A Definition of Website Hosting
Website hosting is a service that hosting distributors offer so that you can put your site on the web.
How can people view your web site?
When you develop a website and you want other persons to discern it, you will need to publish (or upload) it to a web server. If you try to make the web site discoverable online by hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it online all the time, which is why website hosting services exist.
How does web hosting work?
Hosting vendors offer you hard disk storage space for your site on their high-powered computers (hosting servers) and guarantee constant service uptime. When someone types your URL (for example www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's address bar, they will be connected to the hosting server where they can have a glimpse at the content of your web site.
Types of web hosting
With the advance of Internet technologies, different types of website hosting services have appeared to answer the different demands of web site possessors, among them shared website hosting services, private virtual server hosting services and dedicated hosting services.
Shared web hosting
Shared hosting is the most widely used type of website hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where one hosting server is divided among lots of web hosting users who are restricted by the CPU, web traffic and web content space quotas that they have been assigned. This type of website hosting is normally less expensive - you don't need to buy the entire web server in advance, as it is shared among many web hosting customers, and the hosting provider can afford to provide much more modest prices. It is also easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-configured with all the required software and the web hosting distributor takes care of all server maintenance procedures and security updates for you.
The disadvantage of the shared web hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's resources with other hosting account holders and if a given site becomes really popular it may influence (and slow down) the rest of the sites on that web server, but most web hosts, including NTC Hosting, have protection systems in place that obstruct that from taking place.
A description of a website hosting service
Since shared web hosting is the most popular type of website hosting, the majority of web hosts and hosting users simply refer to it as web hosting or web site hosting. As there is an immense rivalry on the hosting market, the majority of web hosts try to offer modest prices and gifts with their hosting services. NTC Hosting, for example, offers different website hosting plans and two billing options - monthly and yearly, based on your funds. If you select the annual invoicing cycle, you will receive a present - one charge-free domain name registration.
Virtual Web Hosting Server Packages
VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The private virtual web server hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. If your site outgrows the resources offered by your shared hosting plan, a virtual web server hosting plan is a suitable choice. virtual server web hosting account owners still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other virtual server web hosting account holders, but the physical server is partitioned using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own guaranteed system resources and can be configured almost like a full-fledged dedicated server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a private virtual web hosting server are not shared. What's more, the virtualization technology gives you much more freedom to configure your Virtual Private Server, but it also calls for a higher level of technical competence.
Dedicated server web hosting accounts
With the dedicated server web hosting solution, the client gets an entire dedicated web hosting server and can use all its resources. The dedicated server hosting solution is the most powerful of all web hosting solutions and offers lots of customization options - the dedicated server web hosting customers can select the hardware and software specs that will answer their needs. Dedicated system resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated server web hosting plan is a perfect choice for a heavy resource-consuming corporate site for instance - you will not share the dedicated web server's resources with anyone else and will receive complete server root access. You will exercise complete control over the web server which will allow you to make any configuration changes that you might need. The weak side of the dedicated hosting solution is that a more advanced level of technical competence is required - unless you engage an Information Technology specialist it will be your duty to administer and configure the dedicated hosting web server. The dedicated server web hosting solution is also much more costly since the cost of the dedicated server isn't shared among any other users.
A web hosting tip for beginners
If you are just starting to build your website and are seeking a web hosting solution to commence with the shared hosting solution persists to be the most reasonable option. If your site grows beyond your hosting account's resources you can normally upgrade. With Exclusive Hosting 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 web site hosting plan to a more powerful one at any particular time without having to worry about the remaining time until expiration. Furthermore if you finally reach the most powerful shared web hosting plan and still need more system resources (which is great sometimes - it suggests that your web site's popularity has expanded!) there always is the option to migrate to a VPS hosting server or a dedicated web server without needing to switch hosting providers.