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How Hosting Services Works
Hosting is a service that hosting corporations offer so that you can get your site online.
How can people discover your web site?
When you make a site and you want other people to see it, you will have to copy (or upload) it to a web server. If you attempt to render the site available on the web by hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it up and running all the time, which is why web hosting services appeared.
How does hosting work?
Hosting vendors offer you storage space for your web site on their high-power computers (web servers) and ensure uninterrupted Internet connection. When somebody writes your domain name (for example www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's address bar, they will be connected to the web server where they can take a glimpse at the content of your site.
With the progress of online technologies, several types of web hosting services have emerged to meet the different expectations of web site owners, among them shared hosting services, virtual server web hosting services and dedicated hosting services.
Shared website hosting
Shared website hosting is the most commonly used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where a single web server is shared between multiple shared hosting account owners who are restricted by the CPU, web traffic and web server space quotas that they have been allocated. This type of website hosting is normally less expensive - you don't need to buy the entire web hosting server in advance, as it is shared between a lot of web hosting clients, and the hosting provider can afford to provide much more affordable prices. It is also much easier to use - the server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the hosting distributor handles all server maintenance procedures and security updates for you.
The negative side of the shared hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's resources with other web hosting account holders and if one website becomes really popular it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the sites on that web hosting server, but most hosting firms, including us at iQiHost, have protection systems in place that prevent that from happening.
A description of a website hosting service
Since shared website hosting is the most popular form of web hosting, most hosting firms and web hosting customers simply call it web hosting or website hosting. As there is a considerable competition on the website hosting marketplace, the majority of hosting distributors endeavor to provide reasonable prices and gifts with their services. We, for instance, offer different hosting packages and two invoicing options - monthly and annual, based on your budget. If you pick the yearly billing cycle, you will obtain a bonus - one cost-free domain name 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 hosting solution. If your website outgrows the resources offered by your shared website hosting account, a virtual server package is a suitable choice. Virtual Private Server hosting customers still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other VPS 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 a real dedicated web server. The upside is that the CPU and the memory on a private virtual hosting server are not shared. What's more, the virtualization software gives you much more freedom to configure your VPS hosting server, but it also presupposes a more advanced degree of technical know-how.
With the Dedicated Server solution, the customer gets a whole hosting server and can utilize all its system resources. The dedicated web hosting solution is the most robust of all hosting solutions and offers tons of configuration possibilities - the dedicated server hosting clients can pick the hardware and software specs that will satisfy their demands. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are two reasons why a dedicated web server hosting plan is a perfect option for a resource-swallowing business web portal, for instance - you will not share the dedicated hosting web server's resources with anyone else and will obtain full root access. You will exert full control over the web server, which will permit you to implement any configuration modifications that you might need. The drawback of the dedicated server web hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical proficiency is needed - unless you employ an Information Technology expert, it will be your responsibility to manage and configure the dedicated hosting web server. The dedicated web server hosting solution is also much more costly, because the cost of the dedicated server isn't shared between any other clients.
A website hosting tip for novices
If you are just starting to build your site and need a website hosting solution to commence with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the most appropriate option. If your site grows beyond your web hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for instance, this is extremely easy and requires no migration of your web site files, since only the parameters of your hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting package to a more powerful one at any given moment without worrying about the time remaining before the expiration date. Furthermore, if you finally reach the most powerful shared website hosting plan and still need more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it indicates that your website's popularity has grown!), there always is the option to switch to a private virtual server web hosting solution or a dedicated server web hosting platform without having to swap hosting providers.