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Piraino Enterprises Answers What is Web Hosting
What is Web Hosting? With that in mind Piraino Enterprises set out to answer that question for our prospective customers and customers without all of the technical stuff getting in the way.

"What is Web Hosting"is listed below to help you better understand the meaning and importance of each aspect of Web Hosting.

There are 4 four types of web hosting Co-located Hosting, Dedicated Hosting, Ecommerce Hosting, and Virtual Hosting. Each type of hosting has it's positives and negatives or as some might say there cost effectiveness.
The most important decision you may ever make is deciding on what type of web hosting plan to use for your website. Piraino Enterprises web hosting plans give you a variety of choices that are suited for
businesses, organizations and for personal websites. The four Piraino Enterprises hosting options are:

Co-located Web Hosting
 "What is Co-Located Web Hosting" 
Co-located Web Hosting - A co-located hosting plan requires you to purchase a web server that is located at a third party facility designed with resources which include: a secure cage or cabinet, regulated power, dedicated internet connection, security and support. These co-location facilities offer the customer a secure place to physically house their hardware and equipment as opposed to locating it in their offices or warehouse where the potential for fire, theft or vandalism is much greater. While a co-located solution is perfect for businesses who require a large amount of bandwidth and storage, physical access to your server may be an issue.

Dedicated Web Hosting
"What is Dedicated Web Hosting?" 
Dedicated Web Hosting - A dedicated hosting plan. Designed for businesses looking to attract and maintain a high traffic-base, a dedicated server can be the best web hosting solution. Combining the advantages of a Virtual Hosts' technical support with the connectivity and stability of owning your own server, a dedicated hosting account gives you precise control over the functionality of your site - and is perfect for those organizations who do not wish to make the substantial investment required to own and operate a server in-house.
Available for most platforms dedicated servers do incur a higher monthly cost when compared to their shared counterparts, but are still very affordable as compared with the cost of purchasing and maintaining your own server, data and hardware security.
 Do I need a Dedicated Server?
How much control of your website do you want? Dedicated hosting plans allow businesses and organizations of any size to rent pre-configured, state-of-the-art equipment and connectivity from the service provider. While a virtual hosting plan requires you to share bandwidth and storage space with other clients. Dedicated hosting gives you the opportunity to have an entire server for your exclusive use.
By renting your own "server" you can exercise 100% control over your Website. The down side is you must be able to setup and configure the server. Which includes:
Choosing and configuring the operating system for your server
Installing any third-party software and applications you wish
Individualizing server settings for faster delivery of multimedia and Ecommerce applications
Customizing and partitioning the storage space to your unique requirements.
Customizing the CPU and clock speed
The drawback of a dedicated hosting plan is that dedicated servers typically cost much more than using a shared server, and often the level of technical knowledge required keeps them out of reach of beginners.
Running your Website from a dedicated server can be a benefit if your website requires:
The implementation of custom software
A lot of storage space
A large amount of bandwidth
A high degree of security
Basically if your Website has sophisticated needs, you will benefit from a Dedicated Hosting Plan, since it will permit you to deploy complex applications such as:
Databases (mySQL, SQL, Oracle, postgresql, ColdFusion etc)
Streaming Media (real, WinMP, Quicktime etc)
High-end mail solutions and handlers
Third-party tracking software
Any other storage or bandwidth-heavy application

Ecommerce Web Hosting
  "What is Ecommerce Web Hosting"
Ecommerce Web Hosting - Ecommerce hosting is typically, a customer who wants a Website with: domain name registration assistance, multiple domain names that map to the registered domain name, an allocation of file storage and directory setup for the Website files (HTML and graphic image files), e-mail addresses, and Website creation services. Easy for people to download and you need to capture information that your site visitors send to you -- like registrations, orders and credit card data -- as quickly as possible." That means you need a host with bandwidth to spare.  

Choosing Piraino Enterprises Ecommerce Hosting
Most small and mid-size online businesses aren't candidates for hosting their own sites in-house -- the setup costs for server hardware, bandwidth capacity and software development are beyond the means of most. And once the server is set up, ongoing maintenance can be challenging and costly.
Fortunately, Piraino Enterprises specializes in economical Web Hosting that enables even the smallest e-business to gain an online presence quickly and inexpensively. But as an online business, you have a number of special needs that someone running a personal home page does not. That's why free Web hosting bundled together with your basic monthly fee from your ISP, or free home pages through services like Tripod or Yahoo! are generally poor choices for sites that generate transactions.
Ten key issues should be on your checklist as you select your Ecommerce host:
1) Bandwidth
"You need your site to be easy for people to download and you need to capture information that your site visitors send to you -- like registrations, orders and credit card data -- as quickly as possible." That means you need a host with bandwidth to spare. 
Piraino Enterprises has all you need and at a Economical price.
2) Proximity to Backbone
Many hosting companies connect to larger Internet connectivity providers, running a commercial phone line "upstream" to the larger company, who in turn might be running a connection to yet another "upstream" provider. The further "downstream" your provider is, the more chances there are for things to go wrong, as your data is handed off with each upstream connection.
Ask potential hosts: "How many hops are you to the backbone?" A "hop" refers to each server or router location Internet traffic must travel through before continuing on to its destination. Ideally, you want a host with few hops  or whose machines actually sit on the Internet backbone itself. Piraino Enterprises Ecommerce Hosting is back boned to the Internet. No "hops" here.
3) Server Setup
Piraino Enterprises Ecommerce Hosting Servers are State of The Art
multi-processor server machines with 1393.919 MHz speed and 1024 KB cache.
4) Redundancy and Reliability
As we all know from experience, nothing ever works right all of the time. A vital measure of a reliable host is its preparation for the unexpected. Piraino Enterprises has multi-homed Internet connections. This means connectivity provided by more than one backbone provider to ensure maximum reliability. Websites are backed up daily and you have Web Browser access to them at any time.
5) Disk Space
As a general rule, you won't need as much as you think. Ecommerce  hosting packages start at 750MB of hard disk space - enough for 1000 typical web pages, and we can easily increase your disk allocation.
6) Site Creation and Commerce Tools
Piraino Enterprises incorporates easy-to-use software for building online catalogs. This will enable you to maintain your storefront without the need of an outside developer. Some of the most widespread and easy-to-use packages are:
· Ecommerce Templates
· Store Front
7) Security
The current standard for the security of online transactions is Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption. This protocol encrypts the transaction data as it passes over the Internet. However, a digital certificate is needed to verify the merchant's identity. Piraino Enterprises can supply and install the SSL certificate for you at a very low cost.
8) Payment Processing
To accept credit cards online, you will need to acquire the service of a payment processor. A payment processing service handles credit card transactions between a Web business and merchant account in real time. Your payment processor choice will depend on which shopping cart solution you choose, since most have at least one payment processing component built-in. Three of the most popular payment processors are:
· PayPal
· 2CheckOut
· Authorize net
Also check with your merchant bank, as it may have relationships with one or more of the above processors. Important: You will need to apply for a merchant account on your own, as any business accepting credit cards must. These companies will help you use your merchant account for your site, but they are not banks, and cannot offer accounts themselves.
9) Back-End Integration
Many site owners will want to feed data from their Websites directly to their existing accounting, inventory and consumer database systems. Piraino Enterprises will assist with the integration. While you might not consider this an important issue as you start up your site, if you succeed in building a business online, integration of your systems will become a significant issue, Piraino Enterprises scalability and service is second to none.
10) Cost
Last, but certainly not least, is the cost of getting started and maintaining your online presence. Many smaller site owners receive excellent service from their hosts for as little at $100 per month. But the more success you have, the more support you'll need. Large companies often pay their hosts as much as six figures per month. How much will you have to pay?
Piraino Enterprises Ecommerce Hosting Packages start at $50.00
If you don't already have your domain name registered, you can register it at StealaDomainName.com for only $10.00 (a Division of Piraino Enterprises) or we will register it for you.
Software licenses for Ecommerce catalog applications range from $250 at the low end, and can cost many times that if you need customization, or serve a very large number of customers.

Virtual Web Hosting
"What is Virtual Web Hosting" 
Virtual Web Hosting - A virtual hosting plan is sometimes called a Web or Internet "space provider." Typically, virtual hosting provides a customer who wants a Website with: domain name registration assistance, multiple domain names that map to the registered domain name, an allocation of file storage and directory setup for the Website files (HTML and graphic image files), e-mail addresses, and Website creation services. The virtual hosting user (the Website owner) needs only to have a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) program for exchanging files with the virtual host. Virtual hosting is ideal for small to medium-sized businesses who will not use large amounts of bandwidth and storage.


The most important decision you may ever make is deciding on what type of web hosting plan to use for your website. Piraino Enterprises web hosting plans give you a variety of choices that are suited for businesses, organizations and for personal web sites. 
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