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How Shared Web Hosting Operates

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Shared web hosting is a service that hosting suppliers offer so that you can put your site on the World Wide Web.

How can people check out your site?

When you create a website and you want other people to spot it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you attempt to render the web site visible on the web by shared web hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it up and running all the time, which is why web hosting services exist.

How does shared web hosting work?

Hosting companies provide you with disk drive space for your web site on their powerful computers (web servers) and ensure constant Internet access. When someone types your URL (for instance 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.

Types of hosting

With the progress of online technologies, different types of web hosting services have appeared to meet the different demands of web site owners, among them shared hosting services, virtual server web hosting services and dedicated hosting services.

Shared website hosting

Shared website hosting is the most commonly used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where one single web hosting server is shared between numerous hosting clients who are limited by the CPU, web traffic and web hosting storage space quotas that they have been allotted. This form of website hosting is usually less expensive - you don't need to purchase the entire web server upfront, as it is shared among multiple web hosting clients, and the web hosting services provider can afford to provide much more reasonable prices. It is also much easier to use - the server is pre-installed with all the necessary software and the web hosting supplier takes care of all server maintenance procedures and security updates for you.

The weakness of the shared hosting solution is that you share the server's resources with other shared web hosting account holders and if a given web site becomes very busy it may affect (and slow down) all the other sites on that web hosting server, but the majority of web hosting distributors, including us at NATURAL HOST SOLUTIONS, have protection platforms at work that prevent that from happening.

A description of a hosting service

Since shared website hosting is the most widely used form of web hosting, the majority of web hosting firms and web hosting clients simply refer to it as web hosting or website hosting. As there is a big rivalry on the web hosting market, most web hosting distributors strive to provide low prices and gifts with their web hosting services. We, for instance, provide different website hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and yearly, based on your finances. If you select the annual billing cycle, you will obtain a bonus - one free-of-charge domain name registration.

VPS web hosting

VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The VPS web hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated server web hosting solution. If your site outgrows the resources offered by your shared web hosting account, a private virtual hosting server package is an excellent option. VPS web hosting users still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other virtual server web hosting clients, but the server is split up using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own dedicated resources and can be configured almost like a full-fledged dedicated hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a virtual private web hosting server are not shared. Also, the virtualization technology offers you much more autonomy to configure your VPS web hosting server, but it also calls for a higher level of technical competence.

Dedicated Server Web Hosting

With the Dedicated Server Web Hosting solution, the client gets an entire dedicated web hosting server and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated web hosting solution is the most flexible of all website hosting solutions and offers multiple configuration possibilities - the customers can select the hardware and software specs that will match their demands. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated server web hosting plan is a perfect option for a data-heavy corporate web portal, for example - you will not share the physical machine's system resources with anyone else and will have full root privileges. You will exert full authority over the hosting server, which will permit you to make any configuration modifications that you might require. The drawback of the dedicated server web hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical competence is needed - unless you employ an IT expert, you will be responsible for administering and configuring the physical machine. The dedicated hosting solution is also far more costly, since the cost of the dedicated web server isn't shared among any other users.

A hosting advice for beginner users

If you are just beginning to create your web site and are searching for a website hosting solution to commence with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the most appropriate option. If your site grows beyond 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 website files, since only the parameters of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your hosting plan to a more powerful one at any given time without having to worry about the time left until expiration. Moreover, if you eventually reach the most advanced shared hosting plan and still need more resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it means that your site's popularity has grown!), there always is the option to migrate to a Virtual Private Server or a dedicated web hosting platform without needing to swap hosting providers.

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