What Precisely is Shared Hosting?
Shared hosting is a service that hosting firms provide so that you can upload your website online.
How can people find your website?
When you create a site and you want other individuals to see it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you attempt to make the web site accessible on the web by shared hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it always online, which is why web hosting services exist.
How does shared hosting work?
Hosting companies offer you disk drive storage space for your website on their powerful computers (web hosting servers) and ensure constant Internet connection. When somebody writes your website address (for instance www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's address bar, they will be connected to the server where they can have a gaze at the content of your website.
Web hosting types
With the development of Internet technologies, several types of web hosting services have come into being to meet the various requirements of website proprietors, among them shared web hosting services, private virtual server web hosting services and dedicated server web hosting services.
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Shared website hosting is the most widely used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where one web server is shared between plenty of shared hosting account owners who are limited by the CPU, web traffic and server disk storage space quotas that they have been assigned. This type of website hosting is generally less expensive - you don't have to purchase the whole hosting server in advance, since it is shared among lots of hosting customers, and the web hosting vendor can afford to offer much more affordable prices. It is also much easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the hosting supplier handles all server maintenance tasks and security updates for you.
The setback of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's system resources with other web hosting account owners and if one website becomes very busy it may affect (and slow down) all the other sites on that web server, but the majority of web hosting vendors, including us at Nebula One, have security systems in place that prevent that from taking place.
A definition of a web hosting service
Because shared hosting is the most popular form of web hosting, the majority of web hosting vendors and hosting clients simply call it hosting or website hosting. As there is a considerable competition on the website hosting market, most hosting distributors strive to provide cheap prices and gifts with their hosting services. We, for instance, offer different website hosting plans and two billing options - monthly and annual, based on your finances. If you choose the annual invoicing cycle, you will receive a present - one charge-free domain name registration.
VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. If your site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared web hosting plan, a VPS web server plan is a good solution. VPS web server hosting account holders still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other virtual server web hosting users, but the disk drive is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed system resources and can be configured practically like a real dedicated web server. The advantage is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a Virtual Private Server are not shared. Besides, the virtualization software offers you much more autonomy to configure your private virtual web server, but it also calls for a more advanced level of technical expertise.
With the Dedicated Server solution, the client gets a whole dedicated web hosting server and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated web server hosting solution is the most powerful of all hosting solutions and offers numerous configuration possibilities - the dedicated server hosting users can pick the hardware and software specs that will fulfill their demands. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated hosting server is a perfect solution for a heavy resource-requiring business website, for instance - you will not share the web hosting server's resources with anyone else and will obtain complete root-level access. You will have complete control over the web hosting server, which will permit you to implement any configuration modifications that you might require. The weak side of the dedicated server hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical proficiency is needed - unless you employ an Information Technology specialist, it will be your responsibility to manage and configure the physical machine. The dedicated server hosting solution is also far more costly, because the cost of the dedicated hosting server isn't shared between any other users.
A web hosting recommendation for beginners
If you are just starting to build your site and are seeking a website hosting solution to start with, the shared web hosting solution persists to be the most appropriate option. If your web site outgrows your shared hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for instance, this is very easy and requires no migration of your web site files, since only the parameters of your account change. You can also upgrade your hosting package to a more powerful one at any given moment without having to worry about the time left before expiration. What is more, if you finally reach the most advanced shared website hosting plan and still need more resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it indicates that your site's popularity has increased!), there always is the option to migrate to a Virtual Private Server web hosting platform or a dedicated web server without needing to change hosting service providers.