The disk space, RAM, processor time, software tools and the Internet access channel for placing some Internet projects is included in the web hosting. Each modern web project requires high quality hosting services. It can be a simple home page or a complicated web resource, taking more than one hundred MB of the web space. The hosting contains a set of the services for the organization, storing and support of the information on the web server. Additionally, a global web hosting provider proposes the addresses and domain names' creation, since it is very important to have your own address in the Internet that is easy to use.
There are two basic types of the hosting - free and commercial. The professional hosting on the commercial basis gives many additional opportunities, such as:
-high qualification of the support service team;
-support for the modern web-programming languages that allows to create dynamic resources.
-Databases' server support.
-Providing the directory for the user's scripts.
-Providing the security protection. This is a necessary requirement for the commercial hosting providers, since a hoster takes the responsibility for the clients' data safety.
Usually, hosting tariff plans comprise such items as a registration, a support of up to 1000 MB of the web space, a support for the next 1000 MB of the webspace and a support of the additional domain for the user's web site.
There are some basic and auxiliary hosting services: a twenty-four hour FTP access, providing PHP, SSI, Perl scripting languages' support, MySQL or PostgreSQL database management systems support and own CGI-BIN directory. The hosting services include a support for the log files and domain names. XML markup language support has become a significant requirement for many clients recently. This technology is successfully in use in many web projects, providing flexibility and multi-platform compatibility. The latest PHP versions contain a XML library support. The hosting providers propose Pear, FreeType and RussianGD as other PHP libraries that are useful for many clients.
Traffic has a special treatment in the tariff plans of the hosting providers. 1000Mb webspace per month of incoming or outgoing traffic is treated as the limiting value. The overflow of this limit is paid additionally.
The quality of the hosting services is often evaluated according to the level of the technical support. Clients of the hosting companies may require some urgent help at any time of day and night. A fast and helpful response is the single criteria for the evaluation of the support team work. Therefore, only the fact of the twenty four hour support is mentioned in the price lists. The quality of these services could be questionable; however, the prestige of the hosting companies depends on this part of the services.
As a rule, the hosting providers keep some web sites on the same server. By this reason some web sites can be unexpectedly closed, if they do not meet some important requirements. Placing your own site to the shared hosting, you should think about your neighbors. The Internet community has its own specific laws that you should follow with respect.