Web hosting can be obtained free of cost from cloud-based Web development platforms that allows users to create HTML5 websites and mobile sites, through the use of online drag and drop tools. Users can add functionality such as social plugins, e-commerce, contact forms, e-mail marketing, and community forums to their Web sites using a variety of integrated applications.
Most of these platforms run on a freemium business model. These providers earn revenues through premium upgrades. Users must purchase premium packages in order to connect their sites to their own domains, remove ads, add e-commerce capabilities, buy extra data storage and bandwidth. New users, hobbyists, or Internet enthusiasts looking to leverage the most inexpensive Web resources usually tend to use free hosting.
The “paid” class of Web hosting services however provides a greater range of services. Paid services are normally offered by Internet service providers (ISPs) or by hosting service providers (HSPs) such as Webhosting.Net. Paid services provide a reliable set of offerings that ensure domain name personalization, service depth and high levels of quality of service. The paid class of Web hosting includes services specifically designed for small and large business.
Many designers and developers build custom business Web sites and applications for specific software and server environments. As a result, they and their customers require specially customized hosting environments. Designers and developers usually either resell these specific environments to their clients, or build and maintain the hosting infrastructure themselves.
Small business will usually select pure play Web hosts such as Webhosting.net to provide their hosting environment, if they have designed their own Web site and simply want to establish and maintain an Internet presence. These companies usually offer tools that allow for the easy self-management of provisioned services. Small business hosting is usually an amalgam of online software and services that a consumer can access to easily maintain their Web site.
Small business hosting is designed to service Web sites that receive a smaller amount of Internet traffic. As a result, the amount of hosting resources offered to a small business is proportional to its technical requirements. This means that small business hosting usually offers entry-level tools and services that are most often shared among a number of similar consumers.
Small business hosting at a minimum offers ample storage space for a consumers Web pages. The service also provides a number of e-mail accounts, so that consumers can communicate by way of their own personalized addresses. Small business hosting also provides consumers with basic scripting and database services so that consumers can build Web sites with a level of interactivity via online forms that capture important prospective customer contact information. Premium small business services will also provide consumers with the capacity to sell goods and services online through an online store or catalogue. Premium services also provide consumers with the capacity to design and market their Website.
The key to reliable small business hosting is that all of these services can be self-provisioned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by the small business itself. Small business hosting differentiates itself from other services by offering consumers a fully self-contained environment that can be entirely controlled via an easy, online, graphical interface, entitled a control panel and customized by whatever means, by whatever software.
Large business hosting is different since it is designed to accommodate a huge amount of Internet traffic. As a result, large businesses are provisioned their own individual hosting environments that contain greater technical capacity to relay content and interface with sophisticated databases. Often, large business-class hosting services are managed, because they are highly administered by the service provider. Larger enterprises can also opt for full technical management of their outsourced hosting services by their in-house IT staff. Such services are normally referred to as complex and are much more expensive than the more simple hosting services offered to individuals and small business. Webhosting.Net is proud to offer both classes of hosting to its clientele. Small businesses can leverage the firms shared hosting offerings, while enterprise-class businesses can opt from a wide array of application hosting and cloud service products.