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There are different types of hosting plans suitable for different web portals in regard to the resources or the hosting platform they require. To choose the most relevant hosting service for your web portal, you have to access what server-side software it demands, how many hits per day you anticipate at the beginning and in the future, as well as any other specific needs that may have to be covered.
Shared web hosting - Positive Sides
The best option for small sized online portals with several hundred or a few thousand viewers is a shared hosting solution. With this type of web space hosting, each user pays only for their account, which lowers the total price per customer drastically. There are various web hosting packages varying from one hosting provider to another, supplying different amounts of data storage and bandwidth, different email quotas and so on. The privilege is that you can buy an account that will offer the specifications your web page indeed requires. You will not have to pay plenty of money for a plan you will not make use of, or wind up with a small account that cannot shelter the web site. We, at Hosting Webs UK, offer a vast variety of hosting accounts suitable for private or small business pages that even offer pre-installed script-powered systems such as Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to render it simpler. If you kick off with a cheaper plan and you need more functionalities, moving to a more feature-rich account requires just a mouse click.
Shared web hosting - Weak Sides
A negative side of the shared web hosting platform is that the servers have some software applications installed on them and you are unable to activate new software. Certain sites, mainly web storefronts, require software applications to be present on the web hosting server for them to work, and with a shared website hosting solution, you can activate solely software that does not require root-level access.
Private Virtual Web Hosting Servers and Dedicated Servers
For web portals that request root-level access, or if your web page has many 1000's or even millions of daily hits, what you demand is a VPS or a dedicated package. A virtual private hosting server is a software emulation of a dedicated server and it runs in absolutely the same manner.
VPS Hosting Servers
Both platforms typically offer full server root privileges and can be rebooted via a software platform by the customer, autonomously from the web hosting provider. Just like the shared web hosting plans, the VPS and the dedicated server web hosting packages have diverse specs depending on what the hosting supplier offers. A virtual private hosting server plan offers guaranteed data storage, RAM and CPU quotas that can at times be enlarged for short spans of time provided that there are spare system resources on the physical machine. With a dedicated hosting server, the only limit is the hardware it is making use of, and it can be upgraded by altering or appending components. A virtual web hosting server is easier to manage as it involves a virtualization platform, which can be used to reboot it, to install software applications, monitor stats, etc. The management of a dedicated hosting server is more complicated, so such a package would rather be resorted to by trained users.
Dedicated Web Hosting Servers
Yet, certain web hosting providers provide managed dedicated web server hosting solutions where they implement web hosting server administration tasks on behalf of the customer. This can be included in the package or an extra upgrade.
Before You Reach a Decision...
Opting for the top hosting package is crucial as it can have an effect on the proper performance of a web site. Prior to settling on an account, weigh the pros and cons, review thoroughly all the requirements for the web portal to run properly, especially if it is script-driven. And if you are still unsure which one is the best hosting service for you, consult with our live chat operators or call us - our sales representatives will be happy to help you and answer all your questions.