Hosting requirements for a business web site are determined by the
site's content, intended traffic level, and required functionality.
This article provides an introduction to business web hosting, and
explains hosting features commonly required by business users.
If your web site is simply an introduction to your
company and services, your disk space requirements are likely to be
minimal. HTML code and text content does not require much disk space,
so the largest items are likely to be photos and other
embedded images. In this case, an entry-level hosting plan is likely
sufficient for your needs.
If your web site is intended as an extension of your business, you
may need databases to manage site content, customer information and
other data. You may also wish to
include sales material, brochures and reports. Such content can be
large, so may require a more advanced hosting plan, or additional disk
space for an entry-level plan.
Your web site consumes bandwidth whenever content is accessed. This
means that a page containing 100 KB of text and embedded images will
consume 100 KB of bandwidth each time that page is viewed. This may not
appear significant, but if 100 visitors view 10 such pages each day,
that's equivalent to 3 GB of bandwidth usage per month. It is therefore
important to assess both site content and expected traffic levels
before selecting your hosting plan, as you may otherwise incur
unexpected bandwidth charges.
CGI scripts are often used to provide user interfaces for
databases, as well as and other server-side functionality. Custom
scripts can be developed using Perl, C, and other CGI languages, and
many pre-written scripts are also available on the Internet. If you
intend on using such scripts, you should ensure that your hosting plan
includes CGI support.
Databases offer a fast and efficient way of storing and retrieving
data. If you need to store customer information, product details, or
other repetitive data, you may require a hosting plan with database
This is an advanced feature that also requires the development of a
front-end for writing to, and retrieving data from the database. CGI
and PHP scripts are often used for this purpose.
A secure server (SSL) provides an encrypted connection to your
domain. While this feature is commonly used by commerce sites to
collect online payments, it can also be used to provide business web
sites with a secure connection for customers to access sensitive or
A shared secure server is provided with all
FastVirtual web hosting plans.
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