There are different varieties of hosting services suitable for different websites in terms of the resources or the hosting environment they need. To pick the most suitable hosting service for your web page, you have to estimate what server-side software it needs, how many visits per day you expect at the beginning and in the future, as well as any other specific needs that may have to be satisfied.
Shared web hosting - Perquisites
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The best choice for small size online portals with a few hundred or several thousand viewers is a shared hosting package. With this form of web space hosting, each user pays only for their plan, which decreases the total cost per customer substantially. There are various web hosting plans varying from one provider to another, delivering different amounts of disk space and monthly traffic, different mail account quotas and so on. The advantage is that you can buy a plan that will provide the features your web page actually requires. You will not need to pay plenty of cash for a plan you will not make use of, or end up with a small sized account that cannot accommodate the web page. We, at WebDesign4US, offer a vast collection of hosting plans suitable for personal or small business web pages that even include pre-installed script-based systems like Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to render it simpler. If you kick off with a cheaper package and you require more functionalities, moving to a high-end package demands just a click.
Shared website hosting - Negative Signs
A drawback of the shared hosting solution is that the web hosting servers have some software applications installed on them and you are unable to activate additional software applications. Given online portals, particularly online stores, require software applications to be present on the web server for them to work, and with a shared web hosting platform, you can install solely software that does not request root access.
Private Virtual Servers and Dedicated Web Servers
For web pages that require full server root access, or if your web portal has many thousands or even millions of daily hits, what you need is a VPS or a dedicated server. A VPS hosting server is a software simulation of a dedicated machine and it functions in a precisely identical way.
VPS Web Hosting Servers
Both environments generally provide full server root privileges and can be rebooted through a software interface by the user, independently from the web hosting provider. Just like the shared hosting accounts, the VPS and the dedicated hosting server packages comprise different characteristics depending on what the hosting supplier has to offer. A VPS web hosting server package includes guaranteed hard disk storage, random access memory and CPU quotas that can sometimes be enhanced for short stretches of time in case there are unused system resources on the physical server. With a dedicated web hosting server, the only limitation is the hardware architecture it is making use of, and it can be upgraded by changing or appending components. A virtual hosting server is easier to handle as it involves a virtualization tool, which can be used to restart it, to install software applications, check stats, etc. The administration of a dedicated web hosting server is more intricate, so such a plan would rather be utilized by proficient users.
Nevertheless, certain hosting companies offer managed dedicated hosting services where they carry out dedicated web server administration tasks instead of the customer. This can be a part of plan or an additional upgrade.
Prior To Reaching a Decision...
Opting for the top hosting plan is vital as it can influence the proper work of a web site. Prior to settling on an account, weigh the pros and cons, review completely all the requirements for the website to function properly, particularly if it is script-based. And if you are still in doubt which is the best hosting service for you, ask our live chat operators or give us a call - our sales reps will be happy to assist you and answer all your questions.