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Hosting is a service that hosting firms provide so that you can put your web site on the World Wide Web.
How can people reach your site?
When you set up a web site and you want other individuals to discern it, you will need to publish (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you attempt to render the site discoverable on the World Wide Web by hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it constantly online, which is why hosting services came into existence.
How does hosting work?
Hosting distributors offer you disk space for your website on their high-end computers (web hosting servers) and ensure uninterrupted Internet connection. When someone types your domain (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the web hosting server where they can have a peek at the content of your site.
With the advancement of online technologies, different types of web hosting services have come into existence to satisfy the various expectations of web site proprietors, among them shared website hosting services, VPS hosting services and dedicated hosting services.
Shared website hosting is the most widely used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where one single hosting server is shared among plenty of web hosting account owners who are limited by the CPU, web traffic and web storage space quotas that they have been apportioned. This form of website hosting is usually cheaper - you don't need to purchase the entire web hosting server in advance, since it is divided among a lot of web hosting clients, and the hosting company can afford to provide much cheaper prices. It is also much easier to use - the hosting server is pre-installed with all the required software and the web hosting vendor handles all server maintenance tasks and security updates on your behalf.
The negative side of the shared web hosting solution is that you share the server's system resources with other hosting account owners and if one web site becomes really popular it may influence (and slow down) the rest of the sites on that web server, but most hosting suppliers, including us at uesecloud, have protection platforms at work that impede that from taking place.
A definition of a website hosting service
Because shared website hosting is the most widely used form of web hosting, most hosting firms and web hosting customers simply call it hosting or website hosting. As there is a considerable rivalry on the web hosting market, the majority of hosting suppliers try to offer reasonable prices and bonuses with their services. We, for example, offer different web hosting plans and two billing options - monthly and annual, based on your budget. If you select the annual invoicing cycle, you will obtain a bonus - one free-of-charge 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 web hosting solution. If your website grows beyond the resources offered by your shared website hosting package, a private virtual server is an appropriate solution. private virtual web server hosting account holders still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other VPS server web hosting account owners, but the hard drive is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own dedicated resources and can be configured almost like a real dedicated server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a virtual private web server are not shared. Furthermore, the virtualization technology offers you much more autonomy to configure your virtual private hosting server, but it also calls for a higher degree of technical expertise.
With the Dedicated Server solution, the client gets a whole dedicated server and can use all its resources. The dedicated web hosting solution is the most powerful of all website hosting solutions and offers loads of customization options - the dedicated hosting clients can pick the hardware and software specifications that will match their requirements. Dedicated system resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated web server hosting package is an excellent choice for a resource-demanding corporate website, for example - you will not share the dedicated hosting web server's system resources with anyone else and will receive full server root access. You will have complete control over the web hosting server, which will enable you to implement any server configuration changes that you might need. The setback of the dedicated server hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical proficiency is required - unless you hire an Information Technology professional, it will be your duty to administer and configure the physical machine. The dedicated server web hosting solution is also much more high-priced, since the cost of the dedicated server isn't shared between any other users.
A hosting tip for beginners
If you are just beginning to develop your website and are looking for a website hosting solution to start with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the most suitable choice. If your site outgrows your web hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for example, this is very easy and requires no migration of your data, because only the features of your hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting package to a more powerful one at any particular moment without having to worry about the number of days left before expiration. In addition, if you eventually reach the most powerful shared web hosting package and still need more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it suggests that your website's popularity has grown!), there always is the possibility to switch to a Virtual Private Server web hosting solution or a dedicated web server hosting platform without having to switch hosting service providers.