A Description of Web Hosting
Website hosting is a service that web hosting firms provide so that you can put your site on the World Wide Web.
How can people reach your website?
When you develop a site and you would like other individuals to spot it, you will have to copy (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you attempt to render the site reachable on the web by hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it constantly up and running, which is why web hosting services exist.
How does web site hosting work?
Hosting vendors provide you with hard disk storage space for your web site on their high-powered computers (servers) and guarantee constant network connectivity. When someone writes your domain name (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the web server where they can view the content of your web site.
With the advance of Internet technologies, different types of web hosting services have come into existence to match the various requirements of website owners, among them shared web hosting services, virtual private web server hosting services and dedicated server web hosting services.
Shared web site hosting is the most popular form of website hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where one single hosting server is shared between multiple customers who are limited by the CPU, bandwidth and hosting server hard drive storage space quotas that they have been assigned. This type of web site hosting is typically less expensive - you don't need to buy the entire web server upfront, as it is divided between a lot of hosting customers, and the hosting vendor can afford to provide much lower prices. It is also easier to use - the hosting server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the web hosting provider takes care of all server maintenance tasks and software updates for you.
The downside of the shared web site hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's resources with other people and if a given web site becomes really busy it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the websites on that web server, but the majority of web hosting vendors, including Exclusive Hosting, have security platforms in place that obstruct that from occurring.
A description of a web site hosting service
Since shared web hosting is the most common type of web hosting, the majority of web hosting companies and hosting customers simply call it web hosting or web site hosting. As there is a large rivalry on the website hosting market, most web hosts strive to provide moderate prices and bonuses with their hosting services. Exclusive Hosting, for example, provides different hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and annual, based on your finances. If you select the annual invoicing cycle, you will get a bonus - one free-of-cost domain name registration.
Virtual Private Web Hosting Server Plans
VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The virtual server hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. If your website grows beyond the resources offered by your shared web site hosting package, a virtual private web hosting server plan is a possible solution. virtual server hosting account holders still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other VPS server hosting users, but the hard drive is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own dedicated resources and can be configured practically like a real dedicated web hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a VPS web server are not shared. Also, the virtualization technology offers you much more freedom to configure your virtual web server, but it also presupposes a higher degree of technical knowledge.
Dedicated hosting servers
With the dedicated server hosting solution, the client gets an entire web server and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated web server hosting solution is the most robust of all hosting solutions and offers countless configuration options - the dedicated hosting customers can choose the hardware and software specs that will fulfill their demands. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are two reasons why a dedicated server hosting plan is a perfect choice for a intense-traffic corporate website for instance - you will not share the web hosting server's system resources with anyone else and will receive complete server root access. You will exercise full authority over the physical machine which will allow you to make any server configuration modifications that you might require. The drawback of the dedicated web server hosting solution is that a more advanced level of technical know-how is needed - unless you hire an IT professional it will be your obligation to administer and configure the dedicated hosting server. The dedicated server hosting solution is also far more high-priced because the cost of the dedicated web server isn't shared among any other users.
A website hosting recommendation for novices
If you are just beginning to develop your web site and need a web hosting solution to start out with the shared hosting solution persists to be the most relevant option. If your site grows beyond your shared hosting account's resources you can normally upgrade. With NTC Hosting for example this is extremely easy and does not necessitate migration of your website files since only the parameters of your account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting package to a more powerful one at any given time without worrying about the time left before expiration. Also if you finally reach the most powerful shared website hosting package and still require more resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it means that your web site's popularity has expanded!) there always is the possibility to move to a VPS hosting solution or a dedicated server web hosting platform without having to swap web hosting providers.