Description of Hosting
Hosting is a service that web hosting corporations offer so that you can upload your web site to the Internet.
How can people open your site?
When you build a web site and you wish other people to access it, you will need to publish (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you try to make the website visible on the Internet by hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it constantly online, which is why website hosting services came into existence.
How does hosting work?
Web hosting corporations provide you with storage space for your website on their powerful computers (hosting servers) and ensure continuous Internet access. When somebody types your website address (for instance www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the hosting server where they can take a glance at the content of your site.
Types of web hosting
With the development of web technologies, different types of web hosting services have come into existence to meet the different demands of website proprietors, including shared website hosting services, private virtual web server hosting services and dedicated web server hosting services.
Shared website hosting
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
Shared website hosting is the most widely used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where a single web server is divided between numerous customers who are limited by the CPU, web traffic and server disk space quotas that they have been assigned. This form of web hosting is usually less expensive - you don't need to pay for the entire hosting server in advance, as it is shared between lots of hosting users, and the web hosting distributor can afford to offer much cheaper prices. It is also easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-installed with all the required software and the web hosting vendor handles all server maintenance procedures and software updates on your behalf.
The weakness of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the server's resources with other web hosting users and if a given website becomes very busy it may affect (and slow down) all the other web sites on that hosting server, but most hosting service providers, including us at AIDA Host, have protection platforms in place that obstruct that from occurring.
A description of a website hosting service
Since shared web hosting is the most popular form of web hosting, most web hosting providers and hosting users simply refer to it as web hosting or website hosting. As there is a considerable rivalry on the website hosting marketplace, most web hosting vendors try to provide reasonable prices and bonuses with their hosting services. We, for instance, provide different hosting plans and two billing options - monthly and annual, based on your funds. If you pick the yearly billing cycle, you will get a gift - one free-of-cost domain name registration.
VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated server hosting solution. If your web site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared website hosting package, a virtual server plan is an excellent choice. Virtual Private Server hosting users still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other virtual private web server hosting customers, but the server is partitioned using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed resources and can be configured practically like a full-fledged dedicated hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a private virtual hosting server are not shared. Additionally, the virtualization software gives you much more freedom to configure your virtual private web server, but it also calls for a more advanced level of technical expertise.
With the Dedicated Server solution, the client obtains a whole 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 numerous configuration options - the dedicated web server hosting clients can select the hardware and software specs that will meet their demands. Dedicated system resources and no-holds-barred performance are two reasons why a dedicated server hosting package is an excellent option for a heavy resource-absorbing corporate site, for instance - you will not share the web hosting server's resources with anyone else and will have full server root privileges. You will exercise complete authority over the web server, which will permit you to implement any configuration changes that you might need. The setback of the dedicated server web hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical expertise is required - unless you employ an IT pro, it will be your duty to administer and configure the dedicated web hosting server. The dedicated web server hosting solution is also far more costly, because the cost of the dedicated web server isn't shared among any other customers.
A website hosting advice for beginner users
If you are just beginning to build your site and are looking for a hosting solution to start with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the most appropriate choice. If your web site outgrows your shared website hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for instance, this is very easy and requires no migration of your files, because only the features of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more powerful one at any given time without having to worry about the time remaining before expiration. Additionally, if you finally reach the most powerful shared website hosting plan and still require more system resources (which is great sometimes - it implies that your website's popularity has increased!), there always is the option to migrate to a VPS web hosting server or a dedicated server hosting platform without the need to change hosting service providers.