What is a web server?

A web server can actually mean one of two different things, either the actual computer hardware, or the software that runs on the web server, receiving requests from clients and responding to them. Here we will take a look at the hardware. At first glance, the specifications of a web server may be very similar…

What is Linux?

One term that a web master may see when researching web hosting companies is that the server uses the Linux operating system. This may be unfamiliar to those new to web hosting, and so a brief explanation may be needed. Linux was created by Linus Torvalds in 1991, while studying at the University of Helsinki,…

What is uptime?

Often you will see that a web hosting company offers, for example, “99.5% guaranteed uptime”. What does this mean, and why is it important? Put simply, uptime is the amount of time that your web site is up and running, and available to the world. In contrast, downtime means that your web site will be…

What is ASP?

Active Server Pages, or ASP, is a server-side scripting engine that allows web site developers to add interactive functions to web pages. Such dynamically-generated pages use input from the user to determine how a web page is presented. An example of its use would be to enable a web site visitor to log into a…

What is a co-located server?

A co-located server is a server that is owned by you but located in a hosting companies’ data center. All that the hosting company will provide is rack space, power and Internet connections, and IP addresses. You are responsible for all other needs, the server hardware itself and all of the software that will be…

What Is a Dedicated Server?

Many web sites are hosted on shared servers, where many different web sites share the hardware resources of one server. In contrast, having a dedicated server means that just one web site is hosted on that server. This means that all of the resources of that server – its processor power and hard drive space…