What is Hosting?
Hosting is a service that hosting firms offer so that you can upload your web site online.
How can people open your web site?
When you set up a web site and you would like other individuals to view it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a web server. If you try to make the site discoverable online by hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it online all the time, which is why website hosting services came into being.
How does hosting work?
Hosting suppliers offer you data storage space for your web site on their high-powered computers (servers) and guarantee continuous network connectivity. When somebody writes your domain (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's address bar, they will be connected to the server where they can explore the content of your web site.
Types of hosting
With the progress of web technologies, different types of web hosting services have appeared to match the different expectations of website proprietors, including shared web hosting services, private virtual server web hosting services and dedicated web hosting services.
Shared website hosting
Shared hosting is the most common form of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where one web server is shared among a lot of web hosting customers who are limited by the CPU, traffic and disk drive space quotas that they have been assigned. This form of hosting is generally cheaper - you don't have to pay for the entire web hosting server upfront, since it is divided among numerous hosting users, and the hosting supplier can afford to offer much cheaper prices. It is also easier to use - the hosting server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the web hosting provider takes care of all server maintenance tasks and software updates on your behalf.
The weak side of the shared hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's resources with other hosting customers and if one site becomes very popular it may affect (and slow down) all the other web sites on that web hosting server, but most web hosting vendors, including us at , have protection platforms at work that obstruct that from taking place.
A description of a website hosting service
Since shared website hosting is the most popular form of web hosting, the majority of hosting distributors and web hosting clients simply call it web hosting or website hosting. As there is a great rivalry on the website hosting market, most web hosting suppliers endeavor to offer reasonable prices and gifts with their web hosting services. We, for example, offer different hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and annual, depending on your funds. If you choose the yearly billing cycle, you will obtain a present - one cost-free domain name registration.
VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated web server hosting solution. If your website grows beyond the resources offered by your shared web hosting account, a virtual web server is an appropriate option. private virtual web server hosting clients still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other private virtual server web hosting account holders, but the hard drive is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own dedicated system resources and can be configured practically like an actual dedicated hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a virtual private hosting server are not shared. Moreover, the virtualization software gives you much more autonomy to configure your VPS server, but it also presupposes a higher level of technical proficiency.
With the Dedicated Server solution, the customer gets a whole server and can utilize all its system resources. The dedicated web server hosting solution is the most reliable of all hosting solutions and offers multiple configuration options - the dedicated hosting clients can select the hardware and software specifications that will fulfill their demands. Dedicated system resources and guaranteed performance are two reasons why a dedicated server hosting package is a perfect solution for a heavy resource-requiring corporate portal, for example - you will not share the physical server's system resources with anyone else and will receive complete root access. You will exercise full control over the physical machine, which will permit you to make any server configuration changes that you might require. The setback of the dedicated server web hosting solution is that a higher degree of technical expertise is needed - unless you hire an Information Technology expert, it will be your obligation to administer and configure the dedicated hosting server. The dedicated web hosting solution also costs far more, because the cost of the dedicated hosting web server isn't shared among any other users.
A hosting advice for beginner users
If you are just starting to build your web site and need a website hosting solution to start with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the most relevant choice. If your website outgrows your web hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for instance, this is very easy and does not necessitate migration of your website files, because only the parameters of your web hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting package to a more powerful one at any given time without having to worry about the number of days remaining until expiration. Moreover, if you finally reach the most powerful shared web hosting plan and still need more resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it implies that your site's popularity has expanded!), there always is the option to migrate to a private virtual server hosting solution or a dedicated server hosting platform without needing to swap hosting service providers.