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Hosting Packages Description
Hosting is a service that hosting vendors offer so that you can publish your web site on the web.
How can people visit your site?
When you make a website and you would like other persons to visit it, you will have to copy (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you try to make the website available online by hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it online all the time, which is why web hosting services exist.
How does hosting work?
Hosting suppliers offer you storage space for your web site on their high-powered computers (web hosting servers) and ensure constant network uptime. When somebody writes your web site address (for instance www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's address bar, they will be connected to the server where they can see the content of your site.
Types of hosting
With the development of Internet technologies, different types of web hosting services have appeared to match the various expectations of website possessors, among them shared website hosting services, private virtual server web hosting services and dedicated web hosting services.
Shared web hosting
Shared website hosting is the most common form of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where a single server is shared among lots of shared web hosting account owners who are limited by the CPU, web traffic and web hosting server hard drive storage space quotas that they have been allocated. This form of website hosting is normally less expensive - you don't have to buy the whole server upfront, as it is divided among lots of clients, and the web hosting provider can afford to provide much more affordable prices. It is also easier to use - the web server is pre-configured with all the required software and the hosting supplier takes care of all server maintenance procedures 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 shared hosting account holders and if one site becomes really popular it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the web sites on that web server, but most hosting companies, including us at Plinghost, have protection systems at work that prevent that from happening.
A description of a web hosting service
Since shared website hosting is the most popular form of web hosting, the majority of web hosts and web hosting clients simply call it hosting or website hosting. As there is a huge competition on the website hosting market, the majority of web hosting providers endeavor to provide affordable prices and bonuses with their hosting services. We, for instance, provide different hosting plans and two billing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your finances. If you select the yearly billing cycle, you will receive a present - one charge-free domain registration.
VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated server web hosting solution. If your website outgrows the resources offered by your shared website hosting account, a private virtual hosting server is a possible solution. VPS server hosting users still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other private virtual web server hosting clients, but the physical machine is partitioned using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own guaranteed system resources and can be configured almost like a real dedicated web server. The advantage is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a virtual server are not shared. Besides, the virtualization software offers you much more freedom to configure your virtual private hosting server, but it also presupposes a higher level of technical competence.
With the Dedicated Package solution, the client gets a whole server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated web hosting solution is the most robust of all web hosting solutions and offers many configuration options - the dedicated server hosting clients can choose the hardware and software specs that will meet their demands. Dedicated system resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated web server hosting plan is an excellent choice for a heavy resource-requiring business site, for example - you will not share the physical server's resources with anyone else and will get full root privileges. You will exert full control over the physical machine, which will allow you to make any configuration modifications that you might need. The downside of the dedicated hosting solution is that a higher level of technical competence is needed - unless you hire an IT expert, it will be your obligation to manage and configure the dedicated hosting web server. The dedicated hosting solution is also far more costly, because the cost of the physical server isn't shared between any other users.
A website hosting tip for beginner users
If you are just starting to set up your website and are searching for a hosting solution to commence with, the shared hosting solution persists to be the most logical choice. If your web site outgrows your shared 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, since only the parameters of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more advanced one at any given time without having to worry about the number of days remaining before expiration. Additionally, if you finally reach the most advanced shared website hosting package and still need more resources (which is great sometimes - it means that your website's popularity has increased!), there always is the possibility to move to a private virtual server web hosting platform or a dedicated server hosting platform without the need to change web hosting service providers.