Web Hosting Explanation
Web hosting is a service that hosting companies offer so that you can put your website on the World Wide Web.
How can people observe your site?
When you make a website and you want other people to observe it, you will need to publish (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you try to render the site reachable on the web by web hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it always up and running, which is why hosting services came into existence.
How does web hosting work?
Hosting corporations provide you with data storage space for your web site on their high-power computers (web hosting servers) and guarantee constant service uptime. When someone types your web address (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the web hosting server where they can examine the content of your site.
Types of web hosting
With the advance of Internet technologies, several types of web hosting services have emerged to satisfy the various needs of web site possessors, among them shared website hosting services, VPS hosting services and dedicated server hosting services.
Shared website hosting is the most popular type of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where one web server is shared among multiple hosting customers who are limited by the CPU, traffic and web content space quotas that they have been apportioned. This form of hosting is usually less expensive - you don't have to purchase the whole web hosting server in advance, as it is shared between multiple hosting account holders, and the web hosting services provider can afford to provide much more affordable prices. It is also easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-installed with all the required software and the web hosting provider takes care of all server maintenance tasks and security updates for you.
The disadvantage of the shared web hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's resources with other shared hosting account owners and if a given site becomes very popular it may influence (and slow down) the rest of the sites on that server, but most hosting service providers, including us at DataGuild Cloud, have protection platforms in place that obstruct that from taking place.
A description of a website hosting service
Because shared website hosting is the most commonly used form of web hosting, the majority of hosting vendors and hosting users simply call it hosting or website hosting. As there is a huge rivalry on the web hosting market, most hosting suppliers strive to provide modest prices and gifts with their web hosting services. We, for instance, offer different website hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and annual, based on your finances. If you choose the annual billing cycle, you will receive a bonus - one cost-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 hosting solution. If your website grows beyond the resources offered by your shared web hosting package, a virtual private web server package is an appropriate option. VPS server web hosting account holders still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other private virtual server web hosting clients, but the hard disk 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 real dedicated server. The upside is that the CPU and the memory on a private virtual server are not shared. Furthermore, the virtualization technology gives you much more autonomy to configure your private virtual hosting server, but it also calls for a higher degree of technical proficiency.
Dedicated Web Hosting
With the Dedicated Web Hosting solution, the customer obtains an entire web server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated server hosting solution is the most powerful of all website hosting solutions and offers a multitude of configuration options - the dedicated server hosting clients can select the hardware and software specifications that will meet their needs. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are among the reasons why a dedicated web hosting package is an excellent choice for a heavy resource-consuming corporate web portal, for example - you will not share the dedicated server's resources with anyone else and will gain root access. You will have complete authority over the server, which will enable you to implement any configuration changes that you might require. The weak side of the dedicated server hosting solution is that a higher degree of technical proficiency is needed - unless you engage an Information Technology professional, it will be your responsibility to administer and configure the dedicated hosting server. The dedicated hosting solution is also far more expensive, since the cost of the dedicated hosting web server isn't shared between any other clients.
A website hosting advice for beginners
If you are just beginning to set up your web site and are searching for a web hosting solution to start with, the shared hosting solution remains the most appropriate option. If your web site outgrows your shared web hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for example, this is very easy and requires no migration of your files, since only the parameters of your hosting account change. You can also upgrade your hosting plan to a more advanced one at any given time without worrying about the remaining time before the expiration date. Moreover, if you finally reach the most powerful shared web hosting plan and still need more system resources (which is great sometimes - it implies that your web site's popularity has grown!), there always is the option to migrate to a virtual hosting server or a dedicated server hosting solution without the need to swap web hosting service providers.
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