What Actually is Web Hosting
Web hosting is a service that hosting providers offer so that you can get your web site online.
How can people view your website?
When you create a website and you would like other people to visit it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you try to make the site discoverable on the Internet by web hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it constantly up and running, which is why hosting services came into existence.
How does web hosting work?
Web hosting providers provide you with hard drive space for your website on their powerful computers (web hosting servers) and guarantee constant service uptime. When somebody types your web address (for example www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the server where they can examine the content of your web site.
Types of hosting
With the advancement of online technologies, several types of web hosting services have appeared to satisfy the various expectations of web site proprietors, among them shared web hosting services, Virtual Private Server hosting services and dedicated hosting services.
Shared website hosting is the most widely used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where a single server is shared between many shared web hosting account owners who are restricted by the CPU, traffic and web server hard disk space quotas that they have been allotted. This form of website hosting is commonly cheaper - you don't need to pay for the whole hosting server in advance, since it is shared among multiple web hosting account owners, and the hosting distributor can afford to offer much more affordable prices. It is also much easier to use - the web server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the web hosting solutions provider takes care of all server maintenance procedures and software updates on your behalf.
The setback of the shared hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's resources with other web hosting account owners and if one web site becomes really popular it may affect (and slow down) all the other web sites on that web server, but most web hosting firms, including us at TheDedicatedHosting.com, have protection systems in place that impede that from occurring.
A description of a hosting service
Since shared website hosting is the most commonly used form of web hosting, most web hosting suppliers and hosting clients simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is an extensive rivalry on the website hosting market, most web hosting companies strive to offer modest prices and gifts with their hosting services. We, for example, offer different hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your funds. If you choose the annual billing cycle, you will get a bonus - one cost-free domain name registration.
VPS hosting plans
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 server web hosting solution. If your web site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared hosting package, a virtual private web hosting server package is a suitable option. virtual web server hosting account owners still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other VPS web hosting account holders, but the hard disk drive is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own dedicated system resources and can be configured almost like an actual dedicated web server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a Virtual Private Server are not shared. Also, the virtualization technology gives you much more freedom to configure your virtual web server, but it also calls for a higher level of technical proficiency.
With the Dedicated Hosting solution, the user gets an entire dedicated hosting server and can utilize all its system resources. The dedicated hosting solution is the most reliable of all hosting solutions and offers tons of customization options - the dedicated web hosting customers can choose the hardware and software specifications that will answer their needs. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are two reasons why a dedicated web hosting package is an excellent solution for a resource-requiring business web site, for instance - you will not share the dedicated hosting server's system resources with anyone else and will gain root access. You will exert full control over the web server, which will enable you to make any server configuration changes that you might require. The downside of the dedicated hosting solution is that a higher degree of technical competence is needed - unless you engage an IT specialist, you will be responsible for managing and configuring the dedicated web server. The dedicated web hosting solution also costs far more, since the cost of the physical machine isn't shared between any other customers.
A website hosting recommendation for novices
If you are just beginning to develop your web site and are seeking a website hosting solution to commence with, the shared website hosting solution remains the most appropriate option. If your site grows beyond your shared website hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely easy and does not involve migration of your website files, because only the parameters of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your web hosting package to a more powerful one at any particular moment without worrying about the time left until expiration. Moreover, if you finally reach the most powerful shared hosting plan and still need more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it implies that your site's popularity has grown!), there always is the option to switch to a virtual web server hosting platform or a dedicated server hosting platform without the need to switch hosting providers.
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