Web Hosting Defined
Web hosting is a service that web hosting distributors offer so that you can get your site online.
How can people discover your website?
When you create a site and you wish other individuals to see it, you will need to publish (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you try to make the website accessible online by web hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it always online, which is why web hosting services exist.
How does web hosting work?
Hosting service providers provide you with disk drive space for your web site on their powerful computers (web hosting servers) and ensure uninterrupted Internet connection. When somebody writes your web site address (for example www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's address bar, they will be connected to the hosting server where they can see the content of your site.
Web hosting varieties
With the advancement of online technologies, several types of web hosting services have appeared to fulfill the various needs of web site possessors, among them shared website hosting services, VPS hosting services and dedicated hosting services.
Shared website hosting
Shared web hosting is the most commonly used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where one single server is divided between numerous hosting clients who are restricted by the CPU, traffic and server disk storage space quotas that they have been allotted. This type of website hosting is normally cheaper - you don't have to pay for the entire server in advance, since it is shared between numerous customers, and the web hosting solutions provider can afford to provide much cheaper prices. It is also easier to use - the hosting server is pre-installed with all the necessary software and the web hosting provider takes care of all server maintenance procedures and security updates for you.
The downside of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's system resources with other web hosting account holders and if a given web site becomes very popular it may influence (and slow down) all the other web sites on that web server, but the majority of hosting firms, including us at , have protection systems at work that impede that from taking place.
A definition of a website hosting service
Since shared website hosting is the most popular type of web hosting, the majority of hosting distributors and web hosting customers simply call it web hosting or website hosting. As there is a big competition on the web hosting marketplace, the majority of web hosting providers strive to provide modest prices and gifts with their hosting services. We, for example, offer different web hosting plans and two billing options - monthly and annual, based on your funds. If you choose the yearly invoicing cycle, you will obtain a bonus - one free domain name registration.
VPS web hosting
VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The VPS web hosting solution is essentially 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 hosting server is a possible choice. VPS server web hosting users still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other Virtual Private Server web hosting clients, but the physical machine is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed resources and can be configured almost like a full-fledged dedicated web hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a virtual private web hosting server are not shared. In addition, the virtualization software gives you much more autonomy to configure your VPS, but it also calls for a higher degree of technical expertise.
Dedicated Web Hosting
With the Dedicated Web Hosting solution, the customer gets a whole server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated web hosting solution is the most reliable of all hosting solutions and offers loads of configuration possibilities - the dedicated web server hosting clients can pick the hardware and software specifications that will match their requirements. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are two reasons why a dedicated web hosting package is a perfect choice for a resource-devouring corporate site, for instance - you will not share the hosting server's system resources with anyone else and will be granted root privileges. You will have full authority over the machine, which will enable you to make any server configuration changes that you might need. The weak side of the dedicated web hosting solution is that a higher level of technical proficiency is needed - unless you hire an Information Technology professional, it will be your responsibility to administer and configure the dedicated hosting server. The dedicated web server hosting solution also costs far more, since the cost of the dedicated hosting server isn't shared among any other clients.
A website hosting advice for novices
If you are just beginning to create your site and are looking for a web hosting solution to start with, the shared hosting solution remains the best option. If your web site grows beyond your shared hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for example, this is very easy and requires no migration of your files, because only the parameters of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your web hosting plan to a more powerful one at any particular time without worrying about the remaining time until the expiration date. What is more, if you finally reach the most powerful shared web hosting package and still need more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it means that your site's popularity has risen!), there always is the option to move to a virtual web hosting server or a dedicated server web hosting solution without having to change web hosting providers.