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How Does Hosting Operate?

Hosting is a service that web hosting service providers provide so that you can put your web site on the Internet.

How can people check out your website?

When you develop a website and you want other persons to observe it, you will need to publish (or upload) it to a server. If you attempt to make the web site accessible on the web by hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it online all the time, which is why website hosting services came into being.

How does hosting work?

Web hosting suppliers offer you storage space for your website on their high-end computers (web hosting servers) and guarantee constant website availability. When someone types your web site address (for instance www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the server where they can have a glance at the content of your site.

Types of web hosting

With the progress of Internet technologies, different types of web hosting services have appeared to fulfill the various demands of website possessors, including shared hosting services, VPS web hosting services and dedicated web server hosting services.

Shared website hosting

Shared website hosting is the most common type of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where a single hosting server is divided among many web hosting clients who are limited by the CPU, web traffic and hard drive storage space quotas that they have been apportioned. This form of web hosting is commonly less expensive - you don't have to purchase the whole server in advance, as it is divided among lots of hosting clients, and the web hosting provider can afford to offer much more moderate prices. It is also easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-installed with all the required software and the web hosting solutions provider takes care of all server maintenance procedures and software updates for you. The setback of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's resources with other persons and if a given web site becomes really busy it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the web sites on that web hosting server, but most hosting firms, including us at My SmartHost, have protection systems at work that obstruct that from taking place.

A definition of a hosting service

Since shared website hosting is the most widely used type of web hosting, the majority of web hosting service providers and web hosting customers simply call it web hosting or website hosting. As there is a big competition on the web hosting marketplace, the majority of web hosting firms strive to offer moderate prices and bonuses with their hosting services. We, for instance, offer different web hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and yearly, based on your finances. If you pick the annual billing cycle, you will receive a gift - one free-of-charge domain registration.

VPS services

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated web hosting solution. If your site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared web hosting package, a VPS hosting plan is an appropriate solution. VPS server hosting account holders still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other private virtual web server hosting clients, but the hard drive is partitioned using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own dedicated resources and can be configured almost like an actual dedicated web server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a private virtual hosting server are not shared. Additionally, the virtualization technology gives you much more autonomy to configure your VPS web hosting server, but it also presupposes a more advanced level of technical knowledge.

Dedicated Server

With a dedicated solution, the customer obtains a whole dedicated server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated web hosting solution is the most flexible of all website hosting solutions and offers a multitude of configuration possibilities - the dedicated hosting customers can pick the hardware and software specifications that will fulfill their demands. Dedicated system resources and no-holds-barred performance are suitable for a resource-intensive corporate site, for example - you will not share the dedicated web hosting server's system resources with anyone else and will gain root privileges. You will have complete control over the server, which will allow you to make any server configuration modifications that you might require. The setback of the dedicated server hosting solution is that a more advanced level of technical proficiency is needed - unless you hire an Information Technology specialist, you will be responsible for managing and configuring the dedicated web server. The dedicated web hosting solution is also far more high-priced, because the cost of the dedicated web server isn't shared among any other clients.

A web hosting tip for novices

If you are just starting to create your site and are looking for a hosting solution to commence with, the shared hosting solution remains the most logical choice. If your web site outgrows your web hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for example, this is very easy and requires no migration of your data, since only the parameters of your account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting package to a more advanced one at any particular time without worrying about the time remaining until the expiration date. Also, if you eventually reach the most powerful shared website hosting plan and still need more resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it means that your website's popularity has increased!), there always is the option to switch to a private virtual web server hosting solution or a dedicated hosting server without needing to switch web hosting service providers.
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