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How Shared Web Hosting Functions

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

How can people notice your website?

When you make a site and you would like other persons to observe it, you will have to publish (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you attempt to render the website discoverable online by shared web hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it up and running all the time, which is why website hosting services came into being.

How does shared web hosting work?

Web hosting companies offer you hard disk storage space for your site on their high-power computers (servers) and guarantee continuous service uptime. When somebody writes your web 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 explore 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 existence to meet the different needs of website proprietors, including shared website hosting services, Virtual Private Server web hosting services and dedicated server 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 one single web hosting server is shared between plenty of customers who are restricted by the CPU, traffic and server disk drive storage space quotas that they have been apportioned. This type of web hosting is normally cheaper - you don't need to pay for the entire web hosting server in advance, as it is shared between a lot of hosting users, and the hosting supplier can afford to provide much more reasonable prices. It is also much easier to use - the server is pre-configured with all the required software and the hosting distributor handles all server maintenance tasks and security updates on your behalf.

The drawback of the shared hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's system resources with other customers and if one web site becomes really busy it may influence (and slow down) the rest of the sites on that hosting server, but most web hosting firms, including us at J D Webcrafters, have protection systems at work that prevent that from occurring.

A definition of a website hosting service

Since shared website hosting is the most popular type of web hosting, most hosting distributors and web hosting customers simply call it hosting or website hosting. As there is a considerable competition on the hosting market, most web hosting service providers strive to offer cheap prices and gifts with their web hosting services. We, for instance, provide different hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your resources. If you select the yearly billing cycle, you will obtain a bonus - one free-of-cost domain name registration.

VPS web hosting

VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The VPS web hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated web hosting solution. If your site outgrows the resources offered by your shared web hosting account, a VPS server is a good solution. virtual web server hosting customers still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other VPS web hosting users, but the server is partitioned using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed resources and can be configured practically like a full-fledged dedicated web server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a virtual private web server are not shared. Besides, the virtualization software offers you much more freedom to configure your VPS server, but it also calls for a higher level of technical expertise.

Dedicated Server Web Hosting

With the Dedicated Server Web Hosting solution, the client gets a whole server and can use all its resources. The dedicated web server hosting solution is the most powerful of all web hosting solutions and offers a myriad of configuration possibilities - the dedicated web hosting clients can choose the hardware and software specs that will match their needs. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated server web hosting package is an excellent option for a high-traffic business site, for instance - you will not share the web server's system resources with anyone else and will gain complete root-level access. You will exercise complete control over the hosting server, which will permit you to implement any server configuration modifications that you might require. The disadvantage of the dedicated web server hosting solution is that a more advanced level of technical know-how is required - unless you employ an Information Technology specialist, you will be responsible for administering and configuring the physical server. The dedicated server web hosting solution is also much more expensive, since the cost of the dedicated server isn't shared between any other clients.

A hosting recommendation for beginner users

If you are just beginning to develop your site and need a web hosting solution to start with, the shared website hosting solution remains the most reasonable choice. If your web site grows beyond your web hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for instance, this is very easy and requires no migration of your data, because only the features of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your web hosting plan to a more advanced one at any particular time without having to worry about the remaining time before the expiration date. Besides, if you eventually reach the most advanced shared web hosting package and still need more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it indicates that your web site's popularity has expanded!), there always is the possibility to switch to a virtual hosting server or a dedicated web hosting platform without the need to change hosting service providers.

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