run on other web server software as well.
MySQL is an open source relational database management system (RDBMS) based on Structured Query Language (SQL).
MySQL runs on virtually all platforms, including Linux, UNIX, and Windows. Although it can be used in a wide range of applications, MySQL is most often associated with web-based applications and online publishing and is an important component of an open source enterprise stack called LAMP.
LAMP is a Web development platform that uses Linux as the operating system, Apache as the Web server, MySQL as the relational database management system and PHP as the object-oriented scripting language. (Sometimes Perl or Python is used instead of PHP.)
In simple English, MySQL is a database that holds all the records and information about a website.
A good example is when someone leaves a comment on a website, they submit their names and email address alongside the comment. This information is held in the database so that when they return, they are easily recognized by the database.
CLICK HERE for a down to earth understanding about MySQL and other related technical terms.
PHP stands for Hypertext Preprocessor.
PHP is a powerful and widely-used open source server-side scripting language to write dynamically generated web pages. PHP scripts are executed on the server and the result is sent to the browser as plain HTML.
PHP can be integrated with the number of popular databases, including MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, Sybase, Informix, and Microsoft SQL Server.
Assuming that you have a website, each time someone views one of your Web pages, a certain amount of data is sent over the web hosting service provider network connections. Bandwidth is the amount of data sent for your account.
“Unmetered/unlimited bandwidth” means the provider never charge extra fees for high bandwidth use
It’s similar to “unlimited miles” in a rental car contract. You get peace of mind knowing that you’ll never be hit with unexpected bandwidth fees that some hosting companies charge.
Web hosting companies have restrictions on how fast your site can send data at any moment in time, and that does impose a physical limit on how many bytes you could send per month. The limit is very high, but it does exist.
A definition by John Burke
File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a standard Internet protocol for transmitting files between computers on the Internet over TCP/IP connections.
FTP is a client-server protocol that relies on two communications channels between client and server: a command channel for controlling the conversation and a data channel for transmitting file content.
Clients initiate conversations with servers by requesting to download a file. Using FTP, a client can upload, download, delete, rename, move and copy files on a server.
A user typically needs to log on to the FTP server, although some servers make some or all of their content available without login, also known as anonymous FTP.
Cloud hosting services provide hosting on virtual servers which pull their computing resource from extensive underlying networks of physical web servers.
- Clients can tap into their service as much as they need to, depending on their requirements at any stage and point in time.
- Great cost savings as clients only have to pay for what they use,
- Because they can access it at any time, clients don’t need to pay for additional capacity.
Caching is an area of a computer’s memory devoted to temporarily storing recently used information.
The content, which includes HTML pages, images, files and Web objects, is stored on the local hard drive in order to make it faster for the user to access it, which helps improve the efficiency of the computer and its overall performance.
Most caching occurs without the user knowing about it. For example, when a user returns to a Web page they have recently accessed, the browser can pull those files from the cache instead of the original server because it has stored the user’s activity.
The storing of that information saves the user time by getting to it faster and lessens the traffic on the network.
DNS or Domain Name System is a system that points a domain name to a physical IP address.
For example, when a user types in www.example.com in their browser and hits enter, the DNS servers resolve it to the IP address where the website is hosted.
The purpose of DNS is to use easy to remember domain names for websites instead of their numeric IP addresses. It also enables website owners to change their web hosts without changing domain names.
Website owners can simply change the DNS entry for their domain name and point to their new web host’s name servers.
A name server is a specialized server on the Internet that handles queries or questions from your local computer, about the location of a domain name’s various services.
A great simple way to think about name servers is using a phone book analogy. If you were trying to call InMotion Hosting you might have remembered our phone number, but more than likely you’d want to look it up before just guessing at numbers.
This same story is also true for the Internet and domain names. As an example, you’re reading this article right now on our InMotionHosting.com domain name.
According to Wiki, a content delivery network or content distribution network (CDN) is a geographically distributed network of proxy servers and their data centers.
The goal is to distribute service spatially relative to end-users to provide high availability and high performance.
Using a down to earth language, it’s a collection of interconnected web servers distributed across the globe. The intention of this infrastructure is to serve the visitors of a website from the closest web server instead of the main web server which could be located thousands of miles away. The speed of access to information is thus enhanced.
CDNs serve a large portion of the Internet content today, including web objects (text, graphics, and scripts), downloadable objects (media files, software, documents), applications (e-commerce, portals), live streaming media, on-demand streaming media, and social networks.
VPS hosting is a Virtual Private Server and is a virtualized server.
A VPS hosting environment mimics a dedicated server within a shared hosting environment. It is technically both shared hosting and dedicated hosting.
VPS Hosting is one of several types of web hosting accounts you can choose from to host your website online.
To have a website on the internet, you need to have your website files on a web server. Setting up and managing a server cannot only be expensive but difficult too.
Purchasing web hosting allows someone to rent space on a web server, making it easier for the average person to be able to host a website online because all they need to do is upload their site files (no server setup is needed on their part).
All three of these hosting account types are similar in the fact that they all give you a web server to run your website on. They vary in how they are setup, the features they offer, and the level of customization you can have with each one. Check out more information about our various VPS plans and features.
Dedicated hosting is a hosting configuration in which a server is devoted to a single organization or for a single purpose, such as a website.
This is in contrast to shared hosting, in which a server acts as a host to multiple clients.
A dedicated hosting service is sometimes referred to as a dedicated server and can be set up in-house or externally as a service from within a data center.
According to Wiki, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) is an American multinational semiconductor company based in Santa Clara, California, that develops computer processors and related technologies for business and consumer markets.
While initially, it manufactured its own processors, the company later outsourced its manufacturing, a practice known as fabless, after GlobalFoundries was spun off in 2009.
AMD’s main products include microprocessors, motherboard chipsets, embedded processors and graphics processors for servers, workstations and personal computers, and embedded systems applications.
Definition BY JOEL SANTO DOMINGO
Until recently, PC buyers had very little choice about what kind of storage to get in a laptop or desktop. If you bought an ultraportable, you likely had a solid-state drive (SSD) as the primary drive (C: on Windows, Macintosh HD on a Mac).
Every other desktop or laptop form factor had a hard disk drive (HDD). Now, you can configure most systems with either an HDD or an SSD, or in some cases both.
DDoS is short for Distributed Denial of Service.
DDoS is a type of DOS attack where multiple compromised systems, which are often infected with a Trojan, are used to target a single system causing a Denial of Service (DoS) attack.
Victims of a DDoS attack consist of both the end targeted system and all systems maliciously used and controlled by the hacker in the distributed attack.
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==> SSL Certificate
SSL Certificates provide secure, encrypted communications between a website and an internet browser.
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, the protocol which provides the encryption. SSL Certificates are typically installed on pages that require end-users to submit sensitive information over the internet like credit card details or passwords.
SSL ensures that the sensitive information provided by the visitors of a particular website are protected.
Examples of such pages include payment pages, online forms, and login pages.
SiteLock is the Global Leader in business website security solutions.
They are the only web security solution to offer complete, cloud-based website protection. Their 360-degree monitoring finds and fixes threats, prevents future attacks, accelerates website performance and meets PCI compliance standards for businesses of all sizes.
SiteLock protects websites from viruses, hackers, and malware, with a complete cloud-based solution that scans websites daily.
SiteLock was founded in 2008 and has protected (and still protects) over 12 million websites worldwide.
==> Domain Privacy
Domain Privacy can be defined as the ability to mask the information you used to register your domain name.
When you purchase a domain from any registrar eg GoDaddy, they are required to report specific bits of information about the consumer for public record. That public database is called WHOIS.
Here are some of the information reported to WHOIS at their request, when you register a domain:
- First name
- Last name
- Phone number
And more. So if you’re not willing to share this personal information, look into domain privacy.
The WHOIS domain database is a listing of all registered domains and is regularly used for various legal purposes.
Network administrators use WHOIS data to identify and fix problems. For instance, WHOIS information can be used to determine the availability of domain names, identify trademark infringement, and keep domain name registrants accountable.
WHOIS verification can even be utilized to combat spam or fraud, as administrators can track down registrants who post illegal content or participate in phishing scams.
==> Difference between Upselling and Cross Selling
According to a definition provided by the online business dictionary, an upsell is a sales strategy where the seller will provide opportunities to purchase related products or services, often for the sole purpose of increasing sales.
Cross-selling, on the other hand, invites customers to buy related or complementary items.
Upselling and cross-selling are mutually beneficial when done properly, but could equally result in increased cost for the customer needing a lot of complimentary items for a particular product.
==> Domain Locking
A Domain Locking is meant to prevent transfers of a domain to another registrar or web host by “locking” of the domain nameservers.
This is also known as ”hijacking” of a domain name.