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How Does Hosting Function?

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Hosting is a service that hosting corporations provide so that you can upload your site to the World Wide Web.

How can people observe your website?

When you create a site and you wish other people to access it, you will need to publish (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you try to make the web site discoverable on the World Wide Web by hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it always up and running, which is why website hosting services came into being.

How does hosting work?

Web hosting providers offer you data storage space for your web site on their high-power computers (web hosting servers) and ensure constant Internet connectivity. When somebody types your web site address (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's address bar, they will be connected to the server where they can take a peek at the content of your site.

Web hosting varieties

With the growth of Internet technologies, different types of web hosting services have come into existence to answer the various requirements of web site owners, among them shared website hosting services, virtual private web server hosting services and dedicated web server hosting services.

Shared website hosting

Shared web hosting is the most popular form of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where one single web hosting server is divided between many web hosting customers who are limited by the CPU, web traffic and web space quotas that they have been assigned. This type of hosting is normally less expensive - you don't need to purchase the entire web server upfront, since it is shared among lots of web hosting account owners, and the web hosting vendor can afford to provide much more reasonable prices. It is also 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 procedures and security updates on your behalf.

The negative side of the shared web hosting solution is that you share the server's resources with other web hosting account owners and if a given site becomes really popular it may influence (and slow down) all the other sites on that web server, but the majority of hosting vendors, including us at artichosts, have security systems at work that obstruct that from taking place.

A description of a web hosting service

Because shared website hosting is the most popular form of web hosting, the majority of hosting vendors and hosting users simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is a considerable competition on the web hosting market, the majority of hosting suppliers strive to provide reasonable prices and gifts with their web hosting services. We, for instance, offer different web hosting plans and two billing options - monthly and yearly, based on your resources. If you choose the yearly invoicing cycle, you will receive a gift - one free-of-charge domain registration.

VPS services

VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated server hosting solution. If your web site outgrows the resources offered by your shared web hosting package, a virtual private web server is an appropriate option. virtual server hosting account owners still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other VPS server web hosting account holders, but the disk space is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed system resources and can be configured almost like a full-fledged dedicated server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a VPS are not shared. In addition, the virtualization technology offers you much more freedom to configure your VPS web hosting server, but it also calls for a more advanced degree of technical knowledge.

Dedicated Server

With the Dedicated Server solution, the customer obtains an entire server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated web hosting solution is the most robust of all website hosting solutions and offers countless configuration possibilities - the dedicated server hosting users can choose the hardware and software specs that will fulfill their demands. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are two reasons why a dedicated hosting web server is a perfect solution for a resource-swallowing corporate portal, for example - you will not share the dedicated web hosting server's resources with anyone else and will receive full server root privileges. You will have complete authority over the web server, which will enable you to make any configuration changes that you might need. The weakness of the dedicated web server hosting solution is that a higher degree of technical know-how is required - unless you hire an Information Technology pro, you will be responsible for administering and configuring the server. The dedicated web server hosting solution also costs much more, since the cost of the dedicated hosting server isn't shared between any other users.

A web hosting tip for beginners

If you are just beginning to build your website and are looking for a website hosting solution to start with, the shared web hosting solution persists to be the most intelligent option. If your website outgrows your website hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for instance, this is very easy and does not necessitate migration of your web site files, because only the features of your hosting account change. You can also upgrade your hosting plan to a more powerful one at any given moment without worrying about the remaining time until the expiration date. Besides, if you eventually reach the most advanced shared web hosting package and still require more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it means that your site's popularity has expanded!), there always is the possibility to move to a private virtual web hosting server or a dedicated server without needing to change hosting providers.

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