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Web Hosting Definition

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Web hosting is a service that hosting firms offer so that you can upload your web site to the web.

How can people observe your website?

When you develop a site and you want other persons to check it out, you will have to copy (or upload) it to a server. If you try to render the site visible on the Internet by web hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it always online, which is why website hosting services exist.

How does web hosting work?

Web hosting corporations offer you space for your web site on their powerful computers (web hosting servers) and ensure uninterrupted Internet connection. When somebody types your website address (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's address bar, they will be connected to the hosting server where they can have a glance at the content of your website.

Types of hosting

With the advancement of web technologies, several types of web hosting services have come into being to meet the various expectations of website owners, including shared web hosting services, private virtual web server hosting services and dedicated hosting services.

Shared hosting

Shared hosting is the most commonly used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where one hosting server is divided among numerous hosting account holders who are restricted by the CPU, bandwidth and server disk drive storage space quotas that they have been allotted. This type of website hosting is commonly less expensive - you don't have to pay for the entire hosting server in advance, as it is shared among a lot of web hosting clients, and the hosting company can afford to provide much more reasonable prices. It is also much easier to use - the hosting server is pre-installed with all the necessary software and the hosting provider takes care of all server maintenance tasks and security updates for you.

The negative side of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's resources with other clients and if one site becomes very busy it may affect (and slow down) all the other web sites on that server, but most web hosting service providers, including us at iRed Hosting, have protection systems at work that obstruct that from taking place.

A description of a website hosting service

Since shared hosting is the most commonly used form of web hosting, most hosting service providers and hosting clients simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is a huge rivalry on the hosting market, the majority of hosting suppliers strive to offer moderate prices and gifts with their web hosting services. We, for instance, offer different website hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and yearly, based on your budget. If you select the annual billing cycle, you will receive a bonus - one free-of-charge domain registration.

VPS web hosting

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. The VPS web hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated server web hosting solution. If your site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared web hosting account, a virtual server hosting plan is a possible option. private virtual server hosting clients still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other private virtual server web hosting account owners, but the hard drive is partitioned using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own dedicated resources and can be configured almost like a full-fledged dedicated web hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a private virtual server are not shared. Besides, the virtualization technology gives you much more freedom to configure your VPS web hosting server, but it also calls for a higher level of technical expertise.

Dedicated Web Hosting

With the Dedicated Web Hosting solution, the client gets an entire web hosting server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated web hosting solution is the most robust of all web hosting solutions and offers a myriad of customization possibilities - the users can select the hardware and software specifications that will answer their requirements. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are among the reasons why a dedicated hosting server is a perfect choice for a resource-devouring corporate web portal, for example - you will not share the dedicated web hosting server's system resources with anyone else and will get full server root access. You will exercise complete authority over the physical server, which will allow you to make any configuration modifications that you might need. The setback of the dedicated web hosting solution is that a more advanced level of technical knowledge is needed - unless you employ an IT expert, it will be your obligation to manage and configure the physical machine. The dedicated web server hosting solution also costs much more, since the cost of the dedicated hosting web server isn't shared among any other users.

A website hosting tip for novices

If you are just beginning to develop your web site and are seeking a hosting solution to commence with, the shared website hosting solution remains the most relevant choice. If your web site outgrows your website hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely easy and requires no migration of your web site files, since only the features of your hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting package to a more powerful one at any given time without having to worry about the remaining time before expiration. What is more, if you finally reach the most powerful shared website hosting plan and still require more system resources (which is great sometimes - it implies that your web site's popularity has increased!), there always is the possibility to migrate to a Virtual Private Server or a dedicated web server hosting platform without having to swap hosting service providers.

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