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Hosting Packages Definition
Hosting is a service that web hosts offer so that you can upload your web site to the World Wide Web.
How can people notice your site?
When you create a site and you wish other people to spot it, you will need to publish (or upload) it to a web server. If you attempt to render the web site accessible on the Internet by hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it always online, which is why hosting services exist.
How does hosting work?
Hosting providers offer you hard drive storage space for your site on their powerful computers (web servers) and ensure constant website availability. When someone types your URL (for instance www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's address bar, they will be connected to the hosting server where they can have a glance at the content of your site.
With the advance of Internet technologies, different types of web hosting services have emerged to match the various requirements of website possessors, among them shared hosting services, private virtual web server hosting services and dedicated web hosting services.
Shared website hosting
Shared website hosting is the most commonly used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where a single server is divided between a lot of clients who are restricted by the CPU, traffic and storage space quotas that they have been allocated. This type of web hosting is typically less expensive - you don't have to buy the whole web hosting server in advance, as it is divided between numerous web hosting users, and the web hosting supplier can afford to offer much more affordable prices. It is also easier to use - the hosting server is pre-installed with all the necessary software and the hosting distributor handles all server maintenance tasks and software updates for you.
The setback of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's resources with other shared web hosting account owners and if one site becomes really busy it may affect (and slow down) all the other web sites on that web server, but the majority of web hosting vendors, including us at Host At Go, have protection platforms at work that impede that from occurring.
A description of a website hosting service
Because shared website hosting is the most popular form of web hosting, the majority of web hosting providers and hosting users simply refer to it as web hosting or website hosting. As there is a big rivalry on the website hosting market, the majority of web hosting distributors try to offer moderate prices and bonuses with their hosting services. We, for instance, offer different hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your finances. If you choose the yearly invoicing cycle, you will get a gift - one cost-free domain registration.
VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated web server hosting solution. If your web site outgrows the resources offered by your shared hosting package, a VPS web server plan is an appropriate option. virtual server web hosting account holders still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other VPS web server hosting account owners, but the hard drive space is split up using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own guaranteed system resources and can be configured practically like a real dedicated web server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a virtual private hosting server are not shared. Furthermore, the virtualization software offers you much more autonomy to configure your virtual private web server, but it also presupposes a more advanced level of technical expertise.
With the Dedicated Package solution, the client obtains a whole web 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 lot of customization options - the dedicated web server hosting users can select the hardware and software specifications that will fulfill their needs. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are among the reasons why a dedicated web hosting server is an excellent solution for a large-scale business site, for example - you will not share the web hosting server's resources with anyone else and will acquire full server root access. You will exercise complete control over the web server, which will permit you to make any configuration modifications that you might require. The weakness of the dedicated server web hosting solution is that a more advanced level of technical expertise is required - unless you employ an IT pro, it will be your obligation to manage and configure the dedicated web server. The dedicated web server hosting solution is also far more costly, because the cost of the dedicated web server isn't shared between any other clients.
A hosting tip for beginners
If you are just starting to create your website and are searching for a website hosting solution to begin with, the shared hosting solution remains the most appropriate option. If your web site grows beyond your hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for example, this is very easy and requires no migration of your web site files, because only the features of your hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more powerful one at any particular moment without worrying about the number of days left until expiration. Additionally, if you finally reach the most powerful shared website hosting package and still require more resources (which is great sometimes - it means that your website's popularity has expanded!), there always is the possibility to move to a virtual server web hosting solution or a dedicated server web hosting solution without needing to switch hosting providers.