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Definition of Web Hosting

Web hosting is a service that hosting firms provide so that you can upload your website online.

How can people discover your site?

When you build a web site and you want other individuals to access it, you will need to publish (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you try to make the web site visible on the World Wide Web by web hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it always online, which is why hosting services came into existence.

How does web hosting work?

Hosting companies provide you with hard drive space for your site on their high-end computers (web hosting servers) and guarantee continuous network uptime. When somebody types your website address (for example www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the web server where they can have a glimpse at the content of your site.

Hosting varieties

With the progress of Internet technologies, several types of web hosting services have appeared to fulfill the different demands of website owners, including shared website hosting services, Virtual Private Server web hosting services and dedicated hosting services.

Shared web hosting

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

The downside of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's system resources with other hosting account owners and if a given web site becomes really popular it may affect (and slow down) all the other web sites on that web server, but most web hosting firms, including us at ERPNODE, have protection platforms at work that hinder that from occurring.

A definition of a website hosting service

Because shared web hosting is the most common type of web hosting, the majority of hosting firms and web hosting customers simply call it web hosting or website hosting. As there is a big competition on the website hosting market, the majority of web hosting providers try to provide cheap prices and bonuses with their hosting services. We, for example, provide different website hosting packages and two invoicing options - monthly and yearly, based on your funds. If you pick the yearly invoicing cycle, you will get a gift - one cost-free domain name registration.

VPS web hosting

VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The VPS web hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated web hosting solution. If your website outgrows the resources offered by your shared website hosting plan, a private virtual web server plan is a suitable option. VPS web hosting clients still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other VPS server web hosting customers, but the disk drive is partitioned using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed system resources and can be configured almost like an actual dedicated hosting server. The upside is that the CPU and the memory on a virtual private web server are not shared. Also, the virtualization software offers you much more autonomy to configure your private virtual server, but it also presupposes a more advanced level of technical know-how.

Dedicated Web Hosting

With the Dedicated Web Hosting solution, the customer obtains an entire dedicated server and can utilize all its system resources. The dedicated hosting solution is the most robust of all website hosting solutions and offers lots of customization possibilities - the dedicated web server hosting users can select the hardware and software specs that will satisfy their needs. Dedicated system resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated hosting plan is a perfect solution for a high resource-consuming corporate portal, for instance - you will not share the dedicated hosting server's system resources with anyone else and will be given root access. You will exert complete authority over the server, which will enable you to implement any configuration changes that you might require. The drawback of the dedicated server web hosting solution is that a higher level of technical know-how is needed - unless you employ an Information Technology pro, it will be your responsibility to manage and configure the dedicated web hosting server. The dedicated server hosting solution is also much more high-priced, because the cost of the physical machine isn't shared between any other clients.

A hosting tip for beginner users

If you are just beginning to set up your site and are seeking a hosting solution to start out with, the shared hosting solution remains the most reasonable choice. If your web site outgrows your hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for instance, this is extremely easy and does not necessitate migration of your website files, because only the features of your account change. You can also upgrade your hosting package to a more advanced one at any given time without having to worry about the time left before expiration. Furthermore, if you finally reach the most advanced shared web hosting package and still require more resources (which is great sometimes - it implies that your web site's popularity has risen!), there always is the possibility to move to a virtual server hosting solution or a dedicated server without the need to swap web hosting service providers.