To be able to have a website or create e-mail addresses, a place on the internet is needed, and this is where a so-called “webbhotell” comes into the picture. Depending on which web host you decide to use, there are different features and possibilities. A web host is thus, like a regular hotel, a place where you rent to, for example, make web pages available to other visitors.
Who Needs a Web Host?
Everyone who wants to be seen on the internet needs a web host and all pages that they wish to publish must have a “home address” from which they can be visited. When using a webhosting you often get access to technical support, which can be good if technical problems arise. Different web hosts provide different add-on services so it can be good to find out exactly what needs one has for their web pages.
Many web hosts provide ways to easily build their pages. It can be from simple website builders, to CMS programs, like WordPress or Drupal. Often there is a simpler one-click installation of the above mentioned programs, which can otherwise be a relatively difficult process to install, since you have bought a space in the web hotel. The competition is fierce and it pays to look around between different web hosts to get the solution and the price that is just right for the purpose.
Statistics and optimization
Web hosting can also offer search engine optimization, and offer some visitor statistics. It may differentiate between different hosting companies if such additional services are included or need to be purchased afterwards. In a web host you usually get access to an e-mail account and it is easy to create a collection of similar e-mail addresses that follow the same main address as the page. For those who want to create an online store, some web hosting companies also offer solutions for this. Sometimes you can also access word processing programs and special image editing programs.
WordPress is open source software and up to a third of the Internet uses WordPress as a tool for creating pages. WordPress is basically free but you can buy for specific themes, if you want a more unique “look” or functionality.
WordPress is a so-called content management system (CMS) and is ideally suited for creating blogs as well as more traditional web pages. This publishing tool has evolved from being a blog management system to being able to offer solutions for most content types. You can log in to your login page at any time and create content, only you have access to the Internet. For a long time, the tool was seen as just a way to maintain a blog, but today it is a fully developed program, for creating any website.
Over 56,000 additions
One of the necessary functions that users want is the additional possibilities, which can be seen as small programs, which perform different functions. Currently, there are over 56,000 different additions to choose from and new ones are constantly being developed. It can range from extensions that provide statistics on visitors, protection against hackers to various payment solutions if you run an online store. When you create your website in WordPress, you start by choosing a finished theme, which then determines the visual and the design. You can then implement the changes you want yourself, but the main theme will determine the major features, so it is important to have a plan from the beginning.
The easiest way to install WordPress and then immediately start using it is to install it from a web host. Usually, one so-called one-click installation is offered and then it is easy to get started. Anyone who will install it on their own needs a fair amount of prior knowledge, but there is good information on the web, and YouTube videos that go through how to do it.
A Dedicated server is a computer that is made to receive calls, and then sends data back over the internet to other computers.
Usually, many people use the server, and it receives calls from many users. A dedicated server is used instead by only one individual, or one application, or by an organization. It is thus dedicated to a selected purpose.
You can use a dedicated server for a variety of tasks. For example, to store services and applications, or internally to provide specific services, such as a file or network server.
If a site has to handle very large volumes of traffic, such as twenty million visits per day, then a dedicated server may be needed. When you hire one of these companies, you are usually offered a certain amount of space, bandwidth or memory. Bandwidth means that you can use a certain amount of gigabytes of data every month. A person renting a dedicated server can also resell the space, for example, she or he can offer others to store their web pages on the server. Then you also usually have the opportunity to offer FTP, domain name system and e-mail to their customers, and you can manage their dedicated server via a web interface.
The advantage of using this type of storage is that you do not need to share bandwidth and space with other organizations, so you can be sure that the server will be able to support your business needs. A dedicated server usually costs more than a shared one, but you have more opportunity to customize it so that you can handle when website traffic goes up. You can also customize the server with software that fits exactly what you need. More technical knowledge is required of those who choose to use a dedicated server. But if this requires too much time or money, you can opt for a service that offers server management.