Introduction to Hosting Websites - Server Requirements
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The biggest requirement for a web server is that it be connected to a fast Internet connection. Your server will be uploading files to other computers all over the world; if it takes too long to do it, then you will frustrate viewers and lose traffic to your website. The type of connection is not all that important as long as it has a fast upload and download rate.
If there are no server-sized Internet connections available to you, there is always the option of buying a server or space in a server bank. While you will not have physical access to your server, it will likely be hosted in an environment that is much more conducive to proper functioning than you can provide. Unless you are running a large IT company that has use for a lot of servers, you should probably look into taking advantage of an existing server bank.
Once you have an Internet connection, you have to get the server itself. Web servers do not require a lot of resources to function well; it does not take a lot of processor speed or RAM storage to process page requests. However, there are things in which you should invest. Having some sort of file backup such as RAID is a good idea so that you do not lose your website. You may even look into parallel server technology that will allow one redundant server to take over if the other fails. Technology depends largely upon your needs. If you are not sure about what you need or how to achieve it, then you should consult with an IT professional.
Once you have obtained the server and Internet connection, all that is left is to install the appropriate software. As with the server, the software that you want mostly depends on preference and circumstance. You should look into all of the various software packages to find one that works best for you. Again, if you are not entirely sure how to go about this, then you should invest some money and consult with an IT professional.
After the software is installed, all that remains is to load up the website and set the preferences. As with the previous steps, there are many different ways to do this, and the way that you choose just depends on your circumstances and preferences.
Now that you know what it takes to host a website, you can spend a little more time investigating the specifics of your needs and how to deal with them.
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