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What Does Web Hosting Stand for?
Web hosting is a service that web hosting distributors offer so that you can put your website on the web.
How can people access your website?
When you develop a web site and you wish other people to see it, you will need to publish (or upload) it to a server. If you try to make the web site reachable on the web by web hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it online all the time, which is why website hosting services exist.
How does web hosting work?
Hosting suppliers provide you with content storage space for your website on their high-power computers (hosting servers) and guarantee constant Internet connectivity. When somebody writes your website address (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the server where they can have a glimpse at the content of your website.
With the growth of Internet technologies, several types of web hosting services have come into being to answer the various expectations of web site possessors, including shared hosting services, Virtual Private Server web hosting services and dedicated server hosting services.
Shared web hosting
Shared website hosting is the most common form of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where one single web server is divided among lots of customers who are limited by the CPU, traffic and server disk storage space quotas that they have been allocated. This form of hosting is usually less expensive - you don't need to purchase the whole web hosting server in advance, as it is divided between plenty of hosting account holders, and the hosting vendor can afford to provide much more moderate prices. It is also much easier to use - the server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the hosting vendor handles all server maintenance tasks and software updates for you.
The weak side of the shared web hosting solution is that you share the server's system resources with other web hosting users and if a given site becomes very busy it may influence (and slow down) all the other sites on that hosting server, but the majority of hosting service providers, including us at Enterate Alojamiento Web, have protection platforms in place that obstruct that from occurring.
A definition of a hosting service
Because shared website hosting is the most popular form of web hosting, most web hosting companies and hosting clients simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is an extensive rivalry on the hosting marketplace, most web hosts strive to offer cheap prices and gifts with their hosting services. We, for instance, offer different hosting plans and two billing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your resources. If you pick the annual billing cycle, you will get a present - one charge-free domain name registration.
VPS hosting plans
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. If your website outgrows the resources offered by your shared website hosting package, a private virtual hosting server is an appropriate solution. virtual server hosting account holders still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other VPS server web hosting account holders, but the server is split up using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own dedicated resources and can be configured almost like a full-fledged dedicated web hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a private virtual web server are not shared. In addition, the virtualization software offers you much more autonomy to configure your private virtual hosting server, but it also presupposes a higher level of technical expertise.
With the Dedicated Hosting solution, the customer gets a whole dedicated hosting server and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated web hosting solution is the most flexible of all hosting solutions and offers loads of customization possibilities - the dedicated server web hosting clients can pick the hardware and software specs that will match their needs. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are among the reasons why a dedicated server web hosting package is a perfect option for a high resource-demanding corporate web site, for instance - you will not share the dedicated server's resources with anyone else and will be bestowed with full root privileges. You will exert complete authority over the hosting server, which will enable you to make any server configuration modifications that you might require. The disadvantage of the dedicated hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical competence is needed - unless you employ an IT professional, it will be your responsibility to administer and configure the dedicated hosting server. The dedicated web server hosting solution is also much more high-priced, since the cost of the dedicated server isn't shared among any other clients.
A hosting tip for novices
If you are just beginning to create your website and are searching for a web hosting solution to start out with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the most reasonable choice. If your site outgrows your web 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 features of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your hosting package to a more powerful one at any particular time without worrying about the time left before expiration. In addition, if you eventually reach the most powerful shared website hosting package and still require more resources (which is great sometimes - it indicates that your web site's popularity has increased!), there always is the option to move to a VPS server web hosting solution or a dedicated web server without having to switch web hosting providers.