How Hosting Works
Hosting is a service that hosting suppliers provide so that you can put your website on the Internet.
How can people find your site?
When you create a web site and you want other persons to observe it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you attempt to render the website discoverable online by hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it always up and running, which is why website hosting services came into being.
How does hosting work?
Web hosting distributors provide you with data storage space for your web site on their powerful computers (web servers) and ensure uninterrupted website availability. When somebody types your URL (for instance www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the server where they can take a gaze at the content of your site.
With the advancement of web technologies, several types of web hosting services have appeared to meet the various demands of website possessors, among them shared hosting services, private virtual server web hosting services and dedicated server web hosting services.
Shared website hosting
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
Shared hosting is the most popular form of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where one single web server is divided between numerous users who are restricted by the CPU, traffic and server space quotas that they have been allocated. This type of website hosting is normally cheaper - you don't need to purchase the whole web hosting server upfront, as it is shared among multiple hosting customers, and the web hosting solutions provider can afford to offer much more moderate prices. It is also much easier to use - the hosting server is pre-installed with all the required software and the web hosting distributor handles all server maintenance tasks and software updates for you.
The disadvantage of the shared web hosting solution is that you share the server's resources with other shared hosting account holders and if one web site becomes very popular it may influence (and slow down) the rest of the websites on that web server, but most hosting vendors, including us at FastWebBuilder.com, have security platforms in place that hinder that from taking place.
A description of a hosting service
Since shared website hosting is the most popular form of web hosting, most web hosting suppliers and hosting clients simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is a considerable rivalry on the website hosting marketplace, most hosting firms strive to provide affordable prices and gifts with their hosting services. We, for example, provide different hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and annual, based on your resources. If you select the yearly billing cycle, you will receive a gift - one charge-free domain name registration.
VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated server hosting solution. If your website grows beyond the resources offered by your shared web hosting plan, a VPS web hosting server package is an appropriate solution. VPS hosting clients still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other virtual private web server hosting customers, but the physical machine is partitioned using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own guaranteed system resources and can be configured almost like a real dedicated web hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a private virtual server are not shared. Moreover, the virtualization software gives you much more freedom to configure your virtual private web server, but it also calls for a higher level of technical competence.
With the Dedicated Package solution, the customer gets an entire dedicated hosting server and can utilize all its system resources. The dedicated server web hosting solution is the most reliable of all web hosting solutions and offers loads of configuration options - the dedicated web server hosting clients can select the hardware and software specifications that will answer their needs. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated hosting plan is an excellent choice for a data-heavy corporate web site, for instance - you will not share the dedicated web hosting server's resources with anyone else and will get full root access. You will have complete authority over the hosting server, which will enable you to implement any configuration changes that you might require. The drawback of the dedicated server web hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical expertise is needed - unless you employ an Information Technology specialist, it will be your responsibility to manage and configure the server. The dedicated hosting solution is also much more costly, because the cost of the physical server isn't shared among any other clients.
A hosting recommendation for beginners
If you are just starting to develop your site and are searching for a web hosting solution to start out with, the shared web hosting solution persists to be the most relevant choice. If your website outgrows your web 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 website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your web hosting plan to a more powerful one at any particular moment without worrying about the number of days left before expiration. Additionally, if you finally reach the most powerful shared website hosting package and still need more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it signifies that your site's popularity has grown!), there always is the possibility to move to a private virtual web server hosting solution or a dedicated web hosting solution without the need to change hosting service providers.