How To Choose Web Hosting - II

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This article is in continuation to the article How To Choose Web Hosting - I. The previous article talked about disk space and this article will focus on Bandwidth, database and hosting technologies.

If you find yourself confused by what you've read to this point, don't despair. Everything should be crystal clear by the time you finish.

What is meant by Bandwidth in context of web hosting?

It refers to the amount of data that transfers into and out of your web hosting account.

A small or medium web site will consume between 1GB and 5GB of data transfer per month.

Calculate the following: average page size * expected page views per month

Example: If your average page size is 30KB and you expect 50,000 page views per month, you will need 0.03MB * 50,000 = 1.5GB.

The best way to calculate the amount of bandwidth you need is to calculate the size of your downloadable content and multiply by the number of visitors you receive each month. Add to that the number of emails sent and received and other content such as FTP uploads.

Database in context of web hosting

Database stores data that can be product name, product description, customer name, customer address or the information that appears on web pages. The database helps to serve information dynamically as it is requested by the user. You might have seen the sites where you can get all the products in the particular price range. It can also be used for storing and accessing customer records and customizing the page according to customer's previous purchases. SQL (Standard Query Language) is a standard language for accessing databases.

Hosting Technologies

Windows Hosting - Windows hosting means hosting of web services that runs on the Windows operating system. Windows Hosting must be needed if ASP (Active Server Pages) is used as server scripting/programming language, or if you plan to use a database like Microsoft Access or Microsoft SQL Server.

Unix Hosting - Unix hosting means hosting of web services that runs on the Unix operating system.

Linux Hosting - Linux hosting means hosting of web services that runs on the Linux operating system.

The difference in all these operating systems lies in the type of software each can run. Windows is suitable for Microsoft products such as MS Access databases, ASP for delivering dynamic content, and VBScript for site enhancements. UNIX cannot accommodate these technologies so if you absolutely need ASP or VBScript you should pick a Windows host. UNIX hosts deliver dynamic content by using software such as PHP, CGI, and MySQL - technologies which are also available on Windows hosts.

Windows is necessary for hosting Windows media files such as videos and audio. Other types of media such as MP3, Flash, Shockwave and Real can be handled by either UNIX or Windows.

To know more about web hosting please check article titled as Choosing The Right Type of Web Hosting
Rachna Ghiya is the author of this article. Find more information about the features of various hosting at ZNetlive is an international website of ZNet Technologies - India's 4th largest Web Hosting Company offering services like Domain Registration, Web Hosting, Business Email, Websites, and Business Apps.

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