Businesses have continuously invested in online marketing with the current potential on the online market as well as increasing their market base through websites. Identifing an IT firm that can host a website and carry on the relevant maintenance exercises is an option that is inevitable for small businesses that may not have an IT department but have the need of a business website. Web hosting is done under two categories which may be hosted within a Microsoft windows and Linux platforms as well as look into installation and use Apache, MySQL and PHP – AMP web stacks. Linux operation systems use LAMOP while Microsoft Windows use WAMP.
WAMP is simply installed by following onscreen instructions. Once installation of WAMP in complete a www.directory is created in the local disk and some HTML and PHP file are in the subdirectories. Your third activity will be to create a HTML page then configure it with MySQL that’s found in phpMyAdmin. Make the page site public through configuration of Apache file then create a domain name. When hosting a website in a Linux operating system install a LAMP software then check if PHP server is good after that make sure that MySQL server is up and running and if nor reboot the server . The next step is to configure the DNS to a specific IP address the configure Apache to a convenient address.
It is worth mentioning that they are a number of reasons why it is not recommendable to host your website despite having a light touch on how to host you website above. The credibility of your website may rely between hosting you website or not. Website hosting requires power supply 24/7 all days of a week to ensure it is accessible all the time. Hosting a website will also increase your power bill drastically and whenever there is a major power breakdown your home generator may not be sufficient enough to run for a long time compared to the standby generators used by IT firms which are also very expensive to acquire.
Another advantage for contracting hosting companies is that they will maintain the websites hosting hardware and software. Hosting companies have skilled and experienced staff who will manage your website as you are left with enough time to address other responsibilities. Webhosting companies also provide 24 hours on sight support services making it difficult to have an inaccessible website for a long time. Also when hosting a website you are required to solve all hitches that arise which can be very stressful and require frequent DNS configuration and troubleshooting.