One can run their own web hosting in-house. There are scenarios in which that is the wise choice.
If you have an IT department it may be cost effective to host in-house. Security is a major concern. In-house hosting poses considerable risks. But those risks can be mitigated.
In-house Internet service bandwidth and the number of concurrent users of the web site are also deciding criteria. Either a small number of concurrent site users (50 or less) or a large number (1000's or more) can be grounds for in-house hosting.
Intermediate numbers may be more economically handled by out sourcing hosting to an ISP.
We can help you decide which is best and most economical for your hosting situation.
Co-Location means the server is owned by the web site owner. The server is located at the ISP's facility.
This is a wise choice when communication services are expensive. Also, some businesses are located in remote locations. Obtaining adequate Internet bandwidth may not be possible. In such a case it may be most effective to own the computer and locate it at an ISP's and use their large bandwidth connections.
Backup power, computer repair tech's and large bandwidth connections are available at most large ISP's. Better ISP's provide security and control access to the physical computers hosting the site.
Some what similar to co-location the difference is that the actual computer is leased rather than owned. The ISP provides the hardware, operating system software, Internet connection, and maintains the basic computer and software. These accounts are often referred to as Managed Dedicated Servers.
Dedicated and shared servers are very similar with one important difference. A dedicated server is DEDICATED to one client. Because you are the only client in the computer you have Administrator access to the computer. You can install almost any software you want and configure the computer to suit your needs.
Shared servers are shared between several owners/web sites. Administrative access must be restricted to provide security to everyone and privacy.
Shared hosting is most common. It can be the least expensive too. But it has limitations. In some cases one must share a single IP address (sort of a computer's phone number) with numerous other web sites. In most cases this is not a problem. But it can be if one of the other sites decides to spam the world and the shared IP address gets blacklisted.
Some shared hosting accounts have their own IP address and avoid those problems. We only use accounts with their own IP address.
While the software one can install and configuration of a shared server are a compromise, shared is often the best choice for simple web sites.
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Residential Hosting is usually done by hobbyists and experimenters. It is certainly possible and numerous web sites explain how to do it. Google 'how to' host web site from home.
We do not offer support for residential hosting.
We have no clue what type of hosting you need until we talk to you. Tell us what you want to do. We can tell you what we think is the best way to go. Give us a call. We will talk to you at no cost.
What does hosting typically cost? Shared hosting can be as little as $50 per year plus domain name registration fees of $7 per year. See our section on web design for examples of low cost sites.
Linux shared hosting typically costs $250 per year.
Windows 2000/2003 hosting typically costs $350 per year.
Cost is not the deciding factor in which type of hosting you choose. The cost and hosting depends on what you want the site to do. We prefer Windows accounts. Our web design costs are lower with them. The cost difference is usually way more than the $100 per year difference in hosting fees.
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