History and Evolution of Web Hosting
The first time a program was written for web hosting was in the year 1990. Further developments were carried out by experts and scholars and that has led to unbelievable growth of web hosting industry.
The first ever internet browser was ‘line mode browser’ and the first hosting program was published on internet to facilitate a discussion by few experts. The subject of discussion was HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol, and UDI (Unified Display Interface). It was done on NeXT machine and later on, more browsers such as Mosaic, Cello, and Viola were introduced.
The world realized the importance of having common standards and protocols after World Wide Consortium came up in 1994. To begin with, TCP/IP was the only option but when major players like Microsoft, Sun, IBM and others stepped into the process, the options diversified.
Initially, big companies were ready to rent out extra space available on their servers and that is how web hosting became so common and flourished into such a massive business as we see today. Gradually, the need was felt for having advanced features for better connectivity, more disk space for heavy websites, ability to handle different file types such as media files, and for web conferencing.
The hosting automation software such as cPanel has further added to users’ advantage. Even non-technical users can easily manage their sites, email accounts, shopping carts, reports, traffic statistics and other such features.