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There are various types of hosting services suitable for different web portals in terms of the resources or the hosting environment they demand. To pick the most relevant hosting service for your online portal, you have to reckon what server-side software programs it requires, how many hits per day you expect at the start and in the long run, as well as any other special requirements that may need to be answered.

Shared website hosting - Perquisites

The best alternative for small scale online portals with a few hundred or several thousand visitors is a shared hosting package. With this type of hosting, each client pays only for their account, which decreases the total cost per person critically. There are different web hosting packages differing from one hosting vendor to another, offering different quotas of hard disk storage space and bandwidth, different mail quotas and so on. The plus is that you can buy a plan that will have the features your website indeed needs. You will not need to pay a lot of money for a plan you will not utilize, or wind up with a small sized plan that cannot shelter the online portal. We, at My SmartHost, offer a huge variety of hosting plans appropriate for personal or small business web portals that even offer pre-installed script-powered platforms like Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to render it easier. If you begin with a low-end plan and you require more system resources, moving to a high-end account takes just a mouse click.

Shared web hosting - Weak Points

A downside of the shared web hosting platform is that the hosting servers have some software programs installed on them and you are unable to activate new software platforms. Specific web pages, especially online shops, request applications to be present on the hosting server for them to perform, and with a shared web hosting package, you can install only software platforms that do not need full root access.

Virtual Private Web Hosting Servers and Dedicated Web Hosting Servers

For web sites that require root access, or if your web page has many thousands or even 1 000 000's of hits per day, what you need is a VPS or a dedicated server. A virtual private web server is a software imitation of a dedicated hosting server and it behaves in precisely the same manner.

Virtual Servers

Both services traditionally offer full root-level access and can be rebooted through a software tool by the client, independently from the hosting provider. Similar to the shared website hosting packages, the VPS and the dedicated web server accounts come with different functionalities based on what the web hosting supplier has to offer. A VPS hosting server account includes guaranteed disk storage space, random access memory and CPU usage quotas that can sometimes be enlarged for brief periods of time if there are available resources on the physical server. With a dedicated web server, the only limitation is the hardware equipment it is making use of, and it can be upgraded by altering or adding components. A VPS hosting server is simpler to cope with as it comprises a virtualization software platform, which can be utilized to restart it, to install software applications, check statistics, and so on. The management of a dedicated hosting server is more complex, so such a solution would rather be utilized by competent clients.

Dedicated Hosting Servers

Yet, given web hosts offer managed dedicated hosting services where they execute hosting server administration tasks on behalf of the customer. This can be a part of package or an additional service.

Prior To Opting...

Picking the top hosting package is important as it can have an influence on the stable functioning of a site. Prior to choosing an account, weigh the pros and cons, explore completely all the prerequisites for the site to work properly, especially if it is script-driven. And if you are still not sure which one is the best hosting service for you, consult with our live chat operators or call us - our sales reps will be happy to assist you and answer all your questions.