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What Indeed is Web Hosting

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Web hosting is a service that hosting firms provide so that you can publish your website on the web.

How can people see your site?

When you make a site and you would like other individuals to access it, you will have to publish (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you attempt to make the web site discoverable online by web hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it always up and running, which is why web hosting services came into being.

How does web hosting work?

Hosting suppliers offer you content storage space for your site on their high-end computers (servers) and guarantee constant network uptime. When someone types your web site address (for example in their browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the hosting server where they can have a peek at the content of your website.

Web hosting types

With the advance of online technologies, different types of web hosting services have appeared to satisfy the different needs of website possessors, among them shared hosting services, private virtual server web hosting services and dedicated hosting services.

Shared website hosting

Shared web hosting is the most widely used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where one server is divided among numerous clients who are restricted by the CPU, web traffic and web hosting server disk storage space quotas that they have been allocated. This form of hosting is usually cheaper - you don't need to pay for the whole server upfront, since it is shared between a lot of customers, and the web hosting vendor can afford to offer much lower prices. It is also easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-installed with all the necessary software and the hosting distributor takes care of all server maintenance tasks and software updates on your behalf.

The disadvantage of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's resources with other customers and if a given web site becomes very popular it may influence (and slow down) all the other sites on that web hosting server, but most web hosting service providers, including us at HostPapaya, have security platforms at work that impede that from taking place.

A definition of a website hosting service

Since shared website hosting is the most common type of web hosting, the majority of hosting vendors and hosting customers simply call it hosting or website hosting. As there is a considerable rivalry on the hosting market, the majority of web hosting firms try to provide affordable prices and gifts with their web hosting services. We, for example, provide different web hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and annual, depending on your funds. If you select the annual billing cycle, you will obtain a present - one charge-free domain name registration.

VPS hosting plans

VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated web server hosting solution. If your website grows beyond the resources offered by your shared website hosting package, a VPS server hosting package is an appropriate option. virtual web server hosting clients still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other VPS web server hosting account holders, 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 practically like an actual dedicated hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a virtual private hosting server are not shared. Furthermore, the virtualization technology offers you much more freedom to configure your virtual private hosting server, but it also calls for a higher level of technical know-how.

Dedicated Hosting

With the Dedicated Hosting solution, the user gets an entire web server and can utilize all its system resources. The dedicated web hosting solution is the most reliable of all web hosting solutions and offers numerous customization possibilities - the dedicated hosting clients can pick the hardware and software specifications that will match their demands. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are two reasons why a dedicated hosting server is a perfect solution for a high resource-absorbing business web portal, for example - you will not share the hosting server's resources with anyone else and will obtain full server root access. You will have full control over the hosting server, which will allow you to make any server configuration modifications that you might need. The drawback of the dedicated server hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical expertise is needed - unless you hire an IT professional, it will be your duty to administer and configure the dedicated hosting server. The dedicated web server hosting solution is also far more high-priced, since the cost of the physical server isn't shared among any other clients.

A hosting recommendation for beginner users

If you are just starting to develop your web site and are looking for a web hosting solution to begin with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the smartest option. If your web site outgrows your shared hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely easy and does not necessitate migration of your data, since only the features of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your hosting package to a more advanced one at any given time without having to worry about the number of days remaining until the expiration date. Additionally, if you finally reach the most powerful shared website hosting plan and still require more resources (which is great sometimes - it means that your site's popularity has increased!), there always is the possibility to migrate to a VPS server web hosting solution or a dedicated web hosting platform without needing to change hosting providers.

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