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How Shared Hosting Functions

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Shared hosting is a service that web hosts offer so that you can publish your site on the Internet.

How can people open your site?

When you make a web site and you would like other individuals to discern it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you attempt to make the website accessible on the Internet by shared hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it constantly up and running, which is why web hosting services came into existence.

How does shared hosting work?

Web hosting distributors offer you hard drive storage space for your website on their high-powered computers (web servers) and guarantee uninterrupted Internet connection. When someone writes your domain (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's address bar, they will be connected to the web server where they can take a gaze at the content of your web site.

Web hosting varieties

With the development of web technologies, several types of web hosting services have emerged to match the various demands of website owners, including shared website hosting services, VPS server hosting services and dedicated hosting services.

Shared hosting

Shared hosting is the most widely used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where one web server is shared among multiple hosting users who are limited by the CPU, web traffic and data space quotas that they have been assigned. This form of hosting is generally cheaper - you don't have to buy the whole server in advance, as it is divided between many hosting customers, and the web hosting solutions provider can afford to offer much more reasonable prices. It is also much easier to use - the web server is pre-configured with all the required software and the web hosting solutions provider handles all server maintenance tasks and security updates for you.

The disadvantage of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's system resources with other web hosting account owners and if a given site becomes very popular it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the web sites on that web server, but the majority of hosting service providers, including us at 121Direct, have protection systems at work that hinder that from happening.

A description of a hosting service

Since shared hosting is the most widely used type of web hosting, the majority of hosting companies and web hosting customers simply call it web hosting or website hosting. As there is a large rivalry on the website hosting marketplace, most web hosts endeavor to provide moderate prices and bonuses with their web hosting services. We, for instance, provide different website hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your finances. If you choose the yearly billing cycle, you will receive a present - one free domain registration.

VPS hosting

VPS is an abbreviation of 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 web site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared website hosting package, a VPS web server package is an appropriate option. private virtual server web hosting customers still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other virtual server web hosting users, 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 practically like a real dedicated server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a virtual hosting server are not shared. What's more, the virtualization software offers you much more autonomy to configure your VPS hosting server, but it also presupposes a more advanced level of technical knowledge.

Dedicated Server

With the Dedicated Server solution, the customer obtains an entire web hosting server and can utilize all its system resources. The dedicated hosting solution is the most flexible of all hosting solutions and offers many customization options - the dedicated server hosting customers can select the hardware and software specifications that will satisfy their needs. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are two reasons why a dedicated server web hosting plan is a perfect option for a intense-traffic business web portal, for instance - you will not share the dedicated web hosting server's resources with anyone else and will acquire root privileges. You will have complete control over the web hosting server, which will allow you to implement any configuration changes that you might need. The weakness of the dedicated server hosting solution is that a higher level of technical competence is needed - unless you hire an IT expert, it will be your duty to manage and configure the dedicated web server. The dedicated hosting solution is also far more expensive, since the cost of the dedicated server isn't shared among any other customers.

A website hosting advice for novices

If you are just beginning to set up your site and are looking for a website hosting solution to begin with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the wisest option. If your web site outgrows your website hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely easy and does not necessitate migration of your files, since only the parameters of your web hosting account change. You can also upgrade your web hosting package to a more powerful one at any given moment without having to worry about the time left before expiration. In addition, if you eventually reach the most advanced shared website hosting plan and still require more resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it indicates that your site's popularity has grown!), there always is the possibility to switch to a VPS web server hosting platform or a dedicated server web hosting solution without needing to switch hosting providers.

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