Hosting is a service that web hosts offer so that you can publish your web site on the World Wide Web.
How can people observe your website?
When you make a website and you wish other people to visit it, you will have to publish (or upload) it to a server. If you try to render the website visible online by hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it always online, which is why website hosting services appeared.
How does hosting work?
Web hosting companies offer you disk space for your website on their high-end computers (web servers) and ensure constant Internet access. When someone types your web address (for example www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the web server where they can take a look at the content of your website.
Web hosting varieties
With the growth of web technologies, several types of web hosting services have appeared to answer the various expectations of website possessors, among them shared web hosting services, VPS server web hosting services and dedicated web hosting services.
Shared web hosting
Shared web hosting is the most widely used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where one single server is divided between a lot of web hosting account holders who are limited by the CPU, traffic and server hard drive space quotas that they have been allocated. This form of website hosting is generally cheaper - you don't have to pay for the entire server in advance, since it is shared among multiple hosting account owners, and the web hosting supplier can afford to provide much more reasonable prices. It is also much easier to use - the hosting server is pre-installed with all the necessary software and the hosting services provider takes care of all server maintenance procedures and software updates for you.
The weakness of the shared web hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's system resources with other shared web hosting account owners and if a given web site becomes very popular it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the sites on that hosting server, but the majority of hosting companies, including us at Supreme BroadBand Hosting, have security systems in place that obstruct that from happening.
A definition of a hosting service
Because shared website hosting is the most common type of web hosting, most web hosts and web hosting customers simply refer to it as web hosting or website hosting. As there is a huge rivalry on the web hosting marketplace, the majority of hosting providers try to offer modest prices and gifts with their hosting services. We, for example, provide different website hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and annual, depending on your finances. If you select the yearly invoicing cycle, you will obtain a present - one free-of-cost domain name registration.
VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated web server hosting solution. If your site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared website hosting account, a Virtual Private Server hosting package is an excellent solution. VPS web server hosting users still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other private virtual server web hosting users, but the physical server is partitioned using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own dedicated system resources and can be configured practically like a real dedicated hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a VPS hosting server are not shared. Furthermore, the virtualization software offers you much more autonomy to configure your VPS hosting server, but it also presupposes a more advanced degree of technical competence.
With the Dedicated Package solution, the customer gets an entire dedicated server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated web server hosting solution is the most flexible of all hosting solutions and offers a multitude of customization options - the dedicated server hosting customers can choose the hardware and software specifications that will satisfy their demands. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are among the reasons why a dedicated server web hosting package is a perfect choice for a intense-traffic corporate portal, for instance - you will not share the physical server's system resources with anyone else and will acquire complete server root access. You will have full authority over the web hosting server, which will allow you to implement any server configuration modifications that you might need. The disadvantage of the dedicated web hosting solution is that a higher level of technical competence is required - unless you engage an Information Technology specialist, it will be your obligation to manage and configure the dedicated web server. The dedicated web hosting solution is also far more costly, because the cost of the server isn't shared between any other users.
A website hosting recommendation for beginner users
If you are just starting to create your site and are looking for a website hosting solution to begin with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the most suitable choice. If your site outgrows your shared website hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for instance, this is extremely easy and does not involve migration of your web site files, since only the parameters of your web 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. Also, if you finally reach the most powerful shared website hosting plan and still require more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it implies that your site's popularity has expanded!), there always is the possibility to move to a VPS hosting solution or a dedicated web hosting platform without needing to switch web hosting providers.
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