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Hosting is a service that hosting suppliers provide so that you can get your web site online.
How can people observe your web site?
When you build a website and you would like other individuals to notice it, you will have to copy (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you attempt to render the website visible on the Internet by hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it constantly online, which is why hosting services appeared.
How does hosting work?
Hosting corporations provide you with disk storage space for your web site on their high-powered computers (hosting servers) and guarantee continuous website availability. When somebody writes your web site address (for example www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's address bar, they will be connected to the web server where they can see the content of your website.
Types of web hosting
With the growth of online technologies, several types of web hosting services have emerged to fulfill the various expectations of web site owners, among them shared website hosting services, virtual web server hosting services and dedicated hosting services.
Shared website hosting
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 server is shared among many hosting account owners who are restricted by the CPU, web traffic and hosting server storage space quotas that they have been assigned. This type of website hosting is generally less expensive - you don't need to purchase the entire web hosting server upfront, as it is divided between numerous hosting account holders, and the web hosting services provider can afford to provide much cheaper prices. It is also easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-configured with all the required software and the web hosting company takes care of all server maintenance tasks and security updates for you.
The drawback of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the server's resources with other individuals and if one site becomes really popular it may influence (and slow down) all the other web sites on that web hosting server, but the majority of web hosting service providers, including us at quickinfoz, have security platforms at work that prevent that from occurring.
A description of a website hosting service
Because shared website hosting is the most common type of web hosting, most web hosting service providers and web hosting users simply call it web hosting or website hosting. As there is a large competition on the hosting marketplace, most hosting distributors strive to offer cheap prices and gifts with their services. We, for instance, provide different website hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and yearly, based on your budget. If you choose the yearly invoicing cycle, you will obtain a gift - one cost-free domain registration.
VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated server web hosting solution. If your web site outgrows the resources offered by your shared website hosting plan, a private virtual web server is a suitable option. VPS server web hosting customers still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other virtual server hosting customers, but the hard drive is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed resources and can be configured practically like a real dedicated web server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a virtual hosting server are not shared. Besides, the virtualization software gives you much more freedom to configure your private virtual web server, but it also presupposes a more advanced level of technical knowledge.
With the Dedicated Server solution, the user obtains an entire dedicated web server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated hosting solution is the most reliable of all web hosting solutions and offers a lot of customization options - the dedicated server hosting customers can choose the hardware and software specifications that will answer their needs. Dedicated system resources and no-holds-barred performance are among the reasons why a dedicated server hosting plan is an excellent solution for a heavy resource-devouring corporate site, for instance - you will not share the web server's system resources with anyone else and will be bestowed with complete root-level access. You will exercise complete authority over the server, which will permit you to make any server configuration changes that you might need. The setback of the dedicated server web hosting solution is that a higher level of technical proficiency is required - unless you hire an IT expert, it will be your duty to administer and configure the dedicated server. The dedicated web hosting solution is also much more costly, because the cost of the dedicated server isn't shared among any other users.
A website hosting advice for beginners
If you are just beginning to build your site and are looking for a hosting solution to start with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the most suitable choice. If your web site grows beyond your hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely easy and requires no migration of your website files, because only the features of your web hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more advanced one at any given time without having to worry about the time left before the expiration date. In addition, if you eventually reach the most powerful shared website hosting package and still require more system resources (which is great sometimes - it indicates that your site's popularity has grown!), there always is the possibility to migrate to a private virtual web server hosting platform or a dedicated web server without the need to switch web hosting providers.