A Definition of Web Hosting
Hosting is a service that hosting firms offer so that you can upload your website to the Internet.
How can people check out your site?
When you develop a website and you wish other people to see it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you attempt to render the website discoverable on the web by hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it constantly online, which is why hosting services exist.
How does website hosting work?
Hosting corporations offer you hard disk storage space for your website on their high-power computers (web servers) and ensure uninterrupted network connectivity. When someone types your web site address (for example www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's address bar, they will be connected to the web hosting server where they can take a glimpse at the content of your site.
Web hosting varieties
With the development of online technologies, several types of web hosting services have appeared to satisfy the various requirements of web site proprietors, including shared web hosting services, Virtual Private Server hosting services and dedicated web server hosting services.
Shared web hosting
Shared web site hosting is the most widely used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where a single web hosting server is divided between many hosting customers who are restricted by the CPU, web traffic and server disk space quotas that they have been allotted. This form of web hosting is normally less expensive - you don't need to purchase the entire server upfront, since it is divided among numerous hosting account holders, and the web hosting provider can afford to offer much more modest prices. It is also easier to use - the hosting server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the hosting supplier takes care of all server maintenance procedures and security updates for you.
The setback of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the server's system resources with other web hosting customers and if a given website becomes really busy it may influence (and slow down) the rest of the websites on that web server, but most hosting vendors, including Exclusive Hosting, have protection platforms at work that hinder that from taking place.
A description of a website hosting service
Because shared web site hosting is the most popular form of web hosting, the majority of web hosting distributors and hosting users simply call it hosting or web site hosting. As there is a large competition on the web hosting market, most web hosting suppliers strive to offer cheap prices and gifts with their hosting services. Exclusive Hosting, for instance, offers different website hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and annual, depending on your funds. If you choose the yearly billing cycle, you will receive a gift - one free domain name registration.
Virtual Private Server Web Hosting Accounts
VPS is an abbreviation of 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 web site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared hosting package, a private virtual hosting server package is an appropriate choice. private virtual server web hosting users still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other VPS hosting users, but the hard drive space is split up using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own dedicated system resources and can be configured practically like a full-fledged dedicated server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a private virtual web hosting server are not shared. In addition, the virtualization technology gives you much more autonomy to configure your private virtual web server, but it also presupposes a more advanced degree of technical knowledge.
Dedicated web hosting solutions
With the dedicated server hosting solution, the customer obtains an entire physical machine and can use all its resources. The dedicated web hosting solution is the most powerful of all website hosting solutions and offers a multitude of configuration possibilities - the dedicated server web hosting clients can select the hardware and software specs that will fulfill their needs. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are two reasons why a dedicated web hosting plan is an excellent option for a heavy resource-demanding business web portal for instance - you will not share the physical machine's resources with anyone else and will receive complete root-level access. You will exert complete control over the hosting server which will enable you to make any server configuration modifications that you might require. The weakness of the dedicated server web hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical competence is needed - unless you engage an Information Technology expert it will be your duty to manage and configure the physical server. The dedicated server hosting solution also costs much more since the cost of the dedicated server isn't shared between any other users.
A website hosting recommendation for beginners
If you are just beginning to set up your site and need a web site hosting solution to start with the shared website hosting solution persists to be the most suitable option. If your web site outgrows your hosting account's resources you can normally upgrade. With NTChosting for example this is extremely easy and does not necessitate migration of your web site files since only the parameters of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more advanced one at any particular time without having to worry about the number of days remaining before the expiration date. In addition if you finally reach the most powerful shared website hosting package and still need more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it means that your web site's popularity has increased!) there always is the possibility to move to a private virtual web hosting server or a dedicated server without having to change hosting service providers.