Description of Web Hosting
Web hosting is a service that hosting corporations provide so that you can upload your site to the web.
How can people view your website?
When you set up a web site and you wish other people to access it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a server. If you attempt to render the web site available on the Internet by web hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it constantly online, which is why website hosting services came into existence.
How does web hosting work?
Hosting suppliers provide you with disk storage space for your website on their high-end computers (hosting servers) and guarantee constant Internet connectivity. When someone types your URL (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's address bar, they will be connected to the web hosting server where they can have a peek at the content of your site.
With the advance of web technologies, several types of web hosting services have come into being to meet the different requirements of website proprietors, among them shared website hosting services, VPS server web hosting services and dedicated hosting services.
Shared web hosting
Shared hosting is the most popular form of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where a single hosting server is shared among plenty of hosting account holders who are restricted by the CPU, web traffic and hosting server hard drive space quotas that they have been assigned. This type of web hosting is normally less expensive - you don't need to pay for the entire server upfront, as it is shared among many hosting clients, and the hosting supplier can afford to provide much more affordable prices. It is also easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-installed with all the required software and the web hosting company takes care of all server maintenance tasks and security updates on your behalf.
The disadvantage of the shared hosting solution is that you share the server's resources with other clients and if a given website becomes very popular it may influence (and slow down) all the other web sites on that server, but the majority of hosting suppliers, including us at Ace Hosts, have protection platforms in place that prevent that from occurring.
A definition of a website hosting service
Since shared hosting is the most widely used type of web hosting, the majority of web hosting distributors and web hosting users simply call it hosting or website hosting. As there is an immense competition on the website hosting marketplace, most hosting companies try to offer affordable prices and gifts with their web hosting services. We, for example, provide different hosting packages and two invoicing options - monthly and annual, based on your resources. If you choose the annual invoicing cycle, you will obtain a gift - one cost-free domain name registration.
VPS hosting packages
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. If your web site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared website hosting plan, a VPS web server hosting plan is a suitable solution. virtual server web hosting clients still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other virtual web server hosting account owners, but the server is partitioned using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own dedicated system resources and can be configured practically like a real dedicated web hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a VPS hosting server are not shared. In addition, the virtualization software offers you much more autonomy to configure your server, but it also presupposes a higher level of technical know-how.
With the Dedicated Hosting solution, the user obtains an entire dedicated hosting web server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated server hosting solution is the most robust of all website hosting solutions and offers loads of configuration possibilities - the users can pick the hardware and software specs that will satisfy their demands. Dedicated system resources and no-holds-barred performance are two reasons why a dedicated hosting package is an excellent option for a resource-devouring corporate web site, for instance - you will not share the dedicated web hosting server's resources with anyone else and will have full server root privileges. You will exert complete control over the physical server, which will allow you to implement any configuration modifications that you might need. The downside of the dedicated web server hosting solution is that a higher level of technical know-how is needed - unless you employ an Information Technology expert, it will be your obligation to manage and configure the dedicated hosting server. The dedicated hosting solution is also far more high-priced, since the cost of the dedicated hosting web server isn't shared among any other users.
A hosting tip for beginner users
If you are just beginning to develop your web site and are searching for a website hosting solution to begin with, the shared web hosting solution remains the most logical option. If your website grows beyond your shared website hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for instance, this is extremely easy and does not involve migration of your files, because only the features of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your hosting plan to a more advanced one at any particular time without having to worry about the time remaining until the expiration date. Also, if you eventually reach the most powerful shared website hosting plan and still require more resources (which is great sometimes - it indicates that your site's popularity has expanded!), there always is the possibility to migrate to a VPS or a dedicated hosting web server without having to switch hosting providers.
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