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Hosting Packages Explanation
Hosting is a service that hosting providers offer so that you can upload your website to the web.
How can people view your site?
When you set up a site and you would like other persons to notice it, you will have to copy (or upload) it to a server. If you try to render the web site accessible on the World Wide Web by hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it up and running all the time, which is why hosting services came into existence.
How does hosting work?
Web hosting vendors provide you with hard disk space for your website on their high-power computers (servers) and ensure uninterrupted Internet connection. When someone types your web address (for instance www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the server where they can have a peek at the content of your site.
Types of hosting
With the progress of online technologies, several types of web hosting services have emerged to answer the various needs of website owners, among them shared website hosting services, VPS web server hosting services and dedicated web server hosting services.
Shared web hosting
Shared website hosting is the most commonly used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where one web hosting server is divided between lots of web hosting clients who are limited by the CPU, bandwidth and hosting space quotas that they have been allotted. This form of hosting is normally cheaper - you don't have to pay for the whole server in advance, as it is divided between lots of web hosting clients, and the web hosting supplier can afford to offer much more modest prices. It is also much easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the hosting company takes care of all server maintenance tasks and security updates on your behalf.
The weak side of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the server's resources with other hosting users and if one web site becomes very popular it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the sites on that hosting server, but most hosting service providers, including us at Hosting Webs UK, have protection systems in place that hinder that from occurring.
A description of a website hosting service
Since shared web hosting is the most widely used form of web hosting, most web hosting vendors and web hosting clients simply call it web hosting or website hosting. As there is a huge rivalry on the website hosting market, most hosting service providers strive to provide reasonable prices and bonuses with their hosting services. We, for example, provide different website hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and yearly, based on your funds. If you select the annual invoicing cycle, you will receive a bonus - 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 web server hosting solution. If your website outgrows the resources offered by your shared website hosting package, a VPS hosting package is a suitable option. virtual server web hosting account owners still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other private virtual server hosting clients, but the hard disk drive is partitioned using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own guaranteed system resources and can be configured practically like an actual dedicated hosting server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a Virtual Private Server are not shared. Moreover, the virtualization technology offers you much more freedom to configure your VPS web server, but it also presupposes a higher degree of technical expertise.
With the Dedicated Package solution, the client gets a whole server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated web hosting solution is the most powerful of all website hosting solutions and offers tons of customization possibilities - the dedicated server hosting customers can choose the hardware and software specs that will meet their demands. Dedicated system resources and no-holds-barred performance are among the reasons why a dedicated hosting server is an excellent solution for a resource-requiring business portal, for instance - you will not share the web server's system resources with anyone else and will gain root privileges. You will exert full control over the server, which will permit you to make any configuration modifications that you might need. The downside of the dedicated server web hosting solution is that a more advanced level of technical proficiency is needed - unless you engage an Information Technology expert, it will be your responsibility to administer and configure the dedicated server. The dedicated hosting solution is also far more costly, since the cost of the dedicated hosting server isn't shared between any other users.
A hosting advice for beginner users
If you are just starting to develop your website and are looking for a web hosting solution to commence with, the shared web hosting solution remains the most suitable choice. If your web site outgrows your website hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for example, this is very easy and does not involve migration of your website files, because only the parameters of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your hosting plan to a more powerful one at any particular time without having to worry about the number of days remaining until expiration. What is more, if you finally reach the most advanced shared website hosting plan and still need more resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it means that your website's popularity has increased!), there always is the option to move to a virtual private web server hosting platform or a dedicated server web hosting solution without needing to switch hosting service providers.