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What is Hosting?

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Hosting is a service that web hosting companies provide so that you can upload your web site to the Internet.

How can people spot your website?

When you make a site and you want other people to visit it, you will have to copy (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you attempt to render the site discoverable on the web by hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it always up and running, which is why hosting services exist.

How does hosting work?

Hosting vendors provide you with disk drive storage space for your web site on their high-end computers (web hosting servers) and ensure uninterrupted network uptime. When somebody writes your website 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 examine the content of your site.

Web hosting types

With the progress of Internet technologies, several types of web hosting services have come into existence to fulfill the different expectations of website possessors, among them shared website hosting services, VPS hosting services and dedicated hosting services.

Shared website hosting

Shared website hosting is the most commonly used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where one single server is shared among many web hosting clients who are limited by the CPU, bandwidth and hosting server hard disk storage space quotas that they have been allotted. This form of web hosting is commonly less expensive - you don't need to purchase the entire web server in advance, as it is shared among lots of web hosting account owners, and the web hosting supplier can afford to offer much more affordable prices. It is also easier to use - the server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the hosting provider handles all server maintenance tasks and security updates on your behalf.

The setback of the shared web hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's system resources with other hosting clients and if one website becomes really popular it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the sites on that server, but most hosting suppliers, including us at (Phoenix-Computers), have protection systems at work that hinder that from happening.

A description of a hosting service

Because shared web hosting is the most common form of web hosting, most web hosting firms and hosting clients simply refer to it as web hosting or website hosting. As there is an extensive rivalry on the website hosting market, most web hosting firms try to provide reasonable prices and gifts with their web hosting services. We, for instance, offer different web hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and annual, depending on your funds. If you select the annual invoicing cycle, you will obtain a present - one free domain registration.

VPS

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 server hosting solution. If your website grows beyond the resources offered by your shared website hosting package, a VPS package is an excellent choice. VPS hosting account holders still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other Virtual Private Server web hosting account holders, but the physical server is partitioned using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed system resources and can be configured practically like a real dedicated web server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a VPS web server are not shared. Also, the virtualization technology gives you much more autonomy to configure your private virtual hosting server, but it also calls for a more advanced level of technical expertise.

Dedicated Server

With the Dedicated Server solution, the user obtains a whole web hosting server and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated web server hosting solution is the most robust of all hosting solutions and offers a lot of configuration options - the dedicated hosting users can choose the hardware and software specs that will satisfy their demands. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are two reasons why a dedicated web hosting server is a perfect choice for a frequently visited corporate portal, for instance - you will not share the physical machine's system resources with anyone else and will be bestowed with complete root-level access. You will exercise full authority over the physical machine, which will permit you to implement any server configuration changes that you might need. The disadvantage of the dedicated server hosting solution is that a higher level of technical knowledge is required - unless you engage an Information Technology expert, you will be responsible for administering and configuring the dedicated server. The dedicated web hosting solution is also far more high-priced, since the cost of the physical machine isn't shared among any other users.

A web hosting recommendation for novices

If you are just beginning to set up your website and are searching for a web hosting solution to begin with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the most reasonable option. If your website outgrows your shared web hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for instance, this is extremely easy and does not involve migration of your web site files, since only the parameters of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more powerful one at any given moment without having to worry about the number of days left before the expiration date. In addition, if you eventually reach the most advanced shared hosting plan and still need more system resources (which is great sometimes - it signifies that your website's popularity has increased!), there always is the option to switch to a Virtual Private Server hosting platform or a dedicated server web hosting solution without needing to switch web hosting service providers.

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