What Does Website Hosting Mean?
Website hosting is a service that web hosting suppliers provide so that you can upload your web site to the web.
How can people visit your site?
When you build a site and you want other persons to see it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you try to render the web site accessible online by website hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it up and running all the time, which is why website hosting services came into being.
How does website hosting work?
Hosting companies provide you with content storage space for your website on their powerful computers (hosting servers) and guarantee continuous website accessibility. When somebody types your web site address (for instance www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the web server where they can take a glimpse at the content of your site.
With the progress of online technologies, several types of web hosting services have emerged to answer the various expectations of web site possessors, including shared website hosting services, private virtual server hosting services and dedicated server hosting services.
Shared web hosting
Shared website hosting is the most widely used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where one web hosting server is divided among lots of customers who are restricted by the CPU, web traffic and web hosting space quotas that they have been allotted. This type of hosting is usually cheaper - you don't need to purchase the entire web hosting server upfront, as it is shared between a lot of hosting customers, and the hosting supplier can afford to provide much more reasonable prices. It is also much easier to use - the web server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the hosting solutions provider takes care of all server maintenance procedures and software updates for you.
The weak side of the shared hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's resources with other web hosting customers and if a given website becomes really popular it may influence (and slow down) the rest of the sites on that server, but the majority of hosting suppliers, including us at , have security systems in place that impede that from occurring.
A description of a website hosting service
Since shared hosting is the most commonly used form of web hosting, the majority of web hosting distributors and hosting customers simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is a big rivalry on the hosting market, the majority of hosting service providers strive to provide low prices and gifts with their services. We, for instance, provide different website hosting packages and two invoicing options - monthly and annual, depending on your resources. If you select the yearly billing cycle, you will receive a gift - one cost-free domain registration.
VPS web hosting
VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The VPS web hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. If your site outgrows the resources offered by your shared web hosting account, a private virtual web hosting server package is an appropriate choice. VPS hosting clients still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other VPS web hosting users, but the hard drive space is split up using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own dedicated resources and can be configured almost like a real dedicated web hosting server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a virtual server are not shared. Additionally, the virtualization software gives you much more freedom to configure your VPS web hosting server, but it also presupposes a more advanced degree of technical competence.
Dedicated Web Hosting
With the Dedicated Web Hosting solution, the client obtains a whole web hosting server and can utilize all its system resources. The dedicated hosting solution is the most robust of all hosting solutions and offers loads of configuration possibilities - the dedicated server hosting users can select the hardware and software specifications that will satisfy their demands. Dedicated system resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated web hosting server is a perfect option for a large corporate web site, for instance - you will not share the dedicated hosting server's resources with anyone else and will be granted full server root access. You will exercise full authority over the server, which will allow you to make any configuration modifications that you might need. The drawback of the dedicated server hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical know-how is needed - unless you hire an Information Technology expert, you will be responsible for managing and configuring the dedicated hosting web server. The dedicated server hosting solution is also much more high-priced, because the cost of the dedicated web hosting server isn't shared between any other customers.
A hosting recommendation for beginner users
If you are just starting to develop your website and are seeking a web hosting solution to commence with, the shared website hosting solution remains the wisest option. If your site outgrows your web hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely easy and does not necessitate migration of your website files, because only the features of your account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more powerful one at any given time without worrying about the remaining time before the expiration date. Also, if you eventually reach the most advanced shared web hosting plan and still require more system resources (which is great sometimes - it suggests that your web site's popularity has grown!), there always is the option to switch to a private virtual server web hosting solution or a dedicated hosting platform without needing to change web hosting providers.