Web Development – What is Website Hosting
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Web Development – What is Website Hosting


Welcome back to web technology core concepts
at Learning Journal. In the earlier video, I talked about the need
for a web server. You might be wondering that if we install
a web server software on our computer, can we run a website from our home.
The answer is a Yes and a No. Technically you can host a website on your home computer
with some additional settings and configurations. However, we donnot do that for some practical
and economic reasons. And that’s what we want to discuss in this
video. We have following primary challenges to host
a website on our home computer. You need a constant, high speed, Internet
connection with a massive data plan. You need a continuous power supply for your
computer and your router. You need a static IP address for your computer.
There are some other challenges as well, but at this stage, these three are enough to reject
the idea of hosting a website at your home. If your Internet connection is down, or your
computer is switched-off due to some power failure, or it fails due to some hardware
or software problem, that means your website is also down for the
same time. You might not want that to happen. Right?
Assume that the size of your web page is 1 MB.
To support ten views per second, you need a little more than a 10MBps Internet connection.
You should also add the cost of electricity and power backup. The cost to host a website
at your home is an expensive affair. We are not even considering the cost and effort
of a backup system and a technical person to maintain this system.
The cost and the complexity is the main reason behind rejecting the idea of hosting a website
at your home computer. The static IP address is another reason that
holds us back from hosting a website on our computer.
The IP address is one of the most critical components of your website address.
If the IP address changes, the request from the browser won’t be able to reach to your
computer. Right? It is like the phone number has changed and
the call goes to the wrong person. The IP address should not change. And that’s
not the case with our standard home Internet connection.
Every time you connect your computer to the Internet, your ISP assigns an IP address to
your computer. But they do not guarantee that your computer
gets the same IP address every time. I hope you understand the main challenges.
So, where to host your website? Well, You need a website hosting service.
What is that? Some companies offer you an economical and
simple solution to host your website. They take care of the computer, the web server
software, Internet connection, speed, bandwidth, power supply, IP address, hardware failures,
software upgrades, maintenance and many other problems. In fact, they take care of the most
of your headache for a reasonable price. There is a variety of hosting services, and
they name it differently depending on the services and technology they offer.
Some of the standard terms used for hosting services are listed here.
You keep searching for the types of hosting services, and you will be discovering a bunch
of different terms. So don’t get trapped into those fancy names.
End of the day, they all are different packages of the hosting service.
And by the end of this learning path, you will be well equipped to select a right hosting
service for your projects. You will be amazed to know that there are
companies, which offer a free hosting service for beginners and startups.
You don’t need to pay a penny in the beginning. However, you will be spending a reasonable
price when your website grows bigger. As we progress through the training, we will
help you understand the process of hosting and deploying your website to some of these
vendors. But for now, I want you to become familiar
with the concepts and the terminologies. See you again in the next video.
Thank you for watching Learning Journal. Keep learning and keep growing.

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