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Web Hosting Unmasked

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

How can people view your website?

When you set up a website and you wish other individuals to visit it, you will have to copy (or upload) it to a web server. If you try to render the website reachable on the World Wide Web 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 came into being.

How does web hosting work?

Hosting service providers offer you disk storage space for your website on their high-end computers (hosting servers) and ensure uninterrupted network connectivity. When somebody types your domain name (for example 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 site.

Hosting types

With the progress of Internet technologies, different types of web hosting services have come into existence to fulfill the different needs of website proprietors, among them shared website hosting services, VPS server hosting services and dedicated hosting services.

Shared website hosting

Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$8.75 / month
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$21.25 / month

Shared website hosting is the most widely used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where a single web server is divided among multiple shared hosting account holders who are limited by the CPU, web traffic and hosting server hard drive storage space quotas that they have been assigned. This type of website hosting is commonly less expensive - you don't have to buy the whole web hosting server upfront, as it is shared between multiple hosting account holders, and the hosting supplier can afford to provide much more moderate prices. It is also much easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-installed with all the necessary software and the web hosting solutions provider takes care of all server maintenance tasks and software updates for you.

The weakness of the shared web hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's system resources with other hosting account owners and if a given web site becomes really popular it may influence (and slow down) the rest of the websites on that hosting server, but most web hosting suppliers, including us at Domain400, have protection platforms in place that obstruct that from happening.

A description of a website hosting service

Since shared website hosting is the most common type of web hosting, most hosting suppliers and web hosting customers simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is a considerable competition on the website hosting marketplace, most hosting firms endeavor to provide moderate prices and bonuses with their services. We, for example, provide different website hosting plans and two billing options - monthly and annual, based on your resources. If you pick the annual billing cycle, you will obtain a present - one charge-free 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 website outgrows the resources offered by your shared web hosting package, a virtual private hosting server plan is a good choice. virtual private web server hosting customers still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other Virtual Private Server web hosting clients, but the physical server is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own dedicated system resources and can be configured practically like a real dedicated hosting server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a private virtual server are not shared. Moreover, the virtualization technology offers you much more freedom to configure your VPS web hosting server, but it also presupposes a higher degree of technical knowledge.

Dedicated Web Hosting

With the Dedicated Web Hosting solution, the customer obtains a whole server and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated web hosting solution is the most reliable of all hosting solutions and offers a lot of customization possibilities - the dedicated server web hosting users can choose the hardware and software specs that will meet their demands. Dedicated system resources and guaranteed performance are two reasons why a dedicated web hosting plan is a perfect option for a regularly visited corporate website, for example - you will not share the dedicated web server's resources with anyone else and will have full root privileges. You will have full control over the web server, which will allow you to make any configuration modifications that you might need. The disadvantage of the dedicated server hosting solution is that a more advanced level of technical competence is required - unless you engage an Information Technology pro, it will be your duty to administer and configure the dedicated server. The dedicated web hosting solution is also much more high-priced, since the cost of the physical server isn't shared among any other customers.

A hosting recommendation for novices

If you are just beginning to create your web site and need a website hosting solution to start with, the shared hosting solution remains the best option. If your web site outgrows your website 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 web hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more advanced one at any particular moment without having to worry about the number of days remaining until the expiration date. Besides, if you finally reach the most advanced shared website hosting package and still require more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it signifies that your web site's popularity has expanded!), there always is the option to migrate to a private virtual server web hosting platform or a dedicated server hosting solution without needing to swap hosting providers.