What does Web Hosting Checker do?
Web Hosting Checker + Whois is available on www.webhostingwhois.com. Simply enter the website address / URL in our Hosting Checker's Input / url box, and it will display the server IP address, domain name and the name of the hosting service provider.
It can also provide other information about the entered site. It can tell the type of service being used; the location of the service provider, the servers on which the hosting service is being provided, and in certain cases the details of the domain owner and the email address.
It's a handy tool for SEOs, website owners and webmasters. They want to know exactly where their service is being hosted from, and if it is in a secure location and well managed.
What is an IP address?
An IP (Internet Protocol) address is a physical address of a server (computer) on the Internet. It is written as a series of four numbers, separated by periods. Each of the numbers ranges from 0 to 255. It is where the actual website resides.
As an example, consider 184.108.40.206. It is the IP address of one of the servers (computers) that hosts the "yahoo.com" web portal.
Any Internet server is identified by a particular IP address. This server hosts one or more websites, and makes them accessible to online users.
What is a domain name?
A domain name is a Net resource name that corresponds to a specific IP address of a server on the Internet. It is a website address that you type in the browser's address bar to open any web page.
An example of the domain name is - google.com. Remember, the complete site's URL you see in the browser's address bar may look https://www.google.com. Here, https is the protocol, and www is a subdomain. You have to purchase a domain from registrars like Google Domains (URL: https://domains.google) for a specific period, and continue the subscription continuously to keep it under your ownership.
What is web hosting?
Web hosting is a service that allows organizations and individuals to post a website or web page onto the Internet.
A web host is the company that has the servers, which render that website or page to be viewed by online users. Basically, there are four different types of hosting from shared, virtual private server (VPS), dedicated, to cloud hosting that you can use for your website, depending on your budgets and needs.
What is shared (web) hosting?
Shared hosting is an Internet hosting which provides you with a certain portion of server resources for your data and websites. In shared hosting, the web hosting accounts are hosted on the same physical server, sharing resources. Each account can typtically host serveral websites.
As the cost of shared hosting is the lowest among the three types of web hosting, beginners of web development are recommended to employ shared hosting initially.
What is VPS hosting?
Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting is a type of Internet hosting that allows fewer users to use isolated instances (i.e., virtual servers / machines) on the same physical / dedicated server.
Unlike shared web hosting, not all resources are shared on a VPS. The overall CPU time and memory (RAM) are shared across all virtual servers on the physical server. But at the same time, only fixed portions of those resources are allocated to each VPS. This allows for more power than being on a shared web host, thus enables each user on the VPS to function independently without annoyance from any other users. Hence, we can view VPS hosting as a smaller version of dedicated hosting, and the price of VPS is just a fraction of those for dedicated hosting.
Since each private server is allotted certain amount of RAM and CPU time, VPS generally comes at a higher price than shared hosting.
What is dedicated hosting?
Dedicated hosting or server is an Internet hosting in which a physical server (machine) is dedicated to a single business client. The client has complete control over the machine, so they can choose their favourite operating system and web server software. By changing the server configuration, they can optimize the server for their own requirements, including performance, security and features. The web host provides the physical server and its hosting environment, the associated maintenance service and technical support for their clients.
Dedicated hosting is ideal for websites or web applications with a lot of visitors daily. And the price of dedicated hosting is expensive, usually over US $100 a month.
What is cloud hosting?
Cloud hosting is a type of Internet hosting on the cloud computing platform (also known as public cloud or just cloud).
The cloud is simply a network of physical and virtual servers running together to form a hosting environment. Such a system of servers are distributed around the globe. Because of its extent, hosting a website or an application on the cloud ensures performance, scalability and flexibility. The interconnected (virtual) servers have backup of the cloud applications or websites. That means that if one virtual server malfunctions (or is down), the other servers of the cloud will respond and quickly take the place of the down server. Thus, the website users' accessibility to online resources is almost guaranteed, too.
Cloud hosting is especially suited to host websites with a very large number of visitors, as multiple, distributed servers can operate to address the sites' high traffic demand.
You can use our Web Hosting Checker with Whois to find out if a site employs cloud hosting. Popular choices of cloud service provider include Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services and ServerPoint. If you are interested in utilizing the cloud technology for your sites or applications, you can just check their websites for details and then decide which cloud provider or hosting plan fits your requirements and budgets.
What is the difference between Linux and Windows web hosting?
Linux is an open source of the UNIX Operating System (OS) developed originally by the GNU Project. It is popular among web development teams.
Linux hosting is compatible with the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl/Python) web-development platform. This supports web frameworks like WordPress, Drupal, ZenCart and other top CMS that are great for developers or those new to building websites. In contrast, Windows uses the proprietary Windows as the server OS. This makes use of Windows-specific technologies like ASP and .Net. Windows and Linux have similar features, and can be compatible with key application tasks.
What is DNS?
DNS stands for "Domain Name System", which is a system (or protocol) which translates the website's domain name to the server computer's IP address, eventually letting you load the web resources that you want access to. DNS servers store records of these domain name / IP address associations for all registered domain names. Each such record is called a DNS record. There are hundreds of millions of DNS servers distributed across the world, acting together to serve billions of domain name records each day.
The name servers (NSs) of a domain are the DNS servers that host DNS records for that domain. Normally, two NSs are needed for each domain name to increase reliability. Our Hosting Checker w/ Whois is capable of determining the NSs of any given domain name.
What is Whois domain lookup?
Whois is a widely-used Internet record listing that identifies who owns a net domain, and how to contact the owner. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) regulates domain name registration, ownership and renewal.
A Whois domain lookup queries the domain name registry's Whois database, which contains valuable information including the registration dates, the name servers (NSs), the most recent update and the expiry date of the domain name. In other words, a Whois record check gives us the status of the domain name.
Our Web Hosting Checker with Whois definitely has this Whois domain lookup functionality.
What is PHP (web) hosting?
PHP hosting is web hosting that reads and executes a PHP script to render web pages.
PHP is a popular open-source server-side language. According to the W3Techs survey, 79.1% of websites with a known server-side programming language use PHP.
As PHP is a server-side technology, it runs on your web hosting server (back-end). When a client (front-end) requests a page from their web browser, the browser contacts the hosting server and requests that page to be returned. If that web page contains any PHP code, the server will process it and then generate an HTML page to send to the client.
You can install PHP with ease on any VPS or dedicated server / host, and most shared hosting providers have PHP already installed on their web servers. You can often tell whether a website uses the PHP programming language by looking at its URLs. If the filename extension is .php or .phtml, the site does make use of PHP. Alternatively, you can employ an online web tech checker, e.g., AwesomeTechStack to check if the site utilizes the PHP technology or not.