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What is Web Hosting?

Web hosting is a service that hosting suppliers offer so that you can upload your website to the Internet.

How can people reach your website?

When you create a site and you would like other persons to notice it, you will have to publish (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you try to render the site accessible on the World Wide Web by web hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it constantly online, which is why website hosting services exist.

How does web hosting work?

Web hosting providers provide you with hard drive storage space for your web site on their high-powered computers (web hosting servers) and guarantee continuous Internet access. When somebody types your web site address (for example www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the hosting server where they can see the content of your website.

Hosting varieties

With the growth of web technologies, different types of web hosting services have emerged to fulfill the various expectations of web site possessors, among them shared website hosting services, private virtual server hosting services and dedicated web hosting services.

Shared website hosting

Shared hosting is the most widely used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where a single server is shared among a lot of hosting users who are limited by the CPU, web traffic and web hosting server storage space quotas that they have been apportioned. This type of hosting is typically less expensive - you don't need to pay for the entire hosting server in advance, since it is shared between numerous hosting account owners, and the web hosting provider can afford to provide much lower prices. It is also easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the hosting supplier takes care of all server maintenance tasks and software updates on your behalf.

The downside of the shared hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's system resources with other hosting account holders and if one web site becomes really popular it may influence (and slow down) all the other websites on that web hosting server, but most hosting service providers, including us at webgeardefault, have security platforms at work that impede that from happening.

A description of a website hosting service

Because shared web hosting is the most popular form of web hosting, most hosting vendors and web hosting customers simply call it hosting or website hosting. As there is a considerable competition on the website hosting marketplace, most hosting suppliers strive to provide moderate prices and bonuses with their hosting services. We, for instance, offer different website hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your finances. If you pick the yearly invoicing cycle, you will get a gift - one cost-free domain registration.

VPS hosting services

VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated web server hosting solution. If your website grows beyond the resources offered by your shared web hosting package, a private virtual web server plan is a good solution. virtual server web hosting users still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other private virtual web server hosting account owners, but the hard disk drive is partitioned using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own dedicated resources and can be configured practically like a full-fledged dedicated hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a private virtual server are not shared. Furthermore, the virtualization software gives you much more autonomy to configure your virtual private web hosting server, but it also presupposes a more advanced degree of technical know-how.

Dedicated Hosting

With the Dedicated Hosting solution, the user gets a whole dedicated server and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated web hosting solution is the most robust of all website hosting solutions and offers many configuration possibilities - the dedicated server web hosting clients can choose the hardware and software specs that will fulfill their requirements. Dedicated system resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated server web hosting package is an excellent choice for a resource-consuming business web site, for example - you will not share the dedicated server's resources with anyone else and will be given full server root access. You will exercise full control over the physical server, which will enable you to implement any configuration changes that you might require. The weakness of the dedicated web server hosting solution is that a higher level of technical know-how is needed - unless you hire an IT expert, you will be responsible for managing and configuring the server. The dedicated web hosting solution also costs far more, because the cost of the dedicated hosting web server isn't shared among any other users.

A website hosting tip for beginners

If you are just starting to create your website and need a web hosting solution to start with, the shared web hosting solution remains the wisest option. If your site grows beyond your shared website hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for example, this is very easy and does not necessitate migration of your web site files, since only the parameters of your account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more advanced one at any given moment without worrying about the time remaining until the expiration date. Moreover, if you finally reach the most powerful shared hosting plan and still need more resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it suggests that your website's popularity has grown!), there always is the possibility to move to a VPS web hosting platform or a dedicated server hosting solution without having to change hosting providers.