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How Does Hosting Function?

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Hosting is a service that web hosting suppliers provide so that you can upload your website online.

How can people discover your website?

When you build a site and you wish other people to visit it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a web server. If you attempt to render the web site visible online by hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it online all the time, which is why website hosting services came into existence.

How does hosting work?

Web hosting vendors offer you hard disk space for your website on their powerful computers (servers) and guarantee continuous service uptime. When someone writes your web address (for example www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the web server where they can have a glance at the content of your website.

Web hosting types

With the development of web technologies, several types of web hosting services have come into being to satisfy the different needs of website possessors, among them shared web hosting services, virtual private web server hosting services and dedicated web hosting services.

Shared website hosting

Shared website hosting is the most commonly used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where a single web server is shared between numerous shared web hosting account owners who are limited by the CPU, traffic and server storage space quotas that they have been apportioned. This form of web hosting is generally cheaper - you don't have to purchase the entire web server upfront, since it is shared between many hosting users, and the web hosting solutions provider can afford to offer much lower prices. It is also much easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-configured with all the required software and the hosting solutions provider takes care of all server maintenance procedures and software updates for you.

The drawback of the shared hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's resources with other shared web hosting account owners and if a given site becomes really popular it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the web sites on that hosting server, but the majority of hosting companies, including us at Solution Plus de Proyco Corporacion, have protection platforms in place 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, most hosting service providers and web hosting users simply refer to it as web hosting or website hosting. As there is an immense competition on the hosting market, most web hosting suppliers strive to provide moderate prices and bonuses with their services. We, for example, provide different website hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and annual, based on your funds. If you select the annual invoicing cycle, you will receive a gift - one free-of-charge domain name registration.

VPS services

VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated web hosting solution. If your web site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared website hosting plan, a virtual web hosting server is an appropriate option. Virtual Private Server hosting account owners still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other VPS web hosting customers, but the server is partitioned using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own guaranteed resources and can be configured practically like a full-fledged dedicated server. The advantage is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a virtual web hosting server are not shared. Also, the virtualization technology offers you much more autonomy to configure your private virtual server, but it also calls for a higher degree of technical knowledge.

Dedicated Server

With the Dedicated Server solution, the customer obtains a whole physical server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated web server hosting solution is the most powerful of all hosting solutions and offers a multitude of customization options - the dedicated web hosting clients can pick the hardware and software specifications that will answer their needs. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated hosting package is a perfect choice for a heavy resource-demanding corporate web site, for example - you will not share the server's system resources with anyone else and will be bestowed with full root-level access. You will exercise complete authority over the web hosting server, which will allow you to make any configuration modifications that you might need. The drawback of the dedicated hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical knowledge is needed - unless you hire an IT expert, you will be responsible for managing and configuring the server. The dedicated server hosting solution is also far more high-priced, since the cost of the dedicated web hosting server isn't shared between any other clients.

A web hosting tip for beginner users

If you are just starting to build your site and need a website hosting solution to start with, the shared hosting solution remains the most logical choice. If your web site outgrows your shared hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for instance, this is extremely easy and does not involve migration of your files, because only the parameters of your web hosting account change. You can also upgrade your hosting plan to a more advanced one at any particular moment without having to worry about the number of days left until expiration. Besides, if you eventually reach the most powerful shared hosting package and still need more resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it indicates that your web site's popularity has increased!), there always is the possibility to switch to a Virtual Private Server web hosting platform or a dedicated web hosting server without the need to swap web hosting service providers.

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