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Shared Hosting Definition

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Shared hosting is a service that web hosting corporations offer so that you can publish your site on the web.

How can people check out your site?

When you set up a web site and you want other people to observe it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a web server. If you try to make the website visible online by shared hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it always up and running, which is why web hosting services exist.

How does shared hosting work?

Hosting corporations offer you disk drive storage space for your website on their high-power computers (web hosting servers) and ensure continuous website accessibility. When someone writes your domain (for instance in their browser's address bar, they will be connected to the web server where they can have a look at the content of your website.

Web hosting types

With the development of Internet technologies, several types of web hosting services have appeared to satisfy the various requirements of website owners, among them shared web hosting services, Virtual Private Server hosting services and dedicated server hosting services.

Shared web hosting

Shared web hosting is the most widely used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where a single web hosting server is shared among multiple users who are restricted by the CPU, bandwidth and disk drive space quotas that they have been apportioned. This type of website hosting is typically less expensive - you don't have to pay for the whole server upfront, as it is shared among a lot of hosting clients, and the hosting solutions provider can afford to provide much more modest prices. It is also much easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-installed with all the necessary software and the hosting distributor takes care of all server maintenance procedures and software updates for you.

The setback of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's system resources with other web hosting account holders and if one site becomes really busy it may influence (and slow down) all the other web sites on that web server, but the majority of hosting service providers, including us at - Professional Hosting and eMail Services, have protection systems at work that prevent that from taking place.

A description of a web hosting service

Because shared website hosting is the most popular form of web hosting, the majority of hosting service providers and web hosting clients simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is an enormous rivalry on the website hosting market, most hosting service providers endeavor to offer moderate prices and gifts with their services. We, for instance, offer different hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and annual, based on your finances. If you select the annual invoicing cycle, you will obtain a gift - one free domain name registration.

VPS hosting

VPS stands 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 site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared hosting plan, a VPS package is an appropriate option. virtual server web hosting customers still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other VPS web server hosting users, but the disk drive is partitioned using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own guaranteed system resources and can be configured almost like an actual dedicated server. The upside is that the CPU and the memory on a virtual hosting server are not shared. Moreover, the virtualization software gives you much more freedom to configure your VPS, but it also calls for a more advanced degree of technical proficiency.

Dedicated Hosting

With the Dedicated Hosting solution, the client obtains a whole dedicated web hosting server and can utilize all its system resources. The dedicated web server hosting solution is the most reliable of all website hosting solutions and offers numerous configuration options - the dedicated web hosting users can pick the hardware and software specs that will satisfy their requirements. Dedicated system resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated web hosting server is a perfect solution for a resource-absorbing corporate web site, for instance - you will not share the dedicated hosting server's system resources with anyone else and will have full server root privileges. You will exert full control over the physical server, which will allow you to implement any configuration changes that you might need. The weakness of the dedicated web hosting solution is that a higher degree of technical expertise is needed - unless you engage an IT pro, it will be your duty to administer and configure the physical machine. The dedicated web hosting solution is also much more expensive, because the cost of the dedicated web server isn't shared among any other users.

A hosting tip for novices

If you are just starting to set up your site and are looking for a web hosting solution to begin with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the best option. If your site grows beyond your website hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for instance, this is very easy and does not involve migration of your data, because only the parameters of your hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more advanced one at any particular moment without having to worry about the number of days left until expiration. What is more, if you finally reach the most powerful shared hosting package and still require more system resources (which is great sometimes - it implies that your site's popularity has risen!), there always is the possibility to migrate to a private virtual server web hosting platform or a dedicated server hosting platform without the need to switch web hosting providers.

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