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What is Web Hosting?

Web hosting is a service that hosting distributors provide so that you can upload your site to the World Wide Web.

How can people observe your site?

When you build a web site and you want other persons to notice it, you will have to publish (or upload) it to a server. If you try to render the website discoverable on the web by web hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it always online, which is why website hosting services came into existence.

How does web hosting work?

Hosting vendors provide you with storage space for your site on their high-end computers (hosting servers) and guarantee continuous website availability. When somebody writes your URL (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the web hosting server where they can examine the content of your site.

Hosting types

With the development of Internet technologies, several types of web hosting services have emerged to answer the various requirements of web site owners, among them shared web hosting services, Virtual Private Server web hosting services and dedicated server hosting services.

Shared website hosting

Shared hosting is the most common form of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where one web server is shared among a lot of customers who are limited by the CPU, bandwidth and server hard disk storage space quotas that they have been assigned. This type of website hosting is commonly less expensive - you don't need to purchase the entire server upfront, as it is divided among plenty of web hosting users, and the web hosting services provider can afford to provide much more reasonable prices. It is also much easier to use - the web server is pre-installed with all the required software and the hosting vendor takes care of all server maintenance tasks and software updates on your behalf.

The weak side of the shared hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's system resources with other shared web hosting account owners and if one site becomes very busy it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the sites on that web server, but the majority of hosting service providers, including us at Don Webhosting, have protection systems in place that impede that from occurring.

A definition of a website hosting service

Because shared website hosting is the most widely used type of web hosting, most hosting distributors and hosting users simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is a huge competition on the website hosting marketplace, the majority of web hosting suppliers endeavor to provide affordable prices and gifts with their services. We, for instance, offer different web hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your resources. If you choose the yearly billing cycle, you will receive a gift - one cost-free domain name registration.

VPS hosting services

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 site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared hosting account, a private virtual web server package is a suitable option. private virtual server hosting account holders still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other virtual private web server hosting account holders, but the disk space is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed resources and can be configured almost like a real dedicated web hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a virtual web server are not shared. In addition, the virtualization software offers you much more freedom to configure your virtual private hosting server, but it also presupposes a more advanced degree of technical expertise.

Dedicated Hosting

With the Dedicated Hosting solution, the user obtains a whole dedicated web server and can use all its resources. The dedicated server hosting solution is the most powerful of all web hosting solutions and offers loads of customization options - the dedicated web server hosting users can select the hardware and software specs that will match their needs. Dedicated system resources and no-holds-barred performance are among the reasons why a dedicated hosting server is an excellent solution for a heavy-content corporate portal, for instance - you will not share the dedicated hosting web server's resources with anyone else and will receive root access. You will have complete control over the physical server, which will enable you to make any configuration changes that you might need. The weak side of the dedicated web server hosting solution is that a higher degree of technical proficiency is needed - unless you hire an Information Technology pro, it will be your duty to administer and configure the physical server. The dedicated server hosting solution is also much more expensive, since the cost of the physical server isn't shared between any other users.

A web hosting recommendation for novices

If you are just beginning to create your site and are searching for a website hosting solution to start with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the most appropriate option. If your website outgrows your website hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely 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 particular moment without having to worry about the number of days left until the expiration date. Also, if you finally reach the most powerful shared hosting package and still require more system resources (which is great sometimes - it indicates that your web site's popularity has expanded!), there always is the possibility to migrate to a private virtual web hosting server or a dedicated web hosting server without having to change web hosting service providers.