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Email Accounts

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Email accounts are a standard feature of shared web hosting accounts and whilst some web hosting providers will limit you as to the number of email accounts that you are able to create under your chosen web hosting package, most web hosting providers will allow you to host an unlimited number of email accounts under a single web hosting package. In order for email accounts to be of any use you will need to have at least one domain name hosted under your web hosting account so that you have a base on which you can create the email accounts that you would like to use. When using a Windows dedicated server or Linux dedicated server you will also be able to create email accounts for any domain names that you may be hosting although this is entirely dependent on the mail server software that you have running on your server. Email accounts will allow you to communicate with other email users easily as you each account will have its own address under your domain name meaning that you will also be able to communicate with other users that have their own email accounts hosted under the same domain name as yours.

When choosing a web hosting package it is a good idea for you to have a look at how many email accounts you will be able to host under your chosen web hosting service as you want to be sure that you will be able to make the most of your web hosting service. Most shared web hosting packages will now allow you to host an unlimited number of email accounts under a single web hosting package meaning that your only limit is going to be the amount of disk space that you have available to assign to individual email accounts. It is a good idea to consider the use of email accounts under any domains that you are using in a professional manner as it will allow you to portray a professional image when communicate with customers via email.

If you wish to offer a higher level of service for those who are going to be using your email accounts then you may wish to consider a more professional form of email hosting such as a platform that utilizes either Microsoft Exchange Server or Zimbra as these two collaboration systems are used by many large businesses around the world. A dedicated server can offer you a reliable platform on which you can host a number of email accounts if you are catering for a large business as in such establishments it is usually important for every employee in the organization to be able to have their own email account so that they can communicate with one another easily. A dedicated server based email account hosting environment will provide you with the opportunity to add additional mail servers if you feel that this will enhance your systems; an email server cluster is also a possibility in a server based environment.

Webmail access will be provided by most web hosting providers for the email accounts that you create which will be of benefit to you since it will allow you to check your emails from any computer that is connected to the internet and has a web browser application installed. Popular webmail applications available in most situations include Squirrel Mail and Horde Mail; as both of these are open source there are many add-ons available for both meaning that if either are being used within the context of a dedicated mail hosting environment, you will be able to customize the webmail interface to match your organization’s requirements as you wish.

The chances are that you will also want to be able to access your from your desktop computer or a mobile device and so IMAP and POP3 access will also be available for your email accounts so that this is possible. Both of these technologies are seen as standards for accessing email remotely and will allow you to view and download all of the emails that are contained within your email account. It should also be noted that SMTP access will also be provided so that you are able to send emails using your own email account as by doing it through your web hosting account’s primary server you can be sure that your email address won’t be blacklisted.

All email accounts can be password protected meaning that you will need to know the password of the account in question if you wish to gain access to it so that you can read any emails that may have been sent to that particular email address. Security is important for most email accounts these days and so you should make sure that with any email account that you are using that you set a strong password that no-one else will be able to guess as this is the best way of protecting your emails and any other information that you may store under your email account. Other measures that can be taken on the server side to help secure your email account and email messages include encrypting the contents of all email as this will mean that even if a hacker does manage to gain entry to your email server, they won’t be able to read any of your emails as the contents of them will be encrypted meaning that they will be useless.

In conclusion, email accounts are a core feature of any web hosting package these days and so it is recommended that you make the most of them by setting up email accounts for all of your employees so that they can communicate with one another and customers with ease. When choosing a web hosting service it is recommended that you look for one that will be able to provide you with an unlimited number of email accounts as such a web hosting package will offer you the best room for expansion in the future; however, you are always going to be limited by the amount of disk space that you have available to assign to the individual email accounts that you setup.

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Importance of Dedicated Hosting

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Dedicated hosting has become hugely popular over the past few years with the introduction of VPS server hosting to accompany dedicated server hosting at the top end of the web hosting market. Dedicated web hosting services will provide you with your own web hosting environment that is isolated from other users, often with your own guaranteed resources, thus meaning that you won’t have to worry about other users affecting the performance of your own hosting environment and vice versa. Most web hosting providers are able to offer you the choice between VPS server hosting and dedicated server hosting with some web hosting providers choosing to specialize in one over the other; VPS servers are aimed at those with a lower budget and don’t offer you a completely dedicated web hosting environment whilst a dedicated server is only really suitable for those with larger budgets as is evident with the resources that are available for your standard dedicated server. Dedicated hosting services are incredibly important as the needs of larger businesses need to be met in one way or another and there needs to be a form of web hosting available to accommodate for those who have more complex hosting requirements; in most situations dedicated servers are also the most profitable forms of web hosting for web hosting providers.

A VPS server is effectively a collection of a physical server’s resources bound together to create a virtual dedicated environment within a physical hosting node; each VPS hosting node is going to be running a large number of virtual VPS servers. VPS hosting is aimed at those with lower budgets as you are still provided with your own dedicated web hosting environment, just at a cost that is a lot more affordable and for first-timers VPS servers are usually a lot easier to manage. Web hosting companies can offer VPS servers with a wide variety of resource assignments, but the fact of the matter is that a VPS server is never going to be a replacement for a dedicated server of any specification.

Dedicated servers on the other hand are aimed at the higher end of the market and this is evident with the prices that are put on most dedicated servers as well as the resources that most dedicated servers are provided with. Dedicated servers are very flexible in the way that you can use a standalone dedicated server if your requirements aren’t demanding, but on the other hand if your requirements are slightly more complex then you may wish to choose to use a cluster of dedicated servers as this will provide you with a level of reliability and is unrivalled. With a dedicated server you will also be able to choose from a wider variety of operating systems as you can choose to have any Linux distribution of your choice or any version of Windows installed; when using VPS server hosting you are limited to using the operating system templates that your web hosting provider has made available for you to use.

Dedicated web hosting services can provide you with a higher level of security than shared web hosting packages will ever be able to offer which is going to be of the utmost importance for those who are running websites that are going to be processing the personal data of their visitors in one way or another. By having your own dedicated web hosting environment you will be able to make any changes to your server that you feel will enhance the security of your web hosting environment, although you make these changes at your own peril and will need to face the consequences if something goes wrong that causes damage to your VPS server or dedicated server.

Another benefit to using dedicated hosting is that you will be able to install any applications of your choice on your VPS server or dedicated server, which is highly important if you are looking to create a hosting environment that will suit your requirements exactly. Larger businesses are going to benefit most from this advantage since such businesses are likely to be running applications and services that may not necessarily be available in a shared web hosting environment. Examples of such applications and services that they fall under this category could include Microsoft Exchange Server and Zimbra. Along with being able to install any applications of your choice, you can also make changes to the operating system that you have installed on your VPS server or dedicated server as you will be provided with direct access to the management console; Remote Desktop is a standard feature of Windows servers whilst SSH access is provided for most users of Linux VPS servers and Linux dedicated servers.

When upgrading from shared web hosting services to dedicated web hosting services you may be daunted by the massive leap at first, but once you have settled into your new dedicated web hosting environment you will start to reap the benefits of making the upgrade. Almost every VPS server and dedicated server will need configuring and setting up properly if you wish to be able to use it properly; most web hosting companies will provide you with support for doing this from the outset so that you don’t end up with a web hosting service that you won’t be able to use as a reputable web hosting provider will want to be sure that they are providing their customers with good value for money.

In conclusion, dedicated hosting is incredibly important in meeting the requirements of businesses and individuals that have complex expectations of web hosting and need something that can guarantee them reliability and security without any compromises. VPS servers and dedicated servers are the two most common forms of dedicated web hosting available and are aimed at different ends of the market, however both have been designed with the idea of offering users their own dedicated hosting environment in mind. The price of some dedicated hosting products may be off-putting to some but at the end of the day if you choose a reputable web hosting provider then you can be guaranteed good value for money.

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Benefits of UK Web Hosting

Monday, July 19th, 2010

UK web hosting is a highly popular form of web hosting for companies and individuals based in the UK and Europe as well as businesses all over the world that wish to host websites that are aimed specifically at a UK market. UK web hosting services can bring many benefits to businesses and individuals hosting websites that they want to target specifically at UK audiences; such benefits can include increased rankings in UK search engine listings and faster loading speeds for those who visit your website or try to download content from your website within the UK. Although UK web hosting services can be slightly more expensive than web hosting services that are hosted in other locations such as the USA, in most situations you will find that the increased cost is worth and that the benefits will soon outweigh the cost. On the other hand UK web hosting services can be cheaper for those that are based in the UK as it means that the price that you are going to be paying for your web hosting services isn’t affected by exchange rates as would be the case if you were to purchase your web hosting services from a foreign web hosting provider.

The main advantage to using UK web hosting service is the fact that search engines will rank your website higher for UK search engine listings meaning that your website will appear higher in keyword listings that are related to your website. If you are aiming your website at a UK audience then this will be of benefit to you since it means that you will receive a greater number of visitors to your website that are thoroughly interested in your content which in turn will mean that they are more likely to return to your website in the future – they are also more likely to recommend your website to others that may be after something similar.

The second benefit of using UK web hosting services is the fact that your website will load faster for your visitors since the servers hosting your website will be geographically closer to your visitors meaning that the response time between the client computer and the server will be greatly reduced. When hosting further away the response time between client computers and servers is going to be increased because the data has to travel further, whereas if you were to host in the UK then data won’t have to travel so far in turn meaning that your website will load faster for your UK visitors.

UK web hosting services are only usually offered by UK web hosting providers which can provide you with additional benefits as it means that you should be able to expect a high level of customer service from your chosen web hosting company. Regardless of whether you are an individual or a business, you should want to use a web hosting provider that can provide you with a good level of customer service as it will make life easier for you if you ever need to contact them regarding any issues that you may be having with your UK web hosting service.

UK web hosting providers will also be able to provide you with a greater level of reliability for your web hosting service and customer service is usually a good measure of how reliable you can expect your UK based web hosting package to be. You want to be sure that your website will always be accessible to your visitors without you having to be constantly checking it and so choosing a highly reliable web hosting company and web hosting package is important. If your web hosting company isn’t able to meet the uptime guarantee that they have promised you then you aren’t going to be receiving good value for money.

The price of a web hosting package is also something that you are likely to consider because you don’t want to be overpaying when you can get a web hosting service of a similar specification for a much lower price from another UK web hosting provider. As a potential web hosting customer based in the UK, purchasing your required services from a UK web hosting provider will be a better option for you as the prices that you are going to pay overall will be much lower than what you would pay for a web hosting service from a US web hosting provider. As you will be purchasing a web hosting package in GBP, you aren’t going to be affected by exchange rates as would be the case if you were to purchase a web hosting package that was priced in USD.

When choosing a UK web hosting service you may also be given a chance to choose where in the UK your website is hosted as some web hosting providers choose to utilize several different data centres for their UK web hosting operations. This can be of benefit to you if you are looking to setup a server cluster in the UK that has fail-over protection as by using servers located in several different data centres you can be sure that even if one of your servers fails, there will be at least one other server available to take up the role of the server that has crashed ensuring that there is no slack.

In conclusion, UK web hosting can be very beneficial to businesses and individuals that are based in the UK and you should consider UK web hosting if you are currently using US web hosting services whilst trying to target a UK based audience. UK web hosting providers are able to offer a wide variety of UK hosted web hosting services ranging from shared web hosting to dedicated server hosting. You will also be offered the same choice of operating systems meaning that you can choose from either Windows or any Linux distribution of your choice. When choosing UK web hosting you may be put off the prices of some UK web hosting services at first, but once you realise the benefits that are available you will see that the cost is easily justified.

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Mail Hosting

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Mail hosting is a feature that is standard to all shared and reseller web hosting packages as when using such web hosting services one of your basic requirements is likely to be the need to host email accounts under any domains that you choose to host. When using VPS server hosting or dedicated server hosting you can choose to have a mail server application installed on your server as you are provided with a dedicated web hosting environment that you can customize as per your requirements. Email is one of the primary methods of communication over the internet these days and is utilized by businesses and individuals for a wide variety of purposes ranging from basic conversations all the way to the marketing of new products and services. Web hosting companies have realized the importance of email to their customers and usually offer many different mail hosting options. As well as being able to choose from basic email hosting packages, some web hosting providers are able to offer email hosting on collaborative platforms that can offer a larger number of features such as Microsoft Exchange Server and the Zimbra platform. As mail hosting is a form of web hosting offered by most web hosting companies, it makes ensuring that you choose the right web hosting package and web hosting provider highly important.

Email as a method of communication has been around for a long time and has been embraced by companies for a long time now; although it was thought that email would eventually be replaced by instant messaging services, these were unfounded as instant messaging as a platform has seen a steady decline in recent years whilst the use of email has been on the rise. Desktop email clients are available with most operating systems by default whilst most web hosting companies will also provide you with access to a webmail interface from which you can check your email accounts on the move. The use of mobile email is also on the rise with the use of smartphones such as the iPhone and Blackberrys becoming ever more common.

In terms of web hosting, email accounts are now a standard feature of any shared web hosting account meaning that regardless of the shared web hosting package you choose for your requirements you will be able to use it to setup email accounts for use under your domain name. This is probably the best way to use email services as by using your own domain name you will be able to portray a professional image to your own clients with ease, something that is of the utmost importance if you are running a medium to large sized business and are dealing with corporate customers. A shared web hosting package will be able to provide you with all of the email features that you would expect from a mail hosting service such as direct POP3 and IMAP access to your email accounts so that you can use them in conjunction with desktop and mobile email clients; along with that webmail access will also be available so that you can check your email accounts from a computer that you may not necessarily have them configured on for use in an email client.

If you are able to justify the cost of a VPS server or dedicated server and have the skills and knowledge required to allow you to manage a server properly then there are further benefits to be had since you will have free reign over your choice of mail server application. As a larger business you may find it beneficial to make use of more complex and scalable applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server and the Zimbra platform as either of these mail server applications will be able to provide you with a wide variety of features that will help to enhance how your employees communicate with one another. Similarly, more complex applications can also provide cluster facilities that will allow you to use a number of different servers for your email hosting services in a single cluster meaning that if one of the servers fails, there will be at least one other server available to take up the role of the server that has crashed.

Companies such as Microsoft and Google are able to offer free third-party email hosting services through their offerings such as Windows Live and Google Apps meaning that mail hosting is available without having to pay a penny for the service itself, although you will require a domain name that you can use in conjunction with these services so that you can setup email accounts. In some situations using these services can benefit you as they can provide you with larger amounts of storage space for your emails than a traditional web hosting service may be able to – these levels of reliability offered may also be greater.

Making the most of mail hosting can either be easy or hard depending on the type of mail hosting that you choose to use. Simple mail hosting services are easy to use since they will only offer you the basic features that are pretty easy to implement in most situations. If you have chosen to use a mail hosting service that is Exchange or Zimbra based then you may find it harder to make the most of the features that you are offered since there are so many complex features available for different purposes.

In conclusion, mail hosting is a standard in the web hosting industry for shared web hosting services and is one of the many features that you will be able to use as you wish. Dedicated mail servers are available from web hosting companies that can offer dedicated server hosting, although you should only really take up dedicated mail hosting if you are able to justify the cost of the dedicated server and will be able to set it up properly and manage it appropriately. As there are many mail applications to choose from, you should make your choice wisely as in some situations an open source mail server may be able to suit your requirements more so than a commercial piece of software.

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Advantages of VPS Hosting

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

A VPS server is seen as the form of web hosting that falls in between reseller web hosting and dedicated server hosting when you consider the features and resource assignments that a VPS server will be able to offer. The price that you pay for a VPS server will vary greatly depending on the specifications of your chosen server; the good thing is that more web hosting companies will allow you to customize the specifications of your VPS server during the order process resulting in a VPS server that will suit your requirements perfectly meaning that you won’t end up paying for resources that you don’t really need as this is a problem that can sometimes arise when using dedicated web hosting. A VPS server will be able to provide you with a higher level of uptime than you may be use to if you are using shared web hosting or reseller web hosting as a VPS server will provide you with your own dedicated web hosting environment; this means that the actions of others are unlikely to influence the reliability of your web hosting environment that much meaning that you will only need to keep an eye on your own resource consumption.

A VPS server will be able to provide you with your own dedicated web hosting environment meaning that you will be able to install any applications of your choice on your VPS server without having to worry about affecting the performance of anyone else’s websites; furthermore shared web hosting services won’t allow you to install your own applications. If you have chosen a Windows VPS hosting service then you will be provided with Remote Desktop Access whilst SSH access is provided if you have a Linux VPS server; in either situation access to your server using either method will provide you with direct access to the heart of your VPS server hosting service.

Reliability is another benefit of using VPS server hosting as the dedicated web hosting environment coupled with your own guaranteed resources will allow you to come to expect a higher level of uptime from your new web hosting service than would be achievable when using a lower end form of web hosting. High uptime is something that most businesses are now coming to expect from any web hosting service that they use and so it is important for web hosting providers to be able to meet this demand. However, it is important to note that in some situations where the hosting node’s CPU is shared between all of the VPS servers, you may have problems with regards to a single VPS server overloading the entire hosting node.

If you are currently using a shared web hosting service then you can be sure that you will be able to achieve a more acceptable level of security when using a VPS server hosting service. The dedicated web hosting environment that you are provided with will allow you to install any security applications of your choice on your VPS server meaning that you will be able to secure it to a level that suits your requirements. Furthermore you will also be able to take any additional security measures that you see as appropriate as you won’t have to worry about affecting the performance of anyone else’s servers.

The performance of a VPS server is related to the dedicated resources that you will have available to use on your VPS server. Every VPS server hosted on a node will have its own guaranteed resources that are in fact part of the hosting node’s overall resources; however, the point is that no other VPS servers will be able to make use of these guaranteed resources.

In conclusion, a VPS server will be able to provide you with many advantages when compared to what lower end forms of web hosting because of the features that are on offer, although you can also benefit when using a VPS server instead of a dedicated server because of the price of a VPS server when compared to that of a dedicated server. VPS server hosting is only useable to a certain extent and when you find that your requirements start to outstrip what your VPS server can offer, you may wish to upgrade to a dedicated server.

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Database Hosting

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

When creating a dynamic website you are going to need a database backend for use as a central location where all of the data that is relevant to your website can be stored so it can then be accessed by all of the dynamic web pages that will have access to your database credentials. If you are only running a small website then you will find that a standard shared web hosting package will provide you with the capacity that you require in order to use a small database with your website; if you have more complex requirements then you may wish to use a more complex solution such as database server hosting – a separate database server will provide you with its own advantages. Both Linux and Windows web hosting services are able to support database services to a good extent with MySQL being one database standard that is capable of functioning correctly on both operating systems. There are also platform specific database servers available for use depending on what your exact requirements are, although at the end of the day your choice of database application and/or server is more likely to be based on the scripting language that you use as the basis of your website.

A website can only be classed as a dynamic website if it has been created using a scripting language that has then been linked back to an external database where all of the website’s content is stored. You can choose between using database server applications and more simpler desktop database applications that will store all of your content in a single file rather than serving it through a service. Databases that are served through database servers tend to be more secure than those that are single files as files can be easily downloaded if they are stored within the publicly accessible web space.

Database applications are available for both Windows and Linux servers meaning that your choice of operating system is unlikely to affect your choice of database application; the one factor that is more likely to affect your choice is going to be your choice of scripting language. For example, if you choose to use the PHP scripting language for the development of your dynamic website then you are more likely to consider the MySQL database server for your database hosting requirements; when using classic ASP or ASP.NET you are going to be more intent on using Microsoft database applications such as Microsoft SQL Server or Microsoft Access.

A shared web hosting package should be able to provide you with the facilities that will allow you to host at least one database within the web space that you have purchased, thus providing you with the resources required for the running of a small website. Often you will find that web hosting providers are going to be more willing to offer the facility to host an unlimited number of databases under your shared web hosting account, although at the end of the day you are still going to be limited by the amount of disk space that you have available to use.

VPS server and dedicated server hosting solutions are only recommended for larger businesses that have the money to spend on such infrastructures and at the same time are able to justify the cost of having a dedicated database hosting setup. Dedicated database hosting solutions can boost your overall uptime and will provide a level of performance that can’t be offered by single-server database configurations. Dedicated hosting solutions also offer you the scope for expansion into clustered setups if you are after a fail-proof database hosting solution.

In conclusion, database hosting is a form of hosting that has many different branches for you to explore depending on what your exact requirements are. A database is at the heart of most websites these days as webmasters have realised the benefits of using Content Management Systems and other such solutions that store the content that they create in one central location. Guides to creating databases are available in most web hosting provider’s knolwedgebases if it is a practise that you are unfamiliar with; if you are experienced enough then your web hosting provider will provide you with free reign over your databases and how you use them.

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Advantages of Web Hosting

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Web hosting is the perfect step to take if you wish to establish an online identity for your business and this will provide you with great benefits as it will offer you the chance to engage with a much wider audience and will also provide you with a platform that will allow you to offer your products and services to a greater number of people. A web hosting service will also provide you with services that will allow you to communicate with your customers and others in a variety of different ways; a good example of this would be email as if you have a domain name fixed up to your web hosting account, you will be able to use your web hosting account to setup email accounts that you can then use under your chosen domain name. Similarly you can also add contact forms and other features to your website that will then allow others to contact you using your web hosting account. A cheap web hosting package is probably going to be the most beneficial for you if you are using web hosting for the first time as it means that you won’t be risking too much if you find that your business’s web presence isn’t really working or that you require a higher end form of web hosting for your requirements.

If you are looking at extending your target audience then setting up a website on the internet is a good starting move since billions of people all over the world use the internet and any of these users will be able to access your website, thus meaning that you have a worldwide audience available at your fingertips. If you are selling products then you are going to be limited by physical factors such as where you will be able to ship your products to, but on the other hand if you are selling virtual services such as web hosting then there are no limits on who you will be able to sell your services to as you won’t have any physical factors affecting your delivery of the product. Furthermore the existence of your website will provide you with a destination that you can point any customers that you may have on a day to day basis to; in turn they will then be able to pass your website’s address on to anyone else that they feel could benefit from the goods or services that you sell.

Once you have uploaded your website and established it under your new web hosting account you can then proceed to start with the advertising of your new website using various services such as Google Adwords and other CPC (Cost Per Click) advertising programs. The main benefit of web hosting here is that you can choose your hosting location to help benefit your SEO efforts that you may carry out as these generally influence the effectiveness of most CPC programs. UK web hosting is recommended for UK based businesses and individuals that wish to target UK search engine listings; if you are on a lower budget and are looking to target a more international audience then US web hosting services will meet your requirements.

You will be able to choose between the Windows and Linux web hosting platforms depending on what your specific requirements are and this will benefit you if you are looking to develop using platform-specific code such as classic ASP or ASP.NET, two languages that are only compatible with Windows based web hosting servers. If you have chosen to develop your website using open source solutions such as PHP or Ruby then both Linux and Windows web hosting packages should be able to provide you with support for these.

Any web hosting service will allow you to setup email accounts for any domain names that you want to host under your web hosting account, thus allowing you to communicate with others from your domain name – this will help you to portray a professional image to your customers and those who you are communicating with via email. Access via POP3 and IMAP is a standard feature these days and similarly, you will be provided with access to a webmail interface for any of the email accounts that you setup.

In conclusion, web hosting is able to provide many advantages to businesses that are yet to establish themselves online. There is a wide variety of web hosting services available depending on what your requirements are exactly; if you are after a low cost web hosting service that will provide you with the bare basics to help you get started then a shared web hosting package will more than suffice for your requirements. VPS server hosting services and dedicated servers are aimed at higher end users that have a distinct need for power from their web hosting service.

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Getting Started With Web Hosting

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Regardless of the form of web hosting that you choose to use to meet your web hosting requirements, you will probably find that you will need to take measures beforehand in order to be able to make the most of your new web hosting service. If you are moving over to your new web hosting package from an existing web hosting service then you will find that you will need to take extra measures to ensure a smooth transition between web hosting services; it is important to consider that standard package upgrades are done seamlessly and won’t need any interruption, whereas if you are upgrading your entire web hosting service such as from shared web hosting to VPS hosting then precautions will need to be taken. Most web hosting companies will provide you with assistance if you are using web hosting for the first time as they want to provide you with the best start to your new web hosting experience and will help you to get your website off the ground. Almost every established web hosting provider available will have some sort of knowledgebase or a section of their website dedicated to tutorials that will teach you how to use you web hosting package.

How you get started with your new web hosting service will depend on the form of web hosting that you have chosen to use. If you are using a shared web hosting package then it is simply a case of uploading your files to your web space as well as configuring any email accounts or FTP accounts that you want to be able to use under your web hosting account. When using a more complex form of web hosting such as VPS server hosting or dedicated server hosting you should be prepared to take the next step of having to setup your server so that you can create the right web hosting environment for your requirements.

When choosing your web hosting service it is important for you to also look at the web hosting company that you are going to be using because you want to be sure that your chosen web hosting provider will offer you the support that you require in order to get started with the setup of your web hosting account. A large and established web hosting provider will have the support infrastructure in place to allow you to call on them if you need help with setting up your web hosting service. On the other hand you can also make use of the knowledgebase articles and tutorials that your web hosting company should be able to provide you with.

In order to get started with a web hosting service, it is important for you to have a website available to upload as otherwise there is not really any point in using a web hosting package. Most web hosting companies will provide you with the services that you require such as FTP in order to allow you to upload your website and any other files that you may see as appropriate to your web space. However, basic web hosting services such as shared web hosting packages can also be used for development and testing purposes since they will provide you with the environment that you require at a low cost.

If you have never used a web hosting service before then your experience with web hosting is going to differ to those who have used web hosting for a long time. To help make the process of getting started with web hosting easier, you will be provided with access to a web hosting control panel from which you will be able to manage more or less every aspect of your web hosting account with ease; however, with a VPS server or dedicated server you will find that the use of a control panel is going to be another added expense.

In conclusion, getting started with web hosting doesn’t have to be as hard as you think it may be. In order to make the most of a web hosting package you should have a website available for hosting under your web hosting package. The other features of a web hosting service can also be used as stand alone features such as email hosting and database hosting.

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