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Shared Hosting Definition

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Shared hosting is a service that web hosting corporations provide so that you can publish your web site online.

How can people find your web site?

When you create a website and you would like other individuals to notice it, you will have to copy (or upload) it to a server. If you attempt to render the site reachable on the Internet by shared hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it always up and running, which is why web hosting services appeared.

How does shared hosting work?

Hosting corporations offer you disk drive space for your site on their high-power computers (web servers) and guarantee continuous Internet access. When somebody types your web address (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the web hosting server where they can take a gaze at the content of your site.

Web hosting varieties

With the advancement of Internet technologies, several types of web hosting services have emerged to satisfy the various needs of web site proprietors, including shared hosting services, private virtual server web hosting services and dedicated web hosting services.

Shared website hosting

Shared website hosting is the most widely used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where a single web server is divided between a lot of shared hosting account owners who are limited by the CPU, traffic and web server disk drive storage space quotas that they have been assigned. This form of web hosting is normally cheaper - you don't need to buy the entire server upfront, since it is shared between many hosting customers, and the hosting provider can afford to offer much more affordable prices. It is also easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the hosting company takes care of all server maintenance tasks and security updates on your behalf.

The drawback of the shared hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's system resources with other hosting account holders and if one site becomes really popular it may influence (and slow down) the rest of the web sites on that web server, but most web hosts, including us at iMatrix ICT Group, have security systems at work that prevent that from occurring.

A definition of a website hosting service

Because shared website hosting is the most popular form of web hosting, the majority of hosting suppliers and web hosting clients simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is an enormous rivalry on the website hosting market, most hosting service providers endeavor to provide low prices and bonuses with their services. We, for example, offer different web hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your budget. If you select the yearly billing cycle, you will get a gift - one cost-free domain registration.

Virtual private servers plans

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. The Virtual private servers hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated web hosting solution. If your site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared web hosting account, a VPS plan is a possible option. VPS server hosting customers still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other VPS web server hosting customers, but the hard disk drive is split up using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own dedicated system resources and can be configured almost like a real dedicated web server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a VPS server are not shared. Furthermore, the virtualization technology offers you much more freedom to configure your VPS web server, but it also presupposes a higher degree of technical know-how.

Dedicated Server

With the Dedicated Server solution, the customer gets a whole dedicated server and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated server web hosting solution is the most powerful of all website hosting solutions and offers loads of configuration options - the dedicated web server hosting customers can choose the hardware and software specs that will satisfy their needs. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated web server is an excellent option for a heavy resource-absorbing business website, for example - you will not share the dedicated hosting server's system resources with anyone else and will have full root access. You will have full authority over the server, which will permit you to implement any configuration modifications that you might need. The weak side of the dedicated web hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical know-how is required - unless you hire an IT expert, you will be responsible for administering and configuring the physical machine. The dedicated server hosting solution also costs far more, because the cost of the physical server isn't shared between any other customers.

A website hosting tip for beginner users

If you are just beginning to create your site and need a hosting solution to begin with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the most intelligent choice. If your web site outgrows your website hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely easy and requires no migration of your data, because only the parameters of your account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting package to a more powerful one at any particular time without having to worry about the number of days left until expiration. In addition, if you finally reach the most advanced shared hosting plan and still require more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it suggests that your site's popularity has grown!), there always is the option to switch to a private virtual server web hosting solution or a dedicated hosting solution without needing to switch web hosting service providers.

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