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What In Fact is Web Hosting

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

How can people notice your site?

When you create a web site and you would like other individuals to access it, you will need to publish (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you attempt to render the site available on the World Wide Web by web hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it constantly up and running, which is why website hosting services came into existence.

How does web hosting work?

Hosting service providers offer you disk drive storage space for your site on their high-powered computers (servers) and ensure constant Internet connectivity. When somebody types your web site address (for instance www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's address bar, they will be connected to the web server where they can take a look at the content of your web site.

Hosting varieties

With the progress of online technologies, several types of web hosting services have emerged to fulfill the various needs of web site owners, among them shared hosting services, private virtual server web hosting services and dedicated server hosting services.

Shared website hosting

Shared website hosting is the most commonly used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where a single hosting server is shared among many users who are limited by the CPU, web traffic and hard drive space quotas that they have been assigned. This form of website hosting is typically less expensive - you don't need to pay for the whole hosting server in advance, since it is divided between multiple web hosting users, and the hosting company can afford to provide much more reasonable prices. It is also much easier to use - the hosting server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the hosting company handles all server maintenance procedures and software updates on your behalf.

The weakness of the shared hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's resources with other individuals and if one site becomes very busy it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the websites on that hosting server, but most web hosting vendors, including us at Burningrocks Hosting, have security systems at work that prevent that from taking place.

A description of a hosting service

Since shared hosting is the most popular type of web hosting, the majority of web hosting firms and web hosting clients simply call it web hosting or website hosting. As there is a considerable rivalry on the web hosting market, most web hosts endeavor to offer affordable prices and bonuses with their web hosting services. We, for instance, offer different website hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your resources. If you choose the annual invoicing cycle, you will receive a gift - one free-of-cost domain name registration.

VPS hosting plans

VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The VPS 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 website hosting plan, a private virtual server hosting package is a possible solution. Virtual Private Server hosting account owners still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other virtual web server hosting clients, but the server is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed system resources and can be configured practically like a full-fledged dedicated web hosting server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a virtual server are not shared. Also, the virtualization software gives you much more freedom to configure your private virtual hosting server, but it also calls for a more advanced degree of technical know-how.

Dedicated Hosting

With the Dedicated Hosting solution, the client gets an entire dedicated hosting server and can utilize all its system resources. The dedicated hosting solution is the most reliable of all hosting solutions and offers numerous customization possibilities - the dedicated server hosting users can pick the hardware and software specs that will match their demands. Dedicated system resources and no-holds-barred performance are among the reasons why a dedicated web server hosting plan is a perfect solution for a repeatedly visited business web site, for instance - you will not share the dedicated web server's resources with anyone else and will receive root-level access. You will exercise full authority over the web server, which will allow you to implement any configuration changes that you might need. The drawback of the dedicated server hosting solution is that a higher level of technical expertise is needed - unless you employ an Information Technology specialist, it will be your obligation to manage and configure the dedicated server. The dedicated server hosting solution is also far more costly, because the cost of the server isn't shared between any other customers.

A web hosting advice for novices

If you are just beginning to create your web site and are seeking a web hosting solution to commence with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the most suitable choice. If your site outgrows your website hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for instance, this is extremely easy and requires no migration of your data, because only the parameters of your hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting package to a more powerful one at any particular time without worrying about the time remaining until expiration. Furthermore, if you finally reach the most powerful shared web hosting plan and still require more system resources (which is great sometimes - it means that your web site's popularity has increased!), there always is the possibility to switch to a private virtual web server hosting platform or a dedicated hosting platform without the need to change web hosting service providers.

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