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Shared Hosting Description

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Shared hosting is a service that hosting vendors provide so that you can upload your site to the Internet.

How can people notice your web site?

When you set up a website and you want other persons to see it, you will have to publish (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you attempt to render the site accessible on the World Wide Web by shared hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it online all the time, which is why hosting services appeared.

How does shared hosting work?

Hosting corporations offer you disk storage space for your website on their high-end computers (servers) and guarantee continuous Internet connectivity. When someone writes your website address (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the server where they can have a glance at the content of your web site.

Web hosting types

With the development of online technologies, several types of web hosting services have emerged to answer the various needs of web site proprietors, among them shared website hosting services, virtual server hosting services and dedicated server hosting services.

Shared web hosting

Shared hosting is the most widely used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where one hosting server is divided between a lot of web hosting account owners who are limited by the CPU, traffic and disk space quotas that they have been allocated. This form of web hosting is typically cheaper - you don't have to pay for the whole web server upfront, since it is shared among lots of customers, and the web hosting supplier can afford to provide much more affordable prices. It is also easier to use - the server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the hosting company takes care of all server maintenance tasks 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 web hosting users and if one website becomes really busy it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the sites on that web hosting server, but the majority of web hosting suppliers, including us at RatRod Hosting, have protection platforms in place that impede that from occurring.

A definition of a website hosting service

Because shared hosting is the most common form of web hosting, the majority of web hosting service providers and web hosting clients simply refer to it as web hosting or website hosting. As there is a huge competition on the website hosting marketplace, the majority of hosting providers try to provide reasonable prices and gifts with their services. We, for example, provide different website hosting packages and two invoicing options - monthly and annual, depending on your funds. If you select the yearly invoicing cycle, you will receive a present - one charge-free domain registration.

Virtual private servers plans

VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The Virtual private servers hosting solution is basically 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 web hosting package, a virtual private web server plan is a suitable choice. VPS web hosting clients still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other private virtual web server hosting account owners, but the hard disk drive is partitioned using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own dedicated system resources and can be configured practically like an actual dedicated web server. The advantage is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a virtual private web server are not shared. What's more, the virtualization software offers you much more freedom to configure your VPS web server, but it also presupposes a more advanced degree of technical proficiency.

Dedicated Server

With the Dedicated Server solution, the client gets a whole hosting server and can use all its resources. The dedicated web server hosting solution is the most flexible of all website hosting solutions and offers many customization possibilities - the dedicated web hosting customers can select the hardware and software specs that will match their needs. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are among the reasons why a dedicated hosting server is a perfect solution for a high resource-demanding corporate web site, for example - you will not share the physical server's system resources with anyone else and will gain full server root privileges. You will exert full authority over the physical server, which will enable you to make any configuration modifications that you might need. The downside of the dedicated server web hosting solution is that a higher level of technical knowledge is needed - unless you hire an Information Technology expert, it will be your obligation to manage and configure the dedicated web server. The dedicated web hosting solution also costs far more, since the cost of the physical server isn't shared between any other customers.

A hosting recommendation for novices

If you are just beginning to build your web site and are looking for a web hosting solution to begin with, the shared hosting solution persists to be the best option. If your website outgrows your shared website hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for instance, this is very easy and does not necessitate migration of your web site files, because only the features of your web 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 time remaining until expiration. Furthermore, if you finally reach the most advanced shared web hosting package and still require more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it implies that your website's popularity has expanded!), there always is the option to move to a VPS server hosting solution or a dedicated web hosting server without having to change web hosting providers.

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