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Shared Hosting Explanation

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Shared hosting is a service that hosting firms offer so that you can publish your website online.

How can people check out your web site?

When you build a site and you wish other persons to view it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a web server. If you attempt to render the site visible on the World Wide Web by shared hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it constantly up and running, which is why website hosting services appeared.

How does shared hosting work?

Hosting corporations provide you with disk drive storage space for your site on their high-power computers (web hosting servers) and guarantee constant Internet access. When somebody types your URL (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's address bar, they will be connected to the server where they can examine the content of your website.

Web hosting types

With the progress of web technologies, different types of web hosting services have emerged to answer the various requirements of website proprietors, among them shared web hosting services, private virtual web server hosting services and dedicated hosting services.

Shared website hosting

Shared website hosting is the most popular type of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where one single web server is shared between a lot of hosting users who are limited by the CPU, bandwidth and web server disk drive storage space quotas that they have been apportioned. This type of hosting is generally less expensive - you don't need to buy the whole web hosting server in advance, since it is shared between plenty of hosting customers, and the web hosting distributor can afford to provide much lower prices. It is also easier to use - the hosting server is pre-installed with all the required software and the web hosting company takes care of all server maintenance tasks 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 owners and if one site becomes really busy it may influence (and slow down) the rest of the websites on that web hosting server, but the majority of web hosting service providers, including us at PromoterHost Web Hosting, have security systems in place that impede that from taking place.

A definition of a web hosting service

Because shared web hosting is the most common form of web hosting, most hosting service providers and web hosting users simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is an extensive rivalry on the website hosting marketplace, most hosting firms try to offer modest prices and bonuses with their hosting services. We, for instance, offer different website hosting packages and two invoicing options - monthly and annual, depending on your funds. If you select the annual invoicing cycle, you will receive a bonus - one charge-free domain name registration.

Virtual private servers plans

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. The Virtual private servers hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. If your web site outgrows the resources offered by your shared website hosting account, a virtual web hosting server package is an appropriate option. VPS web server hosting users still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other virtual server hosting users, but the disk drive space is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own dedicated system 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 VPS server are not shared. Also, the virtualization software gives you much more autonomy to configure your VPS hosting server, but it also calls for a higher level of technical proficiency.

Dedicated Server

With the Dedicated Server solution, the customer obtains a whole hosting server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated hosting solution is the most flexible of all hosting solutions and offers a multitude of customization options - the dedicated web server hosting customers can choose the hardware and software specs that will fulfill their needs. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are two reasons why a dedicated hosting server is a perfect choice for a resource-consuming corporate site, for instance - you will not share the dedicated web hosting server's resources with anyone else and will obtain complete root-level access. You will exercise full control over the hosting server, which will enable you to implement any configuration changes that you might need. The weakness of the dedicated web hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical expertise is needed - unless you hire an Information Technology pro, it will be your responsibility to manage and configure the dedicated server. The dedicated server web hosting solution is also much more costly, because the cost of the dedicated web server isn't shared between any other clients.

A website hosting recommendation for novices

If you are just beginning to develop your web site and are looking for a web hosting solution to start out with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the most intelligent option. If your web site grows beyond your shared hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for instance, this is extremely easy and does not involve migration of your website files, since only the parameters of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your hosting plan to a more advanced one at any particular moment without having to worry about the time remaining until the expiration date. Besides, if you finally reach the most powerful shared hosting plan and still require more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it suggests that your site's popularity has risen!), there always is the possibility to move to a VPS hosting server or a dedicated hosting web server without needing to swap web hosting providers.

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