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Web hosting is a service that hosting vendors offer so that you can upload your web site to the Internet.

How can people notice your site?

When you make a site and you would like other individuals to observe it, you will need to publish (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you attempt to make the site available on the World Wide Web by web hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it up and running all the time, which is why website hosting services came into existence.

How does web hosting work?

Web hosting firms provide you with hard disk space for your website on their powerful computers (servers) and guarantee uninterrupted service uptime. When someone writes your website address (for example www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the web hosting server where they can take a glance at the content of your web site.

Hosting varieties

With the progress of online technologies, different types of web hosting services have come into existence to meet the different needs of website proprietors, including shared web hosting services, private virtual web server hosting services and dedicated hosting services.

Shared web hosting

Shared web hosting is the most commonly used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where a single web server is divided among numerous web hosting users who are limited by the CPU, bandwidth and web server disk drive space quotas that they have been apportioned. This form of hosting is generally less expensive - you don't have to pay for the whole server in advance, as it is shared among plenty of web hosting account owners, and the web hosting vendor can afford to provide much more modest prices. It is also much easier to use - the hosting server is pre-installed with all the necessary software and the web hosting provider handles all server maintenance tasks and security updates for you.

The negative side of the shared hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's resources with other web hosting account holders and if one site becomes really busy it may influence (and slow down) all the other sites on that web server, but most web hosting distributors, including us at Speedi Hosts, have protection platforms at work that prevent that from taking place.

A description of a website hosting service

Since shared web hosting is the most widely used type of web hosting, the majority of hosting distributors and web hosting clients simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is an extensive rivalry on the website hosting marketplace, the majority of web hosting companies endeavor to provide modest prices and bonuses with their services. We, for example, offer different web hosting packages and two invoicing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your resources. If you choose the annual invoicing cycle, you will get a present - one charge-free domain registration.

VPS hosting services

VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated server web hosting solution. If your site outgrows the resources offered by your shared web hosting plan, a Virtual Private Server hosting package is an appropriate choice. Virtual Private Server hosting clients still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other private virtual server hosting customers, but the physical server is partitioned using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own guaranteed system resources and can be configured practically like a real dedicated server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a VPS hosting server are not shared. Also, the virtualization software gives you much more freedom to configure your VPS server, but it also calls for a more advanced degree of technical expertise.

Dedicated Hosting

With the Dedicated Hosting solution, the customer gets an entire dedicated hosting server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated web server hosting solution is the most reliable of all website hosting solutions and offers plenty of configuration options - the dedicated server hosting users can pick the hardware and software specifications that will satisfy their needs. Dedicated system resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated web server is a perfect solution for a high resource-requiring business site, for example - you will not share the physical server's resources with anyone else and will be given full root privileges. You will exert complete authority over the physical server, which will enable you to implement any server configuration changes that you might require. The downside of the dedicated web hosting solution is that a more advanced level of technical proficiency is required - unless you engage an Information Technology specialist, it will be your duty to administer and configure the physical machine. The dedicated hosting solution is also far more high-priced, since the cost of the dedicated hosting server isn't shared among any other clients.

A web hosting recommendation for beginners

If you are just starting to create your site and are searching for a hosting solution to commence with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the smartest choice. If your site grows beyond your web hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely easy and does not necessitate migration of your website files, since only the features of your hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more powerful one at any given time without worrying about the number of days remaining until the expiration date. What is more, if you eventually reach the most advanced shared website hosting package and still need more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it means that your site's popularity has expanded!), there always is the option to migrate to a VPS server hosting solution or a dedicated server hosting solution without having to switch web hosting providers.

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