How Web Hosting Services Functions
Web hosting is a service that hosting companies provide so that you can publish your site on the web.
How can people visit your website?
When you set up a website and you wish other people to observe it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you try to make the site accessible on the Internet by web hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it up and running all the time, which is why website hosting services came into being.
How does web hosting work?
Hosting service providers offer you space for your website on their high-power computers (hosting servers) and ensure constant Internet connection. When somebody types your web address (for example www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's address bar, they will be connected to the web server where they can have a gaze at the content of your website.
With the advance of Internet technologies, different types of web hosting services have come into being to meet the various requirements of web site owners, among them shared website hosting services, VPS web server hosting services and dedicated web server hosting services.
Shared web hosting
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Shared hosting is the most widely used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where a single web server is divided between many clients who are restricted by the CPU, traffic and web server hard drive space quotas that they have been allocated. This type of hosting is typically cheaper - you don't have to buy the whole hosting server in advance, since it is divided between lots of customers, and the web hosting solutions provider can afford to offer much lower prices. It is also easier to use - the hosting server is pre-installed with all the necessary software and the hosting distributor handles all server maintenance procedures and software updates on your behalf.
The downside of the shared hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's system resources with other web hosting account holders and if one web site becomes very busy it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the web sites on that web hosting server, but the majority of web hosts, including us at Seemon Tech, have protection platforms at work that obstruct that from occurring.
A description of a website hosting service
Since shared hosting is the most commonly used type of web hosting, most hosting firms and web hosting clients simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is a large competition on the website hosting market, the majority of hosting providers strive to provide cheap prices and gifts with their services. We, for example, provide different website hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and annual, depending on your budget. If you select the annual invoicing cycle, you will get a present - one free domain name registration.
VPS hosting services
VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. If your website grows beyond the resources offered by your shared hosting account, a VPS web server hosting package is a good choice. VPS web server hosting account owners still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other Virtual Private Server hosting clients, but the hard drive is partitioned using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own guaranteed resources and can be configured practically like a full-fledged dedicated hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a private virtual hosting server are not shared. Furthermore, the virtualization technology offers you much more autonomy to configure your virtual private web hosting server, but it also presupposes a more advanced level of technical proficiency.
With the Dedicated Hosting solution, the client gets a whole hosting server and can use all its resources. The dedicated server hosting solution is the most flexible of all web hosting solutions and offers a multitude of configuration possibilities - the dedicated server web hosting users can choose the hardware and software specs that will satisfy their requirements. Dedicated system resources and guaranteed performance are two reasons why a dedicated web hosting package is an excellent option for a regularly visited business portal, for example - you will not share the hosting server's resources with anyone else and will obtain full server root access. You will have complete control over the web hosting server, which will enable you to make any configuration modifications that you might require. The setback of the dedicated server web hosting solution is that a more advanced level of technical competence is required - unless you employ an Information Technology specialist, you will be responsible for managing and configuring the dedicated web hosting server. The dedicated server web hosting solution is also much more high-priced, since the cost of the server isn't shared between any other clients.
A website hosting tip for beginner users
If you are just beginning to create your web site and are looking for a website hosting solution to start out with, the shared hosting solution persists to be the most relevant choice. If your website outgrows your shared website hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for instance, this is very easy and does not involve migration of your website files, because only the features of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more powerful one at any particular time without worrying about the time remaining before expiration. Also, if you finally reach the most powerful shared web hosting plan and still need more system resources (which is great sometimes - it implies that your site's popularity has increased!), there always is the option to switch to a Virtual Private Server web hosting solution or a dedicated server without needing to switch hosting service providers.