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How To Choose Web Hosting – I

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The article guides a layman on deciding for the web hosting plan they should opt for. This article is a part of the series How To Choose Web Hosting that focus on explaining the features of web hosting.

What is Web Hosting?

In simple words it means housing, serving, and maintaining your files at a machine known as server. Web hosting makes your website accessible through Internet. Just in the real life you need land to stay similarly your site needs space on the server. Web hosting companies provide space on a machine (server) where all of your website data and pages got stored. Whenever a user types your website name (http://www.znetlive.com) in their browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Mozilla), it made the request to server to fetch that particular page.

What is Disk Space in context of web hosting?

Disk Space is the amount of space that a hosting company provides to you for storing your website files – text files, graphics, scripts, and multi-media content, etc

How much Disk Space you needed?

A basic web site with just a few pages requires less than 1 MB of disk space. As you add more content and include things like downloadable files, pictures, music, and video you will require more disk space

A small or medium web site will need between 10 and 100MB of disk space. The amount of disk space you needed will get higher if you use images, videos, etc as these files are heavier than text files and require more space.

An average web page (3 graphics and 2 screen lengths of text) takes about 20 KB (to be generous). At this rate, a hosting package with 10 MB can have about 500 pages. A typical 3 minute MP3 file takes about 2.5 to 3 MB of disk space. A short video (very poor quality) can take 1 MB.

What if you exceed your allotted Disk Space?

When you choose for a hosting plan you will be provided information about disk space. Exceeding your disk space may entail you a penalty from your hosting provider. Your web hosting provider might charge higher price for exceeded disk space. You need to keep an eye on the amount of space you are using and if you see that you are about to exceed your limit, then either delete some images or heavy files that are not needed or buy extra space.

How to check the amount of disk space you are using?

Every hosting company provides a control panel in order to make to make the changes and the features allocated in your hosting plan. The control panel can tell you how much disk space is being used and the limit you got.

Know more about web hosting and related terms in How To Choose Web Hosting – II. It discusses about bandwidth,database and hosting technologies.

Rachna Ghiya is the author of this article. Find more information about the features of various hosting at http://www.znetlive.com/. ZNetlive is an international website of ZNet Technologies – India’s 4th largest Web Hosting Company offering services like Domain Registration, Web Hosting, VPS Hosting, Reseller Hosting, SSL Certificate and Online Business Apps.

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