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What Does Web Hosting Stand for?
Web hosting is a service that web hosting service providers provide so that you can upload your website to the World Wide Web.
How can people see your web site?
When you create a site and you wish other persons to discern it, you will have to copy (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you try to render the website reachable online by web hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it constantly online, which is why hosting services came into existence.
How does web hosting work?
Web hosting service providers offer you content storage space for your site on their high-powered computers (web hosting servers) and ensure constant website accessibility. When somebody types your domain (for instance www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's address bar, they will be connected to the hosting server where they can explore the content of your site.
Types of hosting
With the advancement of Internet technologies, different types of web hosting services have come into existence to fulfill the different needs of web site possessors, including shared web hosting services, virtual private web server hosting services and dedicated web hosting services.
Shared web hosting is the most commonly used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where one single web server is divided among plenty of customers who are limited by the CPU, traffic and hosting server storage space quotas that they have been allocated. This form of web hosting is usually cheaper - you don't have to buy the whole web hosting server upfront, as it is divided among multiple web hosting clients, and the web hosting company can afford to provide much more moderate prices. It is also much easier to use - the hosting server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the hosting supplier takes care of all server maintenance tasks and software updates for you.
The negative side of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's resources with other clients and if a given web site becomes very busy it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the sites on that web server, but most web hosting suppliers, including us at PIXELSPECK, have security systems in place that hinder that from occurring.
A description of a website hosting service
Because shared hosting is the most widely used form of web hosting, most web hosting vendors and hosting clients simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is an immense rivalry on the website hosting market, most web hosts try to provide low prices and bonuses with their services. We, for instance, offer different hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and yearly, based on your funds. If you pick the yearly billing cycle, you will obtain a gift - one free-of-cost domain registration.
VPS hosting plans
VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated web server hosting solution. If your website grows beyond the resources offered by your shared web hosting account, a virtual private web server hosting plan is an excellent option. VPS hosting clients still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other VPS hosting customers, but the hard disk drive is split up using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own guaranteed resources and can be configured practically like a real dedicated server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a virtual web server are not shared. Besides, the virtualization software gives you much more autonomy to configure your Virtual Private Server, but it also calls for a higher degree of technical competence.
With the Dedicated Hosting solution, the client gets an entire dedicated web hosting server and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated web hosting solution is the most reliable of all web hosting solutions and offers many customization possibilities - the dedicated web server hosting clients can select the hardware and software specifications that will match their requirements. Dedicated system resources and no-holds-barred performance are among the reasons why a dedicated hosting package is a perfect solution for a high resource-demanding corporate web site, for instance - you will not share the dedicated hosting server's resources with anyone else and will acquire complete server root access. You will exert full authority over the physical machine, which will enable you to implement any configuration changes that you might need. The disadvantage of the dedicated hosting solution is that a higher degree of technical expertise is needed - unless you hire an IT expert, it will be your responsibility to manage and configure the dedicated hosting server. The dedicated hosting solution is also much more costly, because the cost of the dedicated hosting web server isn't shared between any other customers.
A website hosting tip for beginners
If you are just beginning to develop your website and are seeking a web hosting solution to commence with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the most logical option. If your website grows beyond your shared web hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely easy and requires no migration of your website files, since only the features of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more advanced one at any given moment without having to worry about the number of days remaining until expiration. Moreover, if you finally reach the most powerful shared web hosting package and still need more system resources (which is great sometimes - it suggests that your site's popularity has expanded!), there always is the option to move to a virtual web hosting server or a dedicated web server hosting platform without the need to change hosting service providers.