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How Hosting Services Functions
Hosting is a service that companies provide so that you can publish your site on the World Wide Web.
How can people discover your website?
When you develop a site and you would like other people to access it, you will have to publish (or upload) it to a web server. If you try to make the website visible on the World Wide Web by hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it up and running all the time, which is why web hosting services exist.
How does hosting work?
Web hosting firms offer you data storage space for your site on their powerful computers (web servers) and ensure uninterrupted Internet connectivity. When someone writes your domain name (for instance www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's address bar, they will be connected to the hosting server where they can explore the content of your site.
Web hosting varieties
With the advancement of web technologies, several types of web hosting services have emerged to fulfill the various requirements of web site possessors, among them shared web hosting services, private virtual server web hosting services and dedicated web server hosting services.
Shared website hosting
Shared website hosting is the most common form of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where one web hosting server is divided between numerous web hosting clients who are restricted by the CPU, traffic and web server disk drive space quotas that they have been allocated. This type of web hosting is generally cheaper - you don't need to pay for the entire server upfront, since it is divided between multiple web hosting account owners, and the web hosting vendor can afford to provide much more modest prices. It is also much easier to use - the hosting server is pre-installed with all the required software and the hosting company takes care of all server maintenance tasks and security updates on your behalf.
The negative side of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's resources with other hosting customers and if a given website becomes really popular it may influence (and slow down) the rest of the sites on that web server, but most hosting vendors, including us at Web Hosting and Servers, have protection platforms at work that hinder that from occurring.
A description of a web hosting service
Since shared website hosting is the most widely used type of web hosting, the majority of hosting companies and web hosting clients simply call it hosting or website hosting. As there is a big competition on the website hosting marketplace, the majority of web hosting service providers try to offer modest prices and gifts with their web hosting services. We, for instance, offer different website hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and annual, based on your resources. If you select the annual invoicing cycle, you will receive a bonus - one free-of-cost domain name registration.
VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated server web hosting solution. If your site outgrows the resources offered by your shared hosting package, a VPS web hosting server package is a suitable option. VPS server hosting users still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other VPS server web hosting account owners, but the disk space is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed system resources and can be configured practically like a real dedicated server. The upside is that the CPU and the memory on a private virtual web hosting server are not shared. Moreover, the virtualization technology offers you much more freedom to configure your VPS hosting server, but it also calls for a higher degree of technical know-how.
With the Dedicated Server solution, the client obtains a whole web hosting server and can utilize all its system resources. The dedicated server web hosting solution is the most powerful of all web hosting solutions and offers tons of configuration possibilities - the dedicated web hosting customers can select the hardware and software specifications that will answer their needs. Dedicated system resources and no-holds-barred performance are two reasons why a dedicated server web hosting plan is a perfect option for a resource-swallowing business site, for instance - you will not share the physical machine's resources with anyone else and will receive complete root-level access. You will exert full authority over the web hosting server, which will permit you to make any configuration changes that you might require. The drawback of the dedicated hosting solution is that a more advanced level of technical competence is required - unless you hire an Information Technology professional, you will be responsible for administering and configuring the server. The dedicated hosting solution also costs far more, because the cost of the dedicated web hosting server isn't shared between any other customers.
A website hosting recommendation for beginner users
If you are just beginning to develop your website and are seeking a website hosting solution to start with, the shared website hosting solution remains the smartest choice. If your site outgrows your hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for instance, this is very easy and requires no migration of your website files, because only the features of your hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more powerful one at any given moment without worrying about the time left before the expiration date. Moreover, if you finally reach the most advanced shared website hosting package and still need more system resources (which is great sometimes - it suggests that your site's popularity has risen!), there always is the possibility to move to a VPS server or a dedicated server without having to change hosting providers.