What Does Shared Hosting Signify?
Shared hosting is a service that hosting companies provide so that you can get your site online.
How can people view your web site?
When you create a web site and you wish other people to spot it, you will have to copy (or upload) it to a web server. If you try to make the web site visible on the World Wide Web by shared hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it online all the time, which is why website hosting services appeared.
How does shared hosting work?
Web hosting distributors provide you with data storage space for your web site on their high-powered computers (servers) and guarantee constant Internet access. When someone writes your website address (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's address bar, they will be connected to the web server where they can have a peek at the content of your website.
With the development of Internet technologies, different types of web hosting services have come into being to satisfy the different requirements of web site owners, including shared web hosting services, virtual server hosting services and dedicated hosting services.
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Shared hosting is the most commonly used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where a single server is shared between plenty of clients who are restricted by the CPU, bandwidth and hard drive storage space quotas that they have been assigned. This form of hosting is generally less expensive - you don't have to pay for the whole web hosting server in advance, as it is shared between plenty of customers, and the web hosting services provider can afford to offer much more reasonable prices. It is also easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-installed with all the necessary software and the hosting company handles all server maintenance tasks and software updates on your behalf.
The negative side of the shared hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's resources with other customers and if a given web site becomes really popular it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the websites on that hosting server, but the majority of hosting providers, including us at eSolution Hosting, have protection systems at work that impede that from taking place.
A description of a website hosting service
Since shared website hosting is the most common form of web hosting, most web hosting companies and web hosting clients simply call it web hosting or website hosting. As there is a large rivalry on the web hosting market, the majority of web hosting suppliers try to provide moderate prices and bonuses with their web hosting services. We, for instance, provide different hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and annual, based on your resources. If you select the annual invoicing cycle, you will get a gift - one free domain registration.
Virtual private servers plans
VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The Virtual private servers hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated web server hosting solution. If your web site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared website hosting plan, a virtual private web server hosting plan is an excellent option. VPS web server hosting account owners still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other VPS server web hosting clients, but the hard disk drive is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed resources and can be configured practically like an actual dedicated hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a virtual private web hosting server are not shared. Besides, the virtualization technology offers you much more freedom to configure your private virtual hosting server, but it also presupposes a more advanced level of technical knowledge.
With the Dedicated Server solution, the customer gets a whole dedicated web server and can utilize all its system resources. The dedicated web hosting solution is the most reliable of all web hosting solutions and offers multiple customization possibilities - the clients can choose the hardware and software specs that will answer their needs. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated web server is a perfect solution for a heavy resource-demanding corporate web portal, for instance - you will not share the physical machine's system resources with anyone else and will obtain complete root-level access. You will have full control over the physical server, which will enable you to implement any configuration modifications that you might need. The drawback of the dedicated web hosting solution is that a higher degree of technical know-how is needed - unless you hire an Information Technology specialist, you will be responsible for managing and configuring the physical machine. The dedicated server web hosting solution is also far more costly, because the cost of the dedicated web server isn't shared among any other users.
A web hosting advice for beginner users
If you are just beginning to build your website and are seeking a website hosting solution to commence with, the shared hosting solution persists to be the most sensible choice. If your website outgrows your website hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for instance, this is extremely easy and does not involve migration of your website files, because only the features of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting package to a more advanced one at any particular time without having to worry about the number of days remaining before expiration. Moreover, if you finally reach the most advanced shared website hosting plan and still require more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it signifies that your web site's popularity has increased!), there always is the possibility to switch to a private virtual web server hosting solution or a dedicated web server hosting platform without the need to swap web hosting providers.