A website hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to provide their own websites accessible via the World Wide Web. Website hosts are companies that provide space on a server they own for use by their clients as well as providing Internet connectivity, typically in a data center. Webhosts can also provide data center space and connectivity to the Internet for servers they do not own to be located in their data center, called colocationnal.
Website hosting services vary widely. The most basic is webpage and small-scale file hosting, where files can be uploaded via File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or a Web interface. The files are usually delivered to the Web "as is" or with very little processing. Many Internet service providers (ISPs) offer this service for free to their subscribers. People can also obtain Web page hosting from other, alternative service providers. Personal web site hosting is typically free, advertisement-sponsored, or cheap. Business web site hosting often has a higher expense.
Single page hosting is generally sufficient only for personal web pages. A complex site calls for a more comprehensive package that provides database support and application development platforms (e.g. PHP, Java, and ASP.NET). These facilities allow the customers to write or install scripts for applications like forums and content management.
The website host may also provide an interface control panel (e.g. cPanel, Plesk or others) for managing the Web server and installing scripts as well as other services like e-mail. Recently, Web.com holds many patents it claims cover broad methods for website building and web control panels.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOUTH AFRICAN AND INTERNATIONAL HOSTING
The difference is where the web servers are physically located and the response time of the servers (ping / latency). Another major difference is the cost of data. South Africa’s data fees are quite high compared to the rest of the world and this is why companies choose to make their high speed servers based either in Canada, Germany or the USA available to their clients as an alternative to their local servers. The majority of viewer will never notices a difference in the speed of your website if you host it on our international servers.
Local web hosting would be great for lower traffic websites, where as international hosting will offer you more resources for the same amount per month with very little difference in speed.