Hosting Packages Explanation
Hosting is a service that web hosts offer so that you can upload your site to the Internet.
How can people spot your website?
When you develop a site and you would like other persons to discern it, you will have to copy (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you try to make the website reachable online by 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 hosting work?
Web hosting service providers offer you storage space for your website on their high-power computers (servers) and ensure constant network connectivity. When somebody types your web address (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the server where they can have a glimpse at the content of your site.
Types of web hosting
With the growth of online technologies, different types of web hosting services have come into being to meet the different demands of website owners, including shared website hosting services, Virtual Private Server web hosting services and dedicated web server hosting services.
Shared website hosting
Shared website hosting is the most widely used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where one web hosting server is shared among many hosting account owners who are limited by the CPU, web traffic and hosting storage space quotas that they have been apportioned. This type of website hosting is generally cheaper - you don't have to pay for the entire hosting server in advance, since it is shared among lots of web hosting clients, and the web hosting company can afford to provide much more moderate prices. It is also much easier to use - the web server is pre-installed with all the required software and the hosting provider handles all server maintenance procedures and software updates for you.
The negative side of the shared hosting solution is that you share the server's resources with other clients and if one web site becomes really popular it may influence (and slow down) all the other sites on that web server, but the majority of hosting companies, including us at , have protection systems at work that hinder that from taking place.
A definition of a hosting service
Because shared website hosting is the most common form of web hosting, most hosting vendors and hosting customers simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is a considerable competition on the hosting market, the majority of hosting service providers try to provide low prices and gifts with their web hosting services. We, for example, provide different website hosting packages and two invoicing options - monthly and annual, depending on your funds. If you select the annual invoicing cycle, you will obtain a bonus - one free-of-charge domain registration.
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 web hosting solution. If your website grows beyond the resources offered by your shared website hosting plan, a virtual web server hosting plan is a good solution. private virtual web server hosting users still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other Virtual Private Server web hosting customers, but the hard drive space is split up using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own guaranteed resources and can be configured almost like a full-fledged dedicated web server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a VPS web server are not shared. What's more, the virtualization technology offers you much more freedom to configure your virtual hosting server, but it also calls for a more advanced level of technical know-how.
With the Dedicated Package solution, the customer gets a whole physical server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated server hosting solution is the most robust of all website hosting solutions and offers lots of customization options - the dedicated web server hosting customers can pick the hardware and software specs that will match their requirements. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are two reasons why a dedicated web server is a perfect solution for a frequently visited corporate web portal, for example - you will not share the dedicated server's system resources with anyone else and will acquire full root privileges. You will exercise complete control over the physical server, which will permit you to implement any server configuration changes that you might need. The drawback of the dedicated server hosting solution is that a higher degree of technical proficiency is required - unless you hire an Information Technology professional, it will be your duty to administer and configure the server. The dedicated web hosting solution is also far more costly, because the cost of the dedicated server isn't shared among any other clients.
A hosting tip for beginner users
If you are just beginning to set up your web site and are looking for a website hosting solution to start out with, the shared web hosting solution persists to be the most sensible choice. If your site grows beyond your shared website hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for instance, this is very easy and does not involve migration of your web site files, since only the features of your web hosting account change. You can also upgrade your web hosting plan to a more powerful one at any particular moment without having to worry about the number of days remaining until the expiration date. In addition, if you eventually reach the most powerful shared website hosting package and still need more system resources (which is great sometimes - it indicates that your site's popularity has expanded!), there always is the possibility to migrate to a private virtual server web hosting solution or a dedicated web server without the need to change web hosting service providers.