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Shared Hosting Explanation

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Shared hosting is a service that hosting firms provide so that you can get your web site online.

How can people observe your web site?

When you set up a website and you would like other persons to see it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a server. If you try to render the website accessible on the Internet by shared 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 exist.

How does shared hosting work?

Web hosting vendors offer you space for your site on their high-powered computers (web hosting servers) and guarantee continuous service uptime. When somebody types your web address (for example www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's address bar, they will be connected to the server where they can take a glimpse at the content of your web site.

Types of web hosting

With the progress of Internet technologies, different types of web hosting services have come into being to meet the various requirements of website proprietors, among them shared website hosting services, virtual web server hosting services and dedicated server hosting services.

Shared hosting

Shared website hosting is the most common form of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where one hosting server is divided between a lot of web hosting customers who are restricted by the CPU, web traffic and storage space quotas that they have been assigned. This type of website hosting is generally less expensive - you don't have to purchase the whole server upfront, since it is shared among numerous web hosting users, and the hosting vendor can afford to provide much more reasonable prices. It is also easier to use - the server is pre-installed with all the required software and the web hosting provider handles all server maintenance procedures and security updates on your behalf.

The setback of the shared web hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's resources with other hosting clients and if one site becomes really popular it may influence (and slow down) all the other web sites on that server, but the majority of web hosting companies, including us at Launch Your Site Today, have security platforms in place that hinder that from occurring.

A definition of a hosting service

Because shared hosting is the most widely used form of web hosting, the majority of hosting vendors and hosting customers simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is an enormous competition on the hosting marketplace, most hosting vendors try to provide reasonable prices and bonuses with their web hosting services. We, for instance, offer different website hosting plans and two billing options - monthly and yearly, based on your finances. If you pick the annual billing cycle, you will get a gift - one cost-free domain name registration.

VPS hosting

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. If your web site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared web hosting plan, a VPS server is a suitable option. virtual web server hosting account owners still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other virtual web server hosting users, but the disk drive space is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed resources and can be configured practically like a real dedicated hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a virtual server are not shared. Also, the virtualization technology gives you much more autonomy to configure your private virtual web server, but it also calls for a higher level of technical know-how.

Dedicated Hosting

With the Dedicated Hosting solution, the user gets a whole dedicated web hosting server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated server hosting solution is the most flexible of all web hosting solutions and offers plenty of configuration options - the dedicated server hosting users can pick the hardware and software specifications that will meet their demands. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are among the reasons why a dedicated web hosting server is a perfect option for a heavy resource-devouring corporate web portal, for instance - you will not share the web hosting server's resources with anyone else and will be bestowed with complete server root access. You will exert complete control over the server, which will allow you to make any configuration changes that you might need. The setback of the dedicated server hosting solution is that a more advanced level of technical knowledge is required - unless you engage an IT specialist, it will be your responsibility to administer and configure the dedicated web hosting server. The dedicated server web hosting solution is also far more high-priced, since the cost of the dedicated web hosting server isn't shared between any other users.

A website hosting tip for beginners

If you are just starting to build your website and are searching for a web hosting solution to start out with, the shared website hosting solution remains the wisest option. If your site outgrows your shared hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for instance, this is very easy and does not involve migration of your data, since only the parameters of your web hosting account change. You can also upgrade your hosting plan to a more powerful one at any particular moment without worrying about the number of days left until expiration. Also, if you finally reach the most advanced shared website hosting package and still need more resources (which is great sometimes - it suggests that your website's popularity has expanded!), there always is the option to switch to a VPS server web hosting platform or a dedicated web hosting platform without having to swap web hosting service providers.

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