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Introduction to Hosting Websites
By: Joe Eitel
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    2009-07-15

    Table of Contents:
  • Introduction to Hosting Websites
  • Web Hosting Pros and Cons
  • What is a Server?
  • Server Requirements

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    Have you considered hosting your own website? It's not unusual for a company to decide that this might be the way to go, but if you do, make sure you're doing it for the right reasons. This three-part article series shows you the ramifications of this decision and explains everything you must consider if and when you take the plunge.

    If you are in the technology sector, chances are that you have—at some point or another—come across website hosting. Almost every business has a website, and many technology companies take advantage of websites for multiple purposes including organizing, infrastructure, and public relations.

    It is common for many businesses to outsource their website hosting along with their website development. However, many choose to take the less expensive route and obtain their own website hosting. They rent out the server space from a company specifically designed to host websites. This is generally a cost effective measure, but for some businesses, it is just not enough.

    If you really want to have control over your web server and the freedom and flexibility to do whatever you want, then you have to host your website(s) yourself. Some companies choose to go this route, but do it for the wrong reasons.

    For instance, some think that it will be more cost effective or that they will even be able to turn a profit by renting out the server space to others. The fact of the matter is that unless you are designing a company specifically to offer web hosting services, then you should not be looking to host your own websites because of the money. Chances are that you are not going to come out ahead.

    Hosting your own website is a very complicated and involved procedure. You have to have a very good reason to want to do it, and you have to have the ability, money, and patience to make it work. At the same time, the reward for hosting your own websites can be high. You do not have to worry about maintenance that you are not aware of, you have control over the features that you are able to use, and you are not at the mercy of another company.

    Overall, hosting your own website is not a good choice for the vast majority of businesses. However, if you have researched the subject and are confident that it is the right track for you, then you should go ahead and learn everything that you can in order to minimize the pain of the process.

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