How Web Hosting Services Functions
Web hosting is a service that hosting companies offer so that you can publish your web site online.
How can people notice your website?
When you set up a website and you want other people to access it, you will have to publish (or upload) it to a server. If you attempt to render the web site accessible online by 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 website hosting services exist.
How does web hosting work?
Hosting providers provide you with data storage space for your site on their high-powered computers (hosting servers) and ensure uninterrupted Internet connectivity. When someone writes your web address (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the web hosting server where they can take a glance at the content of your website.
Types of hosting
With the advancement of online technologies, different types of web hosting services have come into existence to match the different expectations of web site proprietors, including shared website hosting services, private virtual web server hosting services and dedicated web server hosting services.
Shared web hosting
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Shared web hosting is the most commonly used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where one hosting server is divided between many web hosting users who are restricted by the CPU, bandwidth and web server disk space quotas that they have been allotted. This form of web hosting is normally cheaper - you don't need to buy the entire server in advance, since it is divided among plenty of web hosting customers, and the web hosting company can afford to offer much more reasonable prices. It is also much easier to use - the hosting server is pre-installed with all the necessary software and the hosting vendor takes care of all server maintenance procedures and security updates on your behalf.
The downside of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's system resources with other persons and if a given website becomes really popular 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 Molax Hosting, have security platforms at work that impede that from happening.
A description of a web hosting service
Since shared hosting is the most popular type of web hosting, the majority of web hosting firms and web hosting clients simply call it hosting or website hosting. As there is an immense rivalry on the hosting market, most web hosting distributors endeavor to provide affordable prices and gifts with their web hosting services. We, for instance, provide different hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and yearly, based on your finances. If you pick the yearly invoicing cycle, you will obtain a gift - one free domain registration.
VPS hosting services
VPS stands 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 site outgrows the resources offered by your shared website hosting account, a private virtual server hosting package is an appropriate choice. VPS web hosting account owners still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other virtual private web server hosting clients, but the hard disk is split up using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own dedicated system 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 hosting server are not shared. Furthermore, the virtualization software offers you much more autonomy to configure your private virtual hosting server, but it also calls for a more advanced degree of technical competence.
With the Dedicated Hosting solution, the customer obtains an entire dedicated web hosting server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated server hosting solution is the most flexible of all website hosting solutions and offers countless configuration possibilities - the clients can choose the hardware and software specs that will meet their requirements. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are among the reasons why a dedicated web hosting package is an excellent choice for a big corporate website, for instance - you will not share the dedicated web hosting server's resources with anyone else and will be bestowed with complete root-level access. You will exert full authority over the machine, which will allow you to make any server configuration changes that you might require. The downside of the dedicated web hosting solution is that a higher degree of technical competence is needed - unless you employ an Information Technology expert, it will be your responsibility to administer and configure the physical server. The dedicated server hosting solution also costs far more, because the cost of the dedicated hosting server isn't shared among any other clients.
A hosting tip for novices
If you are just starting to create your site and are looking for a hosting solution to start out with, the shared web hosting solution remains the most appropriate choice. If your site outgrows your shared hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for instance, this is extremely easy and does not necessitate migration of your website files, because only the parameters of your account change. You can also upgrade your hosting package to a more powerful one at any particular moment without worrying about the remaining time until expiration. Moreover, if you finally reach the most powerful shared website hosting package and still require more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it means that your site's popularity has expanded!), there always is the option to migrate to a Virtual Private Server web hosting platform or a dedicated server without needing to swap web hosting providers.