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How Hosting Services Functions
Hosting is a service that web hosting providers provide so that you can put your website on the Internet.
How can people observe your site?
When you develop a website and you wish other people to observe it, you will have to publish (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you attempt to make the website visible online by hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it always online, which is why hosting services exist.
How does hosting work?
Hosting suppliers offer you content storage space for your web site on their high-powered computers (web hosting servers) and guarantee uninterrupted service uptime. When someone types your URL (for instance www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's address bar, they will be connected to the hosting server where they can have a gaze at the content of your web site.
Types of web hosting
With the development of online technologies, several types of web hosting services have come into being to answer the different demands of web site proprietors, among them shared website hosting services, VPS web hosting services and dedicated web server hosting services.
Shared website hosting
Shared website hosting is the most common type of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where one single web server is shared among lots of shared hosting account owners who are restricted by the CPU, bandwidth and data space quotas that they have been assigned. This type of website hosting is commonly cheaper - you don't need to purchase the entire web server upfront, since it is shared among plenty of web hosting users, and the hosting solutions provider can afford to provide much more affordable prices. It is also much easier to use - the hosting server is pre-configured with all the required software and the web hosting vendor handles all server maintenance tasks and security updates for you.
The downside of the shared web hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's system resources with other shared hosting account owners and if a given site becomes very busy it may affect (and slow down) all the other web sites on that web hosting server, but most web hosting vendors, including us at 5d.org.uk, have security systems in place that obstruct that from taking place.
A description of a website hosting service
Because shared website hosting is the most commonly used type of web hosting, the majority of hosting firms and web hosting clients simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is a big rivalry on the hosting market, most hosting companies strive to offer modest prices and bonuses with their hosting services. We, for instance, provide different hosting packages and two invoicing options - monthly and annual, depending on your funds. If you choose the yearly billing cycle, you will get a gift - one free-of-cost domain registration.
VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated server web hosting solution. If your web site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared hosting package, a private virtual web server package is an excellent solution. virtual server hosting account owners still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other private virtual server web hosting account holders, but the hard drive is partitioned using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed resources and can be configured almost like a full-fledged dedicated web server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a private virtual web server are not shared. What's more, the virtualization software gives you much more autonomy to configure your VPS web server, but it also calls for a more advanced degree of technical proficiency.
With the Dedicated Server solution, the client obtains a whole dedicated hosting web server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated server web hosting solution is the most robust of all web hosting solutions and offers a multitude of customization possibilities - the dedicated server web hosting users can choose the hardware and software specifications that will fulfill their demands. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are two reasons why a dedicated hosting plan is a perfect solution for a repeatedly visited business website, for example - you will not share the web server's system resources with anyone else and will have full root-level access. You will exercise complete authority over the server, which will enable you to implement any server configuration changes 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 engage an Information Technology expert, it will be your obligation to administer and configure the dedicated web hosting server. The dedicated server hosting solution is also much more expensive, since the cost of the dedicated hosting server isn't shared between any other customers.
A website hosting recommendation for beginner users
If you are just beginning to create your web site and are searching for a website hosting solution to start out with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the most sensible option. If your web site grows beyond your shared website hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely easy and does not necessitate migration of your web site files, because only the features of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more advanced one at any particular time without having to worry about the number of days remaining until the expiration date. Furthermore, if you finally reach the most powerful shared web hosting plan and still need more resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it signifies that your website's popularity has grown!), there always is the possibility to move to a private virtual server web hosting solution or a dedicated web server hosting solution without needing to switch web hosting providers.