Web Hosting FAQs: Sales and General Information
1. What is a web site?
A Web site is a collection of files that includes a main file called a home page or index page. Typically, you will, as a person or company, tell someone how to get to your web site by providing your home page address. For example, http://www.simplenet.com is the home page for the SimpleNet web site. From the home page, you can get to all the other pages on the site. A web site may include text, graphics, audio and video files, and hyperlinks to other web pages.
2. Is shared web site hosting the solution for me?
Shared web site hosting is much like living in an apartment versus a house. An apartment provides a living space that is cost-effective, low-maintenance and secure. Where as, a home provides one with larger space, but also larger payments, insurance, risk, and care costs. An apartment building contains several units under one roof. Shared hosting is the same. Several web sites are stored on a powerful, professionally managed server, at a low monthly cost.
Shared web site hosting is the perfect place for beginners and for those who are experienced in web design, but do not need the added responsibilities of a dedicated server.
3. Why is the SimpleNet shared hosting architecture superior?
Our revolutionary hosting architecture is the latest step to, once again, exceed the standards and expectations of the industry. Architecture is the difference between a web hosting provider that does everything to help their clients be successful and those who merely throw up a page and announce that they are a web host. Learn about our shared hosting architecture below. Our solution incorporates each of the following critical components.
A firewall is a system designed to prevent unauthorized access to your web site. A firewall examines each network packet to determine whether to allow it to reach its requested destination or prohibit it and report it for further analysis.
Load balancing is dividing the amount of work that a server has to do between multiple servers so that more work gets done in the same amount of time and, in general, all web sites requests get served faster. The load balancers stay in constant contact with the servers to determine how busy they are and/or if one of them has failed.
- Continuously checks status of web servers
- Determines best server for a web site request
- Provides multi-server redundancy to prevent critical failures
- Automatically takes a troubled server offline and sends an alert
A server is the hardware/software combination that serves requested web pages, files or other information. Servers answer requests from web browsers to provide information from web sites, email and databases. Then, sends that information to the requesting browser.
- Multiple server clustering ensures against individual system failure
- Excess servers provide for burst capacity (excess requests)
- Distributes requests across multiple servers to maximize performance
- Servers are internally redundant and tuned for optimal performance
SimpleNet uses Network Appliance® storage solutions with multiple auto-fail over and hot-swappable drives to ensure continuous delivery of your web content.
- Drives are continuously tested for performance and reliability
- Each unit has redundant power supplies
- Faulty drives are automatically removed, replaced and reported