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Explanation of Web Hosting

Web hosting is a service that web hosting corporations provide so that you can upload your web site to the World Wide Web.

How can people see your site?

When you build a web site and you wish other people to access it, you will have to publish (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you try to make the site discoverable on the Internet by web hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it constantly online, which is why web hosting services exist.

How does web hosting work?

Web hosting distributors provide you with disk storage space for your website on their high-powered computers (web hosting servers) and guarantee constant website availability. When somebody writes your domain name (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 look at the content of your web site.

Hosting types

With the growth of online technologies, several types of web hosting services have come into being to match the various needs of website possessors, including shared website hosting services, Virtual Private Server hosting services and dedicated server hosting services.

Shared website hosting

Shared web hosting is the most popular form of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where one server is shared between many clients who are limited by the CPU, traffic and hosting server hard disk space quotas that they have been assigned. This type of website hosting is typically cheaper - you don't need to purchase the whole server upfront, since it is shared among numerous hosting clients, and the hosting vendor can afford to offer much more reasonable prices. It is also easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the hosting vendor takes care of all server maintenance procedures and security updates for you.

The drawback of the shared web hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's system resources with other web hosting users and if one web site becomes really busy it may influence (and slow down) the rest of the sites on that web server, but the majority of web hosting firms, including us at SupernovaHost, have protection platforms at work that obstruct that from occurring.

A description of a hosting service

Because shared website hosting is the most popular form of web hosting, the majority of web hosting suppliers and hosting users simply call it web hosting or website hosting. As there is a huge competition on the web hosting market, most hosting distributors try to provide modest prices and bonuses with their web hosting services. We, for example, provide different website hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and annual, depending on your finances. If you pick the yearly billing cycle, you will receive a present - one free-of-charge domain registration.

VPS web hosting

VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The VPS web hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated web hosting solution. If your web site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared web hosting account, a virtual private web server hosting package is a suitable solution. virtual private web server hosting account holders still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other VPS hosting account owners, but the hard disk drive is partitioned using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own dedicated resources and can be configured almost like an actual dedicated server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a private virtual web hosting server are not shared. Furthermore, the virtualization technology gives you much more autonomy to configure your VPS hosting server, but it also presupposes a higher degree of technical competence.

Dedicated Web Hosting

With the Dedicated Web Hosting solution, the client gets an entire dedicated hosting web server and can use all its resources. The dedicated server web hosting solution is the most powerful of all website hosting solutions and offers many configuration options - the dedicated server hosting users can select the hardware and software specs that will match their needs. Dedicated system resources and no-holds-barred performance are two reasons why a dedicated web hosting package is an excellent solution for a resource-absorbing business web portal, for instance - you will not share the hosting server's system resources with anyone else and will get complete server root access. You will exert full control over the hosting server, which will permit you to implement any configuration changes that you might need. The drawback of the dedicated web hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical know-how is needed - unless you engage an Information Technology pro, it will be your obligation to manage and configure the physical server. The dedicated web hosting solution is also much more expensive, since the cost of the dedicated web server isn't shared between any other customers.

A website hosting tip for beginners

If you are just starting to build your website and are seeking a web hosting solution to begin with, the shared website hosting solution remains the most relevant choice. If your site grows beyond your web hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for instance, this is very easy and does not necessitate migration of your files, since only the features of your account change. You can also upgrade your web hosting plan to a more powerful one at any given time without worrying about the time remaining until expiration. Additionally, if you finally reach the most powerful shared hosting plan and still need more resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it indicates that your site's popularity has increased!), there always is the option to move to a private virtual web hosting server or a dedicated server web hosting platform without having to swap hosting providers.