02 Mar 2021

What Is Shared Hosting?

One of the most popular ways to host your website is shared web hosting. As the overall costs of server maintenance are shared by many clients, it is the most economical choice. Before you determine which company you want to host, first think about what package suits you best. Shared web hosting is by far the most economical way to host a website and most popular hosting options for those who are building out their first websites.

Since most hosting companies offer the same amount of space and storage. Actually shared hosting usually comes equipped with a built-in cPanel, which makes it easy to manage your site. Shared hosting is easily the cheapest and most affordable option for your needs.

Advantages:

  • The cost effectiveness and simplicity is the biggest profit of shared hosting.
  • Shared hosting plans come much cheaper compared to dedicated hosting and VPS.
  • Most shared hosting plans provide round maintenance and technical support that gives you uptime reliability almost comparable to dedicated plans.
  • Its loading time is much slower than dedicated servers.
  • A single server is used to host hundreds and even thousands of websites. This means that the server resources, such as bandwidth, RAM and CPU, are shared by the users.

Disadvantage:

  • One of the biggest disadvantages of shared hosting because of which you should just stay away from it. If any website on a server gets hacked, then other websites also come under potential threat.
  • Your hosting plan may have lesser features compared to dedicated hosting plans. Because of security policy, some available ports and connections may be limited.
  • lack of resources that are available on shared hosting that stop your website from performing to its full potential.
  • As you need to share the resources of a single server, your website my often experience sluggishness brought about by the request for resources by other sites.
  • Any malicious activity that the server suffers affects the whole network of websites using the server.

                                                     In general shared hosting will be inappropriate for users who require extensive software development outside what the hosting provider supports. Almost all applications intended to be on a standard web server work fine with a shared web hosting service. The main strength here is that this is a cost-effective solution, and because you’re prepared to share hardware with other folks, you’ll naturally be paying less than the outlay for dedicated hosting.

24 Feb 2021

What Is Web Hosting? What Does It Mean?

Web Hosting Explained for Beginners

Web hosting is a service that allows organizations and individuals to post a website or web page into the Internet. A web host, or web hosting service provider, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed in the Internet. Websites are hosted, or stored, on special computers called servers.

You can buy a dedicated server to host your website contents, but it’s very expensive compared to others. There are a lot of free web hosting methods are available here. This discussion will enrich your knowledge about different types of hosting techniques and also different web-hosting parameters which are commonly using and so.

What are the different types of Web-Hosting platforms?

This is very necessary to know the type of web hosting platform for your web page. The main web hosting platforms are listed below:

Linux Hosting Servers: If you are a Linux lover there are a lot flavors are waiting for you. Linux web hosting is comparatively cheap and the availability is also high. Linux web hosting supports the following platforms;
PHP, PERL, CGI-BIN, phpbb, CGI.pm, WordPress, Joomla, Drupal etc.

 Looking for affordable Linux hosting?

Windows Hosting Servers: By comparing to Linux, Windows hosting is much expensive due to the licensing cost for different applications. Linux applications are almost open-source. Windows web-hosting supports the following platforms;
Support NET framework, .ASP, ASP.NET, Jrun, php, dot nuke etc.

You can select the web hosting platform as your wish. That means, if you really have knowledge in Asp.net and not much familiar with Linux, you can simply select a Windows web hosting space for your website. If you have much knowledge in Linux, you can select a Linux space for your website.

Different web hosting environments available are;

                                                              Different types of hosting methods are available now-a-days. Here I am explaining the basics of different types of hosting techniques.

  1. Shared web hosting
  2. VPS hosting
  3. Dedicated server

1. Shared Hosting

In this web hosting method, the website is hosted under a high power high speed server along with other websites. Every website owner has their own user name and password to login to their account to manage the website hosted there. In this method the resource usages are shared for all accounts hosted on that server.

Every users can access only their permitted area and their files. Even the users wouldn’t know the total accounts in that server. This type of web hosting is a cost effective one for small/medium websites which needs high performance.

The main disadvantage is, traffic in one website on that server will effect all other website due to the sharing concept of resources.

2. VPS (Virtual Private Servers)

The speed is less for websites compared with the websites which are hosted in shared server. In this method you will get a whole server with root access. You can install/uninstall any application as your wish. You will get a dedicated resources like RAM, HDD, BW etc. This method is much expensive compared to shared but it is suitable for medium website hosting.

Here the main host node with higher resources is divided into small units with limited resources.

3. Dedicated Hosting.

In a dedicated hosting you will get more compared with the virtual hosting. In this technique the complete machine is allocated for your web hosting purpose. You will get a dedicated RAM, HDD, BW, Port speed etc. The cost is very high compared with the others. This web-hosting is suitable for large scale web-hosting, that means for hosting websites with higher connections.

In a dedicated setup the whole area will be assigned for a singe user like only one house in a compound.

That’s it. 🙂

27 Mar 2018

Adding a DNS Zone in cPanel/WHM Server

cPanel/WHM is very efficient when it comes to DNS management. You can setup a DNS zone with just a few clicks. When a website is created in WHM, a DNS zone is also created in WHM. Additionally, you can create DNS zones in WHM without adding a website.

This tutorial will briefly walk you through adding a DNS zone in WHM.

Step 1: Logging in to WHM

Being able to manage DNS zones requires access to WHM. Simply go to http://YourHostname:2087 and enter your login information. If this is your first time logging in, you can get started with the One-Click cPanel guide.

Step 2: Adding a DNS zone

On the left-hand navigation menu, find “DNS Functions” and click “Add a DNS Zone”.

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Under “Domain Information”, enter an IP address and a domain name. The IP address entered here will be used for the A records and other default records. In this example, 1.2.3.4 is the IP address, and example.com is the domain name. Click the blue button labelled “Add Zone” to add the DNS zone.

The zone will now be created. Pay close attention to the output. Upon success, it will read similar to the following:

Results of adding zone example.com

Zone created successfully for IP 1.2.3.4.
Zone is owned by system.

You can now view and edit the DNS zone by clicking “Edit DNS Zone” (from the left-hand navigation menu), choosing a zone, and clicking “Edit”. A default zone will look like this:

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You can add new entries by entering record information under “Add New Entries Below this Line”. Click “Save” to add them.

Step 3: Removing a DNS zone

You can remove a DNS zone by clicking “Delete a DNS Zone” (from the left-hand navigation menu), choosing one or more zones, and clicking “Delete”.

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Testing zones on your DNS server

The Linux dig command is a tool for performing DNS lookups. You can test zones that were added to your DNS server by specifying the IP address of your DNS server when performing a lookup.

dig @1.2.3.4 www.example.com

...
;; ANSWER SECTION:
www.example.com.        14400   IN      CNAME   example.com.
example.com.            14400   IN      A       1.2.3.4
...

Using this DNS server on the internet

For a DNS zone hosted on your cPanel/WHM server to become publicly available on the internet, the owner of the domain must set the nameservers of the domain to point at your cPanel/WHM server. The nameservers are set at the registrar (where the domain was purchased). Each registrar has their own interface for managing domains and nameservers.

If you are planning to use this server to host DNS for your own domain name, you will also need to specify glue records at your registrar. Glue records solve the problem of a looping condition during DNS lookups. For example, if you own example.com, and your cPanel/WHM server is ns1.example.com, you would need to setup glue records. Again, each registrar has their own interface for managing these records.

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