There are many ways to host your website. Your hosting could be on shared servers, dedicated servers or on a closed platform such as Having your website on a closed platform is useful, as there are sometimes no costs involved for hosting. One possible negative is that if the platform should close, you may well lose your content and site altogether.

One solution is hosting your website on a shared or dedicated server, as mentioned earlier. These hosting platforms allow you access to your site whenever you need to. These also have the same uptime as a closed platform as well as most of the same options when it comes to hosting a website with a CMS such as WordPress, Shopify, and the like.

E-mpower.IT will listen to your needs and create a hosting plan that best suits your business’s individual criteria.

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Once you have built your website, you will need to make it accessible via the world wide web. Hosting your website simply means that you rent space on a web server, usually located in a data centre, which you then use to store and server your website files.

There are many different types of hosting available with a brief explanation of the most common options below:

Managed Hosting:

Managed Hosting from E-mpower combines the capacity of a dedicated server with the reassurance of ultimate control belonging to experienced webmasters.

Your website is hosted on a single dedicated Web server but you are not granted full control over it (root access for Linux/administrator access for Windows); however, you are allowed to manage your data via FTP or other remote management tools. You are disallowed full control so that the provider can guarantee quality of service by not allowing the user to modify the server or potentially create configuration problems

Managed Hosting is ideal for large online corporations, as the extra room allowed by the exclusivity of the server can enable more programs and computer to run off the server, whilst ensuring that the server is managed and maintained by experienced webmasters, allowing you to concentrate on running your business!

Dedicated Servers:

Dedicated Servers from E-mpower are the ultimate way to serve your website's files, with your business holding full administrative control of the server.

Your website (and only your website) is placed on a single Web server and you gain full control over it (root access for Linux/administrator access for Windows); however, the you do not own the server.

A Dedicated Server offers increased speed, storage space and bandwidth but this performance does come at a price – dedicated servers are more expensive than shared hosting.

Shared hosting:

Shared Hosting from E-mpower is a low cost way to get your website online. By pooling resources with similarly sized sites, you keep cost to a minimum.

Your website is placed on the same server as many other sites, ranging from a few to hundreds or thousands. Typically, all websites will share a common pool of server resources, such as RAM and the CPU.

This is a very popular option due to the low cost, however there are some disadvantages such as poor performance due to the heavy loads caused by other people's big databases or exhaustive CPU processes, email delivery problems caused by complaints against other sites, or even downtime caused by denial of service attack against someone else on the same server.

Linux vs Windows:

Your choice of server platforms should be dictated by the use to which you intend to put it. The majority of web features run fine on both platforms including PHP, mySQL, POP3 etc.

If you intend to create your site using ASP, FrontPage, the .NET environment, Windows Streaming Media, Access, MSSQL, or any of the other Microsoft proprietary technologies then you probably need to use a Windows host.

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