Hosting is a service that hosting suppliers provide so that you can put your website on the World Wide Web.
How can people notice your web site?
When you set up a site and you would like other persons to spot it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you attempt to make the web site visible on the World Wide 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 website hosting services came into existence.
How does hosting work?
Hosting distributors offer you hard disk storage space for your website on their high-power computers (hosting servers) and ensure constant website availability. When someone types your domain name (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's address bar, they will be connected to the web server where they can take a peek at the content of your website.
With the progress of online technologies, different types of web hosting services have appeared to meet the various expectations of website owners, including shared hosting services, VPS web server hosting services and dedicated server hosting services.
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Shared website hosting is the most popular type of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where one single hosting server is shared between lots of hosting account holders who are restricted by the CPU, web traffic and hosting server disk storage space quotas that they have been assigned. This form of hosting is commonly less expensive - you don't need to purchase the entire web server in advance, as it is divided between lots of hosting account owners, and the hosting company can afford to offer much lower prices. It is also much easier to use - the hosting server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the hosting provider takes care of all server maintenance procedures and security updates on your behalf.
The negative side of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the server's system resources with other clients and if a given web site becomes really busy it may influence (and slow down) the rest of the web sites on that web hosting server, but most web hosts, including us at HostYonder.com, have security platforms at work 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, most hosting suppliers and hosting users simply call it hosting or website hosting. As there is an extensive competition on the website hosting marketplace, the majority of web hosting suppliers try to provide modest prices and bonuses with their hosting services. We, for instance, provide different hosting packages and two invoicing options - monthly and annual, depending on your finances. If you select the annual invoicing cycle, you will receive a bonus - one free domain name registration.
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 outgrows the resources offered by your shared hosting account, a VPS web hosting package is a suitable choice. VPS web hosting clients still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other private virtual server hosting account holders, 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 hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a virtual server are not shared. Besides, the virtualization software gives you much more autonomy to configure your private virtual hosting server, but it also presupposes a higher level of technical expertise.
With the Dedicated Server solution, the customer obtains an entire hosting server and can use all its resources. The dedicated web hosting solution is the most powerful of all website hosting solutions and offers multiple configuration options - the dedicated hosting clients can pick the hardware and software specifications that will meet their demands. Dedicated system resources and no-holds-barred performance are two reasons why a dedicated server web hosting package is a perfect choice for a repeatedly visited business web portal, for instance - you will not share the dedicated server's system resources with anyone else and will gain complete root access. You will have full control over the hosting server, which will permit you to make any server configuration changes that you might require. The downside of the dedicated web server hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical know-how is required - unless you employ an Information Technology professional, it will be your duty to administer and configure the physical machine. The dedicated web server hosting solution is also much more high-priced, because the cost of the dedicated hosting server isn't shared among any other users.
A hosting tip for beginner users
If you are just starting to build your website and are looking for a website hosting solution to begin with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the most suitable option. If your web site outgrows your shared web hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely easy and does not involve migration of your web site files, because only the parameters of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more advanced one at any given time without worrying about the time left until expiration. Furthermore, if you eventually reach the most powerful shared website hosting plan and still need more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it signifies that your web site's popularity has increased!), there always is the possibility to switch to a VPS web hosting platform or a dedicated web hosting solution without having to change web hosting service providers.