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What Precisely is Shared Hosting?
Shared hosting is a service that hosting corporations provide so that you can publish your website on the web.
How can people observe your site?
When you create a website and you want other people to check it out, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you attempt to render the site reachable online by shared hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it always up and running, which is why hosting services came into existence.
How does shared hosting work?
Hosting suppliers offer you space for your site on their powerful computers (servers) and ensure continuous website accessibility. When someone types your website address (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's address bar, they will be connected to the server where they can have a look at the content of your web site.
Web hosting varieties
With the advancement of Internet technologies, different types of web hosting services have come into existence to answer the different needs of website possessors, among them shared hosting services, Virtual Private Server hosting services and dedicated server hosting services.
Shared web hosting
Shared hosting is the most common type of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where one web server is divided among a lot of hosting account holders who are limited by the CPU, traffic and web hosting server disk drive storage space quotas that they have been apportioned. This form of website hosting is commonly less expensive - you don't have to buy the whole server in advance, since it is divided between multiple web hosting account holders, and the web hosting vendor can afford to provide much more modest prices. It is also much easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the hosting company handles all server maintenance tasks and security updates for you.
The negative side of the shared hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's system resources with other hosting customers and if a given site becomes really popular it may influence (and slow down) all the other web sites on that web server, but most hosting companies, including us at FastWeb2 - Web Solutions, have protection systems at work that obstruct that from happening.
A definition of a hosting service
Because shared hosting is the most widely used form of web hosting, most hosting companies and hosting customers simply refer to it as web hosting or website hosting. As there is an immense competition on the web hosting market, most hosting service providers try to provide cheap prices and bonuses with their services. We, for instance, offer different website hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your funds. If you choose the annual billing cycle, you will receive a gift - one free-of-charge domain name registration.
Virtual private servers
VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The Virtual private servers hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. If your website outgrows the resources offered by your shared website hosting plan, a private virtual server is a good solution. Virtual Private Server hosting account owners still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other virtual web server hosting customers, but the hard drive 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 hosting server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a virtual private web server are not shared. Besides, the virtualization software gives you much more autonomy to configure your virtual hosting server, but it also presupposes a more advanced degree of technical competence.
With the Dedicated Server solution, the client gets an entire hosting server and can utilize all its system resources. The dedicated hosting solution is the most powerful of all hosting solutions and offers plenty of customization possibilities - the dedicated hosting clients can select 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 hosting package is a perfect option for a resource-absorbing business portal, for example - you will not share the web server's resources with anyone else and will acquire full server root access. You will exert full authority over the physical server, which will permit you to implement any server configuration changes that you might require. The drawback of the dedicated server hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical know-how is needed - unless you engage an IT expert, it will be your duty to administer and configure the physical machine. The dedicated server hosting solution is also much more expensive, because the cost of the dedicated hosting server isn't shared between any other clients.
A website hosting advice for novices
If you are just beginning to create your web site and need a website hosting solution to start out with, the shared website hosting solution remains the most intelligent choice. If your site grows beyond your shared website hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely easy and does not necessitate migration of your files, since only the parameters of your web hosting account change. You can also upgrade your hosting package to a more advanced one at any given moment without worrying about the number of days left before expiration. Moreover, if you finally reach the most powerful shared website hosting package and still need more resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it indicates that your site's popularity has expanded!), there always is the possibility to switch to a VPS hosting platform or a dedicated hosting web server without the need to switch web hosting service providers.