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What is Web Hosting?
Web hosting is a service that hosting vendors provide so that you can put your site on the web.
How can people open your web site?
When you create a website and you would like other people to check it out, you will need to publish (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you try to make the website discoverable on the World Wide Web by web hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it constantly up and running, which is why hosting services appeared.
How does web hosting work?
Hosting distributors offer you disk space for your web site on their high-power computers (web hosting servers) and guarantee continuous website availability. When somebody writes your URL (for instance www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's address bar, they will be connected to the web server where they can have a look at the content of your site.
With the development of online technologies, several types of web hosting services have emerged to match the different needs of web site possessors, including shared website hosting services, private virtual web server hosting services and dedicated server hosting services.
Shared hosting is the most popular form of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where one web server is shared between plenty of web hosting account owners who are limited by the CPU, bandwidth and hard drive space quotas that they have been apportioned. This form of website hosting is commonly cheaper - you don't need to pay for the entire hosting server in advance, since it is divided among plenty of web hosting users, and the web hosting services provider can afford to offer much more moderate prices. It is also easier to use - the web server is pre-installed with all the required software and the web hosting distributor handles all server maintenance tasks and software updates for you.
The drawback of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the server's resources with other individuals and if a given web site becomes really popular it may affect (and slow down) all the other websites on that web server, but most hosting distributors, including us at Billixx IT Consulting, have security systems at work that obstruct that from occurring.
A description of a website hosting service
Because shared website hosting is the most popular type of web hosting, most hosting firms and web hosting users simply call it hosting or website hosting. As there is a huge rivalry on the web hosting market, most web hosting firms endeavor to offer affordable prices and bonuses with their services. We, for instance, provide different website hosting packages and two invoicing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your finances. If you choose the yearly invoicing cycle, you will receive a present - one free-of-charge domain registration.
VPS hosting services
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated server web hosting solution. If your site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared hosting plan, a Virtual Private Server web hosting package is an appropriate option. VPS web hosting account owners still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other VPS server hosting clients, but the hard drive is partitioned using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed system resources and can be configured almost like a real dedicated web server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a VPS web server are not shared. Moreover, the virtualization software offers you much more freedom to configure your virtual private web hosting server, but it also calls for a more advanced level of technical proficiency.
With the Dedicated Hosting solution, the client obtains a whole physical machine and can use all its resources. The dedicated web hosting solution is the most flexible of all website hosting solutions and offers countless customization possibilities - the dedicated server web hosting clients can pick the hardware and software specs that will answer their demands. Dedicated system resources and guaranteed performance are two reasons why a dedicated server hosting plan is an excellent solution for a popular corporate web portal, for example - you will not share the server's resources with anyone else and will be bestowed with full root access. You will have complete authority over the server, which will enable you to implement any server configuration modifications that you might require. The downside of the dedicated hosting solution is that a more advanced level of technical expertise is needed - unless you employ an Information Technology specialist, it will be your responsibility to manage and configure the physical server. The dedicated hosting solution is also much more high-priced, since the cost of the physical server isn't shared among any other customers.
A web hosting tip for novices
If you are just starting to build your web site and are looking for a website hosting solution to start with, the shared web hosting solution remains the most relevant choice. If your web site grows beyond your shared website hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for example, this is very easy and does not necessitate migration of your files, because only the parameters of your web hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting package to a more powerful one at any particular moment without worrying about the time remaining before expiration. Also, if you eventually reach the most advanced shared website hosting plan and still require more resources (which is great sometimes - it indicates that your web site's popularity has risen!), there always is the possibility to move to a virtual server hosting platform or a dedicated server hosting platform without the need to swap hosting providers.