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Shared Hosting Packages Clarified
Shared hosting is a service that hosting service providers provide so that you can publish your web site online.
How can people view your site?
When you make a site and you wish other persons to visit it, you will have to copy (or upload) it to a server. If you try to render the website accessible online by shared hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it always up and running, which is why website hosting services came into existence.
How does shared hosting work?
Web hosting providers provide you with hard disk space for your site on their powerful computers (servers) and guarantee continuous website accessibility. When someone types your website address (for example www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the web hosting server where they can take a glimpse at the content of your website.
Types of hosting
With the development of web technologies, several types of web hosting services have come into being to match the various demands of web site owners, including shared web hosting services, VPS hosting services and dedicated hosting services.
Shared web hosting
Shared website hosting is the most commonly used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where one web hosting server is shared among many clients who are limited by the CPU, web traffic and hosting server storage space quotas that they have been apportioned. This type of website hosting is typically cheaper - you don't need to buy the whole server in advance, since it is shared among numerous web hosting customers, and the web hosting supplier can afford to offer much more affordable prices. It is also easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the web hosting distributor handles all server maintenance tasks and security updates for you.
The setback of the shared web hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's resources with other customers and if a given site becomes very busy it may affect (and slow down) all the other websites on that hosting server, but most hosting firms, including us at Hosting PTC, have security systems at work that obstruct that from taking place.
A description of a website hosting service
Since shared web hosting is the most widely used type of web hosting, most hosting suppliers and hosting customers simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is a huge rivalry on the hosting market, the majority of web hosting companies strive to offer reasonable prices and gifts with their hosting services. We, for example, offer different web hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and annual, depending on your funds. If you choose the annual invoicing cycle, you will obtain a bonus - one free-of-charge domain registration.
Virtual private servers packages
VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The Virtual private servers hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated server web hosting solution. If your website outgrows the resources offered by your shared hosting package, a private virtual web server plan is a good choice. Virtual Private Server web hosting account holders still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other virtual web server hosting account holders, but the hard drive is split up using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own dedicated system resources and can be configured practically like a real dedicated hosting server. The upside is that the CPU and the memory on a virtual private hosting server are not shared. Also, the virtualization technology gives you much more freedom to configure your virtual hosting server, but it also presupposes a higher level of technical know-how.
With the Dedicated Server solution, the client obtains a whole physical machine and can use all its resources. The dedicated server hosting solution is the most reliable of all website hosting solutions and offers plenty of customization possibilities - the dedicated web hosting customers can select the hardware and software specifications that will meet their needs. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated server hosting package is an excellent choice for a popular business web portal, for instance - you will not share the hosting server's system resources with anyone else and will be bestowed with root privileges. You will exercise complete authority over the physical server, which will allow you to make any server configuration changes that you might need. The setback of the dedicated web server hosting solution is that a higher degree of technical competence is needed - unless you employ an IT pro, it will be your obligation to administer and configure the dedicated server. The dedicated server hosting solution is also much more high-priced, because the cost of the dedicated hosting server isn't shared between any other users.
A website hosting advice for novices
If you are just starting to build your web site and are seeking a web hosting solution to begin with, the shared web hosting solution remains the most sensible choice. If your website grows beyond your shared hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for example, this is very easy and does not involve migration of your website files, because only the features of your web hosting account change. You can also upgrade your web hosting package to a more advanced one at any given moment without worrying about the number of days left until expiration. Furthermore, if you finally reach the most powerful shared website hosting package and still need more resources (which is great sometimes - it implies that your site's popularity has expanded!), there always is the option to switch to a Virtual Private Server hosting solution or a dedicated server without the need to switch web hosting providers.