Definition of Web Hosting
Web hosting is a service that hosting distributors offer so that you can upload your web site to the World Wide Web.
How can people visit your web site?
When you build a web site and you want other people to view it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you try to make the website reachable on the web by web hosting it on your own PC, 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?
Web hosting service providers provide you with content storage space for your web site on their high-end computers (web servers) and guarantee constant website accessibility. When somebody types your domain (for instance www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the web hosting server where they can have a look at the content of your site.
Types of hosting
With the advancement of web technologies, several types of web hosting services have come into existence to answer the different requirements of web site possessors, including shared website hosting services, private virtual server hosting services and dedicated server hosting services.
Shared web hosting is the most common type of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where one single web server is shared among lots of hosting clients who are restricted by the CPU, bandwidth and disk drive space quotas that they have been assigned. This type of hosting is usually cheaper - you don't need to purchase the whole web hosting server upfront, since it is divided between many web hosting account holders, and the hosting vendor can afford to offer much more reasonable prices. It is also much easier to use - the server is pre-configured with all the required software and the web hosting provider takes care of all server maintenance tasks and security updates on your behalf.
The downside of the shared web hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's resources with other shared hosting account owners and if a given web site becomes very popular it may influence (and slow down) the rest of the web sites on that hosting server, but most hosting service providers, including us at Somali Hosting LTD, have protection systems at work that impede that from taking place.
A definition of a website hosting service
Because shared hosting is the most common form of web hosting, most web hosts and hosting clients simply refer to it as web hosting or website hosting. As there is a considerable competition on the web hosting marketplace, most web hosting suppliers try to offer reasonable prices and gifts with their web hosting services. We, for example, offer different web hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and yearly, based on your resources. If you select the annual billing cycle, you will obtain a gift - one free-of-cost domain name registration.
VPS hosting packages
VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated server web hosting solution. If your site outgrows the resources offered by your shared website hosting account, a private virtual web server is an excellent choice. Virtual Private Server hosting account holders still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other Virtual Private Server hosting users, but the disk space is split up using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own guaranteed resources and can be configured practically like an actual dedicated server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a virtual private hosting server are not shared. Additionally, the virtualization software offers you much more autonomy to configure your VPS server, but it also presupposes a more advanced degree of technical competence.
With the Dedicated Hosting solution, the user obtains an entire physical machine and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated server web hosting solution is the most powerful of all web hosting solutions and offers tons of customization possibilities - the dedicated web hosting users can pick the hardware and software specs that will answer their requirements. Dedicated system resources and guaranteed performance are two reasons why a dedicated server hosting plan is an excellent option for a heavy-content corporate portal, for example - you will not share the web hosting server's system resources with anyone else and will be given complete server root access. You will have full control over the hosting server, which will permit you to implement any configuration changes that you might require. The setback of the dedicated web hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical expertise is needed - unless you engage an Information Technology pro, it will be your obligation to administer and configure the physical machine. The dedicated web server hosting solution also costs much more, since the cost of the server isn't shared among any other users.
A hosting tip for novices
If you are just starting to set up your site and need a website hosting solution to commence with, the shared web hosting solution remains the most relevant option. If your website grows beyond your website hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for instance, this is very easy and does not involve migration of your data, since only the parameters of your 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 time remaining until the expiration date. What is more, if you eventually reach the most powerful shared web hosting package and still need more resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it implies that your site's popularity has risen!), there always is the option to migrate to a virtual web server or a dedicated web server hosting solution without the need to swap hosting service providers.
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