What Does Web Hosting Represent?
Website hosting is a service that hosting distributors provide so that you can put your site online.
How can people open your website?
When you develop a website and you wish other persons to check it out, you will have to publish (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you try to make the website discoverable on the World Wide Web by hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it constantly up and running, which is why website hosting services appeared.
How does web site hosting work?
Web hosting suppliers provide you with space for your site on their powerful computers (servers) and guarantee constant network uptime. When someone writes your web address (for instance www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's address bar, they will be connected to the web hosting server where they can take a look at the content of your site.
Web hosting varieties
With the development of online technologies, different types of web hosting services have appeared to answer the different demands of web site possessors, including shared website hosting services, private virtual server hosting services and dedicated hosting services.
Shared web site hosting
Shared website hosting is the most commonly used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where one hosting server is divided between many web hosting clients who are restricted by the CPU, bandwidth and data space quotas that they have been apportioned. This type of hosting is generally cheaper - you don't have to buy the entire hosting server in advance, since it is divided between many web hosting account holders, and the hosting company can afford to provide much more affordable prices. It is also much easier to use - the web server is pre-installed with all the required software and the hosting solutions provider takes care of all server maintenance procedures and security updates on your behalf.
The weak side of the shared web hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's system resources with other shared hosting account owners and if a given web site becomes very busy it may influence (and slow down) all the other websites on that hosting server, but most web hosting providers, including NTC Hosting, have protection platforms in place that prevent that from taking place.
A definition of a web site hosting service
Since shared web hosting is the most commonly used form of web hosting, most web hosting companies and hosting users simply refer to it as hosting or web site hosting. As there is a large competition on the hosting marketplace, most web hosting firms endeavor to provide low prices and bonuses with their web hosting services. NTC Hosting, for example, provides different website hosting plans and two billing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your finances. If you pick the annual invoicing cycle, you will receive a present - one free-of-cost domain registration.
private virtual web hosting server plans
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. The VPS server web hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. If your site outgrows the resources offered by your shared hosting plan, a private virtual web server package is a suitable solution. Virtual Private Server hosting account owners still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other VPS web hosting account owners, but the disk drive is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed system resources and can be configured practically like an actual dedicated web hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a virtual private web hosting server are not shared. Moreover, the virtualization software gives you much more autonomy to configure your virtual web server, but it also presupposes a more advanced degree of technical competence.
Dedicated server hosting solutions
With the dedicated server hosting solution, the customer gets an entire hosting server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated web server hosting solution is the most robust of all hosting solutions and offers a myriad of customization options - the dedicated web hosting customers can pick the hardware and software specifications that will fulfill their demands. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are two reasons why a dedicated server hosting plan is a perfect choice for a repeatedly visited corporate site, for example - you will not share the physical server's resources with anyone else and will receive root access. You will exercise full authority over the physical machine, which will enable you to implement any configuration modifications that you might need. The setback of the dedicated server hosting solution is that a higher level of technical know-how is required - unless you hire an IT specialist, it will be your responsibility to administer and configure the dedicated hosting web server. The dedicated web server hosting solution is also far more expensive, since the cost of the dedicated web hosting server isn't shared among any other clients.
A web hosting tip for beginner users
If you are just beginning to create your website and are looking for a web site hosting solution to commence with, the shared web hosting solution remains the most logical option. If your site grows beyond your website hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With NTC Hosting, for example, this is very easy and requires no migration of your files, since only the features of your account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting package to a more advanced one at any particular moment without worrying about the time left until the expiration date. What is more, if you eventually reach the most powerful shared web hosting plan and still require more resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it means that your site's popularity has expanded!), there always is the option to switch to a VPS server hosting solution or a dedicated web server hosting solution without the need to switch hosting service providers.