Hosting is a service that web hosts provide so that you can put your site online.
How can people find your website?
When you make a web site and you wish other individuals to view it, you will have to publish (or upload) it to a web server. If you try to make the website reachable on the Internet by 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 exist.
How does hosting work?
Hosting distributors provide you with hard disk space for your web site on their high-end computers (web servers) and ensure continuous Internet connectivity. When someone types your web site address (for instance www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's address bar, they will be connected to the web hosting server where they can see the content of your website.
Web hosting types
With the development of online technologies, several types of web hosting services have appeared to meet the different demands of web site proprietors, including shared website hosting services, Virtual Private Server hosting services and dedicated server web hosting services.
Shared web hosting is the most commonly used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where one single web hosting server is shared among lots of shared hosting account owners who are limited by the CPU, web traffic and web server hard disk space quotas that they have been allocated. This form of web hosting is normally less expensive - you don't need to pay for the entire server in advance, as it is shared among numerous hosting clients, and the hosting solutions provider can afford to offer much more affordable prices. It is also easier to use - the web server is pre-installed with all the necessary software and the web hosting solutions provider handles all server maintenance tasks and security updates on your behalf.
The weak side of the shared web hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's system resources with other persons and if a given website becomes really popular it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the websites on that server, but the majority of hosting companies, including us at HarryHost, have protection systems at work that hinder that from happening.
A definition of a web hosting service
Because shared hosting is the most common form of web hosting, most web hosting providers and web hosting customers simply call it web hosting or website hosting. As there is an extensive competition on the hosting marketplace, most web hosting firms strive to offer modest prices and bonuses with their web hosting services. We, for example, offer different website hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your budget. If you select the annual invoicing cycle, you will get a gift - one charge-free domain registration.
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 web hosting solution. If your site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared website hosting plan, a virtual web hosting server is an excellent choice. private virtual server hosting account owners still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other VPS hosting users, but the hard drive space is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed system resources and can be configured almost like a full-fledged dedicated server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a VPS web hosting server are not shared. What's more, the virtualization technology gives you much more freedom to configure your private virtual server, but it also calls for a higher degree of technical expertise.
With the Dedicated Package solution, the customer gets a whole physical server and can utilize 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 server web hosting clients can pick the hardware and software specifications that will satisfy their demands. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are two reasons why a dedicated server web hosting package is an excellent choice for a heavy resource-devouring business web portal, for example - you will not share the dedicated server's resources with anyone else and will be bestowed with complete root access. You will exert full authority over the machine, which will allow you to make any server configuration modifications that you might need. The setback of the dedicated server hosting solution is that a more advanced level of technical competence is required - unless you hire an IT expert, it will be your duty to manage and configure the dedicated hosting server. The dedicated server hosting solution is also far more high-priced, since the cost of the dedicated server isn't shared between any other customers.
A web hosting recommendation for beginners
If you are just beginning to set up your web site and are looking for a website hosting solution to commence with, the shared website hosting solution remains the most logical choice. If your site grows beyond your shared hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for example, this is very easy and requires no migration of your data, because only the features of your hosting account change. You can also upgrade your hosting package to a more advanced one at any given time without having to worry about the time remaining until the expiration date. Moreover, if you finally reach the most advanced shared web hosting plan and still require more resources (which is great sometimes - it implies that your web site's popularity has increased!), there always is the option to migrate to a virtual hosting server or a dedicated web server without needing to swap hosting service providers.
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