Shared Hosting Explanation
Shared hosting is a service that web hosts offer so that you can put your web site online.
How can people check out your website?
When you develop a web site and you would like other people to visit it, you will have to publish (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you try to render the site available on the web by shared hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it always up and running, which is why website hosting services appeared.
How does shared hosting work?
Hosting distributors offer you hard disk space for your web site on their powerful computers (web servers) and guarantee continuous Internet connection. When someone types your website address (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the server where they can take a peek at the content of your website.
Web hosting types
With the development of online technologies, several types of web hosting services have emerged to meet the various expectations of web site proprietors, including shared hosting services, virtual server hosting services and dedicated server 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 web server is divided between multiple users who are limited by the CPU, web traffic and web server space quotas that they have been assigned. This form of hosting is normally cheaper - you don't need to buy the entire web server in advance, since it is shared among a lot of web hosting clients, and the hosting services provider can afford to provide much more reasonable prices. It is also easier to use - the web server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the web hosting distributor handles all server maintenance procedures and security updates for you.
The weak side of the shared hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's system resources with other customers and if a given site becomes really popular it may influence (and slow down) the rest of the web sites on that hosting server, but the majority of web hosting vendors, including us at VBS Business Tech Solutions, have protection systems in place that hinder that from occurring.
A description of a hosting service
Since shared website hosting is the most common type of web hosting, most web hosting vendors and hosting users simply call it hosting or website hosting. As there is a considerable rivalry on the website hosting marketplace, most web hosting service providers endeavor to offer modest prices and gifts with their hosting services. We, for instance, offer different web hosting plans and two billing options - monthly and annual, based on your finances. If you pick the annual invoicing cycle, you will obtain a gift - one free-of-charge domain name registration.
VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated web server hosting solution. If your web site outgrows the resources offered by your shared web hosting package, a virtual server hosting package is a possible choice. private virtual web server hosting users still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other virtual server web hosting clients, but the hard disk is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own dedicated system resources and can be configured practically like a full-fledged dedicated web server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a virtual private web server are not shared. Also, the virtualization software gives you much more autonomy to configure your Virtual Private Server, but it also presupposes a more advanced degree of technical proficiency.
With the Dedicated Hosting solution, the client obtains an entire server and can utilize all its system resources. The dedicated hosting solution is the most flexible of all website hosting solutions and offers a myriad of customization possibilities - the clients can choose the hardware and software specifications that will answer their demands. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are two reasons why a dedicated hosting web server is an excellent option for a resource-swallowing business website, for instance - you will not share the physical server's system resources with anyone else and will be bestowed with complete root access. You will exert full control over the web hosting server, which will allow you to implement any server configuration modifications that you might need. The weakness of the dedicated web server hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical expertise is needed - unless you employ an Information Technology expert, it will be your responsibility to manage and configure the physical server. The dedicated web hosting solution is also far more expensive, because the cost of the dedicated web server isn't shared between any other users.
A website hosting recommendation for novices
If you are just beginning to set up your site and need a hosting solution to start out with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the best option. If your web site grows beyond your hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for instance, this is very easy and does not necessitate migration of your web site files, because only the parameters of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your hosting package to a more advanced one at any particular moment without worrying about the number of days left before expiration. Moreover, if you finally reach the most advanced shared website hosting package and still require more resources (which is great sometimes - it means that your website's popularity has grown!), there always is the possibility to switch to a virtual web server hosting solution or a dedicated web hosting server without the need to swap web hosting providers.