The Making of a Website

There is a lot more to making a website than that meets the eye


Shared Web Hosting

Where several sites are hosted on the same web server, not just yours.


Random Access Memory

The main type of memory that is used to store programs and data that are currently in use. Also known as Main Memory or Memory


Central Processing Unit (CPU)

An electronic chip also called a microprocessor that fetches instructions from RAM, decodes them and executes them.


CPU Time

The amount of time for which the CPU is used for processing the instructions of a computer program or operating system.


Bandwidth

The amount data that can be transferred over a connection in a given time.


Virtual Web Hosting

A powerful server that runs software allowing it to create many 'virtual servers' within itself, which are rented out to customers to host their web site.


Dedicated Web Hosting

When the website is hosted on its own server with no other websites on that server.

Getting a Domain Name

It is important that the very name that you use to advertise your product is your domain name, because it's the first thing that people will try in their search. It is the easiest thing for them to remember and will be more likely to be tried out than some obscure domain name. If your name is also your URL, they'll automatically know where to go. For example, when people think of 6b6, they don't have to wonder what web address to type into their search engine (6b6.co).

Local Hosting VS External Hosting

Local Hosting External Hosting
There are no external fees for hosting or managing the environment. Cloud hosting comes with a monthly bill.
Allows you or your company to decide everything and have complete control. If something unforeseen happens, you have relay on the hosting company to fix the problem.
Often have greater performance than external hosted websites. Latency can sometimes be a factor in externally hosted websites.
All of the supporting power, cooling and space costs are covered by you or your company. All costs are rolled into a single monthly charge, which is normally cheeper.
All of the hardware, software, and maintenance costs are yours. Have the ability to rapidly scale up and down as needed.
It needs to be monitored and managed 24x7 by your organisation. Web hosting company provide maintenance of the server

Types of External Hosting: which one is right for you?

Shared Web Hosting

The costs of running the server are shared between all of the users and so it is often the cheapest way of having your website hosted.

However, all of the sites being hosted on the server have to share the same resources like RAM, CPU time, and bandwidth. Therefore, if another site on the server has a lot of traffic then your site might experience poor performance.

You might also have to accept advertising on your site. This sometimes happens with low cost web hosting as the company balance the lower charges with the advertising revenue.

As well as this, you may not be allowed to install specific modules or scripts that you want and they may only allow you to use their services.

Virtual Web Hosting

This kind of sharing of a single physical server to host many web sites means that everyone shares the cost of it, so prices are kept low.

Every 'virtual server' is given an amount of hard disk space so it overcomes many of the issues of using the standard shared hosting service.

Dedicated Web Hosting

Dedicated servers are often used by companies who have a lot of website traffic because they want to be sure that their website's performance is not affected. As well as this, paying for a dedicated server means that you get fast and good quality support.

But it is the most expensive option as the costs of renting the server cannot be shared with other users.