There are different kinds of web hosting services suitable for different web portals with regard to the resources or the web space hosting environment they require. To select the most optimal hosting service for your web portal, you must access what server-side software programs it requires, how many daily hits you anticipate at the start and in the future, as well as any other special needs that may need to be covered.

Shared Hosting - Positive Sides

The most relevant alternative for small web pages with a few hundred or a few thousand viewers is a shared web hosting plan. With this form of site hosting, each user pays only for their plan, which reduces the overall cost per individual markedly. There are different shared webspace hosting solutions differing from one web hosting company to another, furnishing different amounts of data storage and bandwidth, different e-mail box account quotas and so on. The positive point is that you can pay for a plan that will offer the features your online portal in fact requires. You will not have to pay a lot of cash for a package you will not make use of, or end up with a small sized account that cannot shelter the online portal. At NTC Hosting, there is a huge array of shared web site hosting solutions appropriate for private or small business portals that even provide pre-installed script-driven platforms like Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to render things easier. If you commence with a less powerful plan and you demand more features, moving to a high-end plan takes just a mouse click.

NTC Hosting (Budget)
$4.95
per month
Web Content Space: Unlimited
Internet Bandwidth: Unlimited
Hosted Domains: 1
Email Mailboxes: 500
FTP Accounts: Unlimited
Free TLD Registration: Yes
InnoDB: Yes
Node.js: Optional
Memcached: Optional
Service Availability: 99.9% Uptime

Shared Web Page Hosting - Downsides

A weakness of the shared hosting platform is that the hosting servers have some software installed on them and you cannot install new software. Given web portals, mainly web stores, require applications to be activated on the hosting server for them to perform, and with a shared web space hosting platform, you can install only software platforms that do not need root access.

Virtual Private Hosting Servers and Dedicated Hosting Servers

For online portals that require full server root access, or if your portal has many 1000's or even millions of daily hits, what you demand is a VPS server or a dedicated hosting server. A VPS web server is a virtual emulation of a dedicated web hosting server and it works in absolutely the same way.

Private Virtual Servers

Both environments usually offer root access and can be restarted via a software platform by the user, independently from the web hosting company. Akin to the shared hosting accounts, the virtual web server hosting and the dedicated web server packages comprise diverse specs based on what the hosting company offers. A VPS hosting server plan includes guaranteed disk space, RAM and CPU quotas that can occasionally be expanded for brief periods of time if there are free resources on the physical server. With a dedicated server, the only limiting factor is the hardware equipment it is utilizing, and it can be revved up by changing or adding components. A private virtual server is easier to manipulate as it ships with virtualization software, which can be utilized to reboot it, to install applications, check stats, etc. The administration of a dedicated web hosting server is more complex, so such an account would rather be resorted to by competent customers.

Dedicated Web Servers

Still, some hosting suppliers provide managed dedicated web hosting solutions where they implement dedicated web server management assignments on behalf of the customer. This can be included in the package or an extra feature.

Before You Opt...

Choosing the best hosting plan is important as it can influence the stable work of a online portal. Prior to choosing a package, weigh the pros and cons, review thoroughly all the prerequisites for the website to run properly, particularly if it is script-based, and, last but not least, if you have already picked a host, the best you could do would be to ask their support staff for a suggestion as to which particular plan would be best for the proper functioning of your online portal.



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