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What Does Web Hosting Mean?

Web hosting is a service that web hosting corporations provide so that you can put your site on the World Wide Web.

How can people see your site?

When you create a site and you wish other persons to visit it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you attempt to make the website available online by web hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it online all the time, which is why website hosting services exist.

How does web hosting work?

Hosting providers provide you with space for your site on their powerful computers (hosting servers) and ensure constant network connectivity. When somebody types your domain (for example in their web browser's address bar, they will be connected to the web hosting server where they can examine the content of your web site.

Hosting varieties

With the development of web technologies, several types of web hosting services have come into existence to meet the different needs of web site proprietors, among them shared web hosting services, private virtual web server hosting services and dedicated server hosting services.

Shared website hosting

Shared website hosting is the most common type of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where a single hosting server is divided between a lot of shared web hosting account owners who are restricted by the CPU, web traffic and web content storage space quotas that they have been allocated. This form of website hosting is normally cheaper - you don't need to buy the whole web server upfront, as it is shared between a lot of web hosting users, and the hosting solutions provider can afford to provide much cheaper prices. It is also easier to use - the hosting server is pre-configured with all the required software and the hosting company handles all server maintenance procedures and software updates for you.

The downside of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's resources with other people and if one web site becomes very popular it may influence (and slow down) all the other websites on that server, but most hosting providers, including us at Hostopark, have protection systems in place that impede that from occurring.

A description of a website hosting service

Because shared website hosting is the most commonly used form of web hosting, most web hosting companies and hosting customers simply call it web hosting or website hosting. As there is a considerable competition on the web hosting marketplace, the majority of web hosting providers strive to offer affordable prices and bonuses with their services. We, for instance, offer different website hosting plans and two billing options - monthly and yearly, based on your finances. If you select the yearly billing cycle, you will obtain a gift - one charge-free domain registration.

VPS hosting plans

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 server web hosting solution. If your website grows beyond the resources offered by your shared web hosting package, a virtual web hosting server is an excellent option. virtual server web hosting clients still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other virtual server hosting account holders, but the hard disk space is split up using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own guaranteed resources and can be configured almost like an actual dedicated hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a VPS web hosting server are not shared. Also, the virtualization software gives you much more freedom to configure your Virtual Private Server, but it also calls for a more advanced degree of technical competence.

Dedicated Hosting

With the Dedicated Hosting solution, the user gets an entire dedicated web server and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated server hosting solution is the most robust of all hosting solutions and offers plenty of customization options - the dedicated server hosting users can pick the hardware and software specifications that will fulfill their requirements. Dedicated system resources and no-holds-barred performance are among the reasons why a dedicated web hosting package is an excellent choice for a heavy resource-devouring corporate web portal, for instance - you will not share the dedicated web server's resources with anyone else and will receive full server root privileges. You will exert complete authority over the physical machine, which will permit you to implement any server configuration modifications that you might require. The disadvantage of the dedicated server web hosting solution is that a higher degree of technical knowledge is needed - unless you employ an Information Technology expert, it will be your responsibility to manage and configure the dedicated hosting web server. The dedicated server web hosting solution is also far more high-priced, since the cost of the dedicated hosting web server isn't shared between any other clients.

A website hosting recommendation for beginners

If you are just beginning to develop your site and need a hosting solution to commence with, the shared website hosting solution remains the most suitable choice. If your website outgrows your website hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely easy and requires no migration of your files, since only the parameters of your web hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more powerful one at any particular moment without having to worry about the number of days remaining until expiration. Moreover, if you finally reach the most advanced shared hosting plan and still require more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it implies that your website's popularity has increased!), there always is the option to switch to a virtual hosting server or a dedicated web server hosting platform without needing to change web hosting service providers.