Web Hosting Unmasked
Web hosting is a service that hosting service providers offer so that you can publish your site online.
How can people find your site?
When you develop a website and you wish other people to check it out, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you attempt to render the website visible online by web hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it online all the time, which is why hosting services came into existence.
How does web hosting work?
Web hosting companies provide you with disk drive space for your website on their high-end computers (web hosting servers) and ensure constant network uptime. When somebody writes your domain (e.g. 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 glance at the content of your website.
With the progress of Internet technologies, different types of web hosting services have come into existence to answer the various needs of website owners, among them shared hosting services, Virtual Private Server hosting services and dedicated server web hosting services.
Shared website hosting
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
Shared website hosting is the most widely used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where one web hosting server is shared among numerous users who are restricted by the CPU, bandwidth and web hosting server hard disk space quotas that they have been allocated. This form of website hosting is generally cheaper - you don't need to pay for the whole web hosting server in advance, as it is divided among numerous web hosting account owners, and the web hosting services provider can afford to offer much more affordable prices. It is also easier to use - the server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the web hosting vendor takes care of all server maintenance procedures and security updates on your behalf.
The weakness of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the server's resources with other web hosting clients and if one website becomes very popular it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the sites on that server, but the majority of web hosting firms, including us at InterGadget, have protection systems at work that obstruct that from occurring.
A description of a web hosting service
Since shared web hosting is the most common type of web hosting, the majority of hosting companies and web hosting clients simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is an immense rivalry on the web hosting market, the majority of web hosting suppliers endeavor to offer modest prices and gifts with their web hosting services. We, for example, offer different web hosting plans and two billing options - monthly and annual, depending on your budget. If you pick the yearly billing cycle, you will obtain a present - one free-of-charge domain 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 web hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. If your web site outgrows the resources offered by your shared hosting account, a private virtual web server hosting package is a good option. VPS hosting users still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other Virtual Private Server web hosting customers, but the hard disk space is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed resources and can be configured practically like an actual dedicated server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a private virtual server are not shared. Furthermore, the virtualization software gives you much more autonomy to configure your virtual private hosting server, but it also presupposes a more advanced level of technical competence.
Dedicated Web Hosting
With the Dedicated Web Hosting solution, the client obtains a whole dedicated web server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated server hosting solution is the most robust of all website hosting solutions and offers loads of customization options - the dedicated web hosting customers can select the hardware and software specifications that will answer their demands. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are among the reasons why a dedicated hosting server is an excellent choice for a large business site, for instance - you will not share the dedicated hosting server's system resources with anyone else and will obtain complete root access. You will exercise complete control over the physical machine, which will allow you to make any configuration modifications that you might need. The disadvantage of the dedicated web server hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical competence is required - unless you employ an Information Technology professional, it will be your obligation to manage and configure the dedicated hosting server. The dedicated hosting solution also costs far more, because the cost of the dedicated hosting server isn't shared among any other clients.
A hosting recommendation for beginner users
If you are just starting to build your web site and are searching for a website hosting solution to start out with, the shared website hosting solution remains the most intelligent choice. If your site outgrows your shared web hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for instance, this is extremely easy and does not necessitate migration of your files, because only the parameters of your web hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting package to a more advanced one at any particular moment without worrying about the number of days remaining until the expiration date. Besides, if you eventually reach the most powerful shared web hosting plan and still need more resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it indicates that your site's popularity has expanded!), there always is the option to migrate to a virtual private web server or a dedicated web server without needing to swap web hosting providers.