Web hosting is a service that allocates space for customers to have their websites on computer servers. Servers are powerful computers that have large hard drives or array of hard drives. Each server on Internet has a unique IP (Internet Protocol) address. This provides specific addresses to each web hosting company.
There are different types of web hosting services. Prices of these web hosting vary from few dollars to hundreds of US dollars a year depending upon services offered by individual web hosting companies. Web hosting services that provide high bandwidth are quite costly.
Web hosting for personal website that do not require any special business tools such as point of sales packages, credit card processing, could be very cheap. If a website put up by a user does not contain any graphics or sound files then it is beneficial for user to opt for low cost web hosting. Rates for low cost web hosting may vary from $1 to $20 a month.
Network speed is an important feature that has to be provided by Internet web host. A good host may have more than one optical carrier line providing connection to Internet. Another point of consideration is amount of bandwidth provided by web-hosting providers. Small business web hosting providers have fewer servers and may be unable to offer huge bandwidth. Majority of sites currently featured on Internet use less than 2 GB of bandwidth a month. A site getting 6000 visits a month could be under 5 GB of bandwidth.
Low cost web hosting companies claim to provide unlimited disk space to users and high speed data transfer. Most such claims prove to be false as it is not feasible to provide customers with large number of storage and data transfer with limited capabilities. To be able to provide such services, they may need to upgrade bandwidth capacity.
Customer service offered by low cost web hosting may not be necessarily good. User may use their discretion to decide which web hosting is beneficial.