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Shared Hosting Definition

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Shared hosting is a service that hosting companies provide so that you can put your web site on the web.

How can people find your website?

When you develop a web site and you would like other individuals to observe it, you will have to copy (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you try to make the web site discoverable online by shared hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it constantly online, which is why hosting services exist.

How does shared hosting work?

Hosting suppliers offer you content storage space for your site on their powerful computers (servers) and ensure continuous Internet connectivity. When someone types your URL (for instance www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's address bar, they will be connected to the web hosting server where they can explore the content of your website.

Web hosting types

With the growth of Internet technologies, different types of web hosting services have appeared to answer the different requirements of web site possessors, among them shared website hosting services, virtual server hosting services and dedicated web hosting services.

Shared web hosting

Shared website hosting is the most common type of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where one single web hosting server is shared among numerous web hosting account holders who are limited by the CPU, web traffic and server hard drive space quotas that they have been allotted. This type of web hosting is normally cheaper - you don't need to pay for the entire hosting server in advance, as it is divided among many web hosting clients, and the hosting company can afford to provide much more reasonable prices. It is also easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the web hosting provider handles all server maintenance tasks and software updates on your behalf.

The negative side of the shared hosting solution is that you share the server's system resources with other web hosting customers and if one web site becomes really busy it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the websites on that web server, but most web hosting service providers, including us at Mikeldomains, have security systems in place that hinder that from taking place.

A definition of a website hosting service

Since shared website hosting is the most widely used form of web hosting, the majority of web hosting distributors and web hosting customers simply refer to it as web hosting or website hosting. As there is a great rivalry on the web hosting marketplace, most hosting service providers strive to provide reasonable prices and bonuses with their hosting services. We, for example, provide different website hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and yearly, based on your resources. If you select the annual invoicing cycle, you will get a present - one free domain registration.

Virtual private servers plans

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. The Virtual private servers hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated web server hosting solution. If your web site outgrows the resources offered by your shared web hosting account, a VPS server web hosting package is a possible solution. VPS web server hosting customers still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other private virtual server web hosting clients, but the disk drive is partitioned using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own dedicated resources and can be configured practically like a real dedicated web server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a private virtual web hosting server are not shared. Additionally, the virtualization technology gives you much more freedom to configure your Virtual Private Server, but it also presupposes a more advanced degree of technical know-how.

Dedicated Server

With the Dedicated Server solution, the client obtains an entire hosting server and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated hosting solution is the most robust of all website hosting solutions and offers loads of configuration possibilities - the dedicated web server hosting customers can choose the hardware and software specifications that will satisfy their demands. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are among the reasons why a dedicated web hosting package is a perfect choice for a large business site, for example - you will not share the server's resources with anyone else and will be given full root-level access. You will exert complete control over the hosting server, which will allow you to implement any server configuration modifications that you might need. The drawback of the dedicated hosting solution is that a higher level of technical competence is required - unless you employ an Information Technology pro, you will be responsible for administering and configuring the dedicated hosting server. The dedicated server web hosting solution is also much more high-priced, since the cost of the server isn't shared between any other customers.

A website hosting tip for beginners

If you are just starting to build your site and are searching for a hosting solution to begin with, the shared website hosting solution remains the most relevant option. If your web site outgrows your website hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for instance, this is very easy and does not involve migration of your website files, because only the features of your account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more powerful one at any given time without worrying about the number of days remaining until the expiration date. Additionally, if you finally reach the most powerful shared web hosting package and still need more resources (which is great sometimes - it means that your website's popularity has risen!), there always is the possibility to switch to a virtual web server or a dedicated web hosting solution without the need to change web hosting providers.

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