Hosting is a service that web hosting service providers offer so that you can put your web site on the web.
How can people open your site?
When you build a web site and you would like other people to observe it, you will have to copy (or upload) it to a web server. If you try to render the web site available online by 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 exist.
How does hosting work?
Hosting suppliers provide you with hard disk storage space for your web site on their high-end computers (hosting servers) and ensure uninterrupted Internet access. When someone writes your URL (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the web server where they can take a glimpse at the content of your site.
With the growth of Internet technologies, several types of web hosting services have come into being to satisfy the various requirements of web site owners, including shared hosting services, private virtual server hosting services and dedicated hosting services.
Shared web hosting
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Shared website hosting is the most popular form of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where one hosting server is shared between plenty of shared hosting account holders who are restricted by the CPU, bandwidth and hosting server hard disk space quotas that they have been assigned. This form of web hosting is generally less expensive - you don't need to purchase the whole web hosting server upfront, since it is shared between plenty of users, and the hosting supplier can afford to provide much more modest prices. It is also easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-configured with all the required software and the web hosting supplier takes care of all server maintenance procedures and security updates on your behalf.
The weakness of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the server's system resources with other web hosting users and if a given web site becomes very popular it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the web sites on that web hosting server, but the majority of web hosting distributors, including us at JoshWho Web Hosting, have protection systems at work that obstruct that from happening.
A definition of a hosting service
Since shared website hosting is the most common type of web hosting, the majority of hosting suppliers and hosting clients simply call it web hosting or website hosting. As there is an extensive competition on the hosting marketplace, most hosting suppliers try to offer moderate prices and gifts with their web hosting services. We, for instance, offer different hosting packages and two invoicing options - monthly and annual, depending on your resources. If you select the annual invoicing cycle, you will receive a gift - one free-of-cost domain name registration.
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated server web hosting solution. If your site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared website hosting plan, a virtual private web server plan is a possible choice. private virtual server web hosting clients still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other private virtual web server hosting clients, but the physical server is split up using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own dedicated resources and can be configured practically like a full-fledged dedicated hosting server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a private virtual web hosting server are not shared. Moreover, the virtualization software gives you much more freedom to configure your VPS web hosting server, but it also calls for a more advanced degree of technical proficiency.
With the Dedicated Server solution, the client obtains a whole physical machine and can use all its system resources. The dedicated hosting solution is the most flexible of all web hosting solutions and offers lots of customization options - the dedicated server web hosting clients can select the hardware and software specs that will fulfill their requirements. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are two reasons why a dedicated web server hosting plan is an excellent option for a regularly visited corporate portal, for example - you will not share the dedicated server's system resources with anyone else and will be given root privileges. You will have complete authority over the web hosting server, which will enable you to make any server configuration modifications that you might need. The weak side of the dedicated hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical competence is required - unless you hire an IT expert, it will be your obligation to manage and configure the physical machine. The dedicated hosting solution is also far more high-priced, because the cost of the dedicated web server isn't shared among any other clients.
A web hosting advice for beginner users
If you are just starting to build your site and are looking for a website hosting solution to start out with, the shared website hosting solution remains the best option. If your website outgrows your web hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely easy and requires no migration of your data, since only the parameters of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting package to a more advanced one at any particular moment without worrying about the time remaining until expiration. Additionally, 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 site's popularity has increased!), there always is the possibility to move to a Virtual Private Server web hosting solution or a dedicated hosting solution without needing to change web hosting providers.