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How Website Hosting Operates

Website hosting is a service that web hosting distributors offer so that you can publish your site on the World Wide Web.

How can people visit your web site?

When you develop a website and you would like other individuals to discern it, you will have to copy (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you try to render the web site visible on the World Wide Web by website 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 came into existence.

How does website hosting work?

Hosting providers provide you with hard disk space for your site on their high-power computers (web hosting servers) and ensure constant Internet access. When somebody types your website address (for instance www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's address bar, they will be connected to the web hosting server where they can take a peek at the content of your website.

Hosting types

With the progress of Internet technologies, several types of web hosting services have emerged to match the different needs of website owners, including shared web hosting services, VPS server hosting services and dedicated server web hosting services.

Shared hosting

Shared website hosting is the most commonly used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where a single server is divided between multiple web hosting account holders who are limited by the CPU, traffic and hosting server disk drive space quotas that they have been allocated. This form of hosting is normally less expensive - you don't have to buy the entire web server upfront, as it is shared between a lot of customers, and the web hosting provider can afford to offer much lower prices. It is also easier to use - the web server is pre-configured with all the required software and the hosting services provider takes care of all server maintenance tasks and security updates for you.

The setback of the shared hosting solution is that you share the server's system resources with other shared web hosting account holders and if a given site becomes very busy it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the websites on that web server, but most hosting service providers, including us at 123WebPlan, have protection platforms in place that obstruct that from taking place.

A description of a web hosting service

Because shared web hosting is the most commonly used form of web hosting, most hosting service providers and web hosting customers simply call it web hosting or website hosting. As there is an extensive rivalry on the website hosting market, most hosting firms endeavor to offer cheap prices and gifts with their hosting services. We, for instance, provide different web hosting plans and two billing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your finances. If you choose the annual invoicing cycle, you will get a present - one free domain registration.

VPS web hosting

VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The VPS web hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated web hosting solution. If your website grows beyond the resources offered by your shared hosting plan, a Virtual Private Server package is a possible option. VPS web hosting account owners still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other VPS web server hosting users, but the hard drive space is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own dedicated system resources and can be configured almost like an actual dedicated web hosting server. The upside is that the CPU and the memory on a virtual private web server are not shared. In addition, the virtualization technology offers you much more autonomy to configure your Virtual Private Server, but it also calls for a higher degree of technical expertise.

Dedicated Web Hosting

With the Dedicated Web Hosting solution, the client obtains an entire web hosting server and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated web server hosting solution is the most flexible of all website hosting solutions and offers countless customization options - the dedicated web server hosting customers can select the hardware and software specifications that will meet their requirements. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are two reasons why a dedicated web hosting plan is a perfect solution for a frequently visited corporate portal, for instance - you will not share the dedicated web hosting server's resources with anyone else and will obtain complete server root access. You will have complete authority over the machine, which will allow you to make any configuration modifications that you might require. The disadvantage of the dedicated server web hosting solution is that a more advanced level of technical proficiency is required - unless you hire an IT pro, it will be your responsibility to administer and configure the dedicated hosting web server. The dedicated web server hosting solution also costs much more, because the cost of the dedicated hosting server isn't shared between any other users.

A hosting advice for beginners

If you are just beginning to build your website and need a hosting solution to start out with, the shared web hosting solution persists to be the most logical option. If your web site outgrows your website hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for instance, this is very easy and does not necessitate migration of your data, since only the parameters of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more advanced one at any given time without having to worry about the number of days remaining until expiration. Also, if you eventually reach the most advanced shared website hosting package and still require more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it means that your website's popularity has risen!), there always is the possibility to migrate to a virtual hosting server or a dedicated hosting web server without needing to switch hosting providers.