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Description of Shared Web Hosting
Shared web hosting is a service that hosting suppliers offer so that you can upload your website online.
How can people reach your site?
When you build a website and you want other persons to view it, you will have to copy (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you attempt to render the web site accessible on the Internet by shared web hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it always up and running, which is why hosting services exist.
How does shared web hosting work?
Web hosting distributors provide you with hard drive storage space for your web site on their high-powered computers (web servers) and guarantee constant website accessibility. When somebody types your domain name (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's address bar, they will be connected to the server where they can explore the content of your site.
Web hosting varieties
With the advance of web technologies, different types of web hosting services have appeared to answer the various requirements of website owners, among them shared web hosting services, Virtual Private Server web hosting services and dedicated hosting services.
Shared website hosting
Shared web hosting is the most popular type of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where one single web hosting server is shared between a lot of web hosting customers who are limited by the CPU, web traffic and web hosting space quotas that they have been allocated. This form of website hosting is usually cheaper - you don't need to pay for the whole web hosting server in advance, since it is divided between a lot of web hosting users, and the web hosting supplier can afford to offer much more modest prices. It is also much easier to use - the server is pre-installed with all the necessary software and the hosting provider handles all server maintenance procedures and security updates for you.
The disadvantage of the shared hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's resources with other shared hosting account owners and if one website becomes very popular it may affect (and slow down) all the other web sites on that web hosting server, but most hosting vendors, including us at alphaserver, have protection platforms in place that hinder that from occurring.
A description of a web hosting service
Because shared website hosting is the most popular type of web hosting, the majority of web hosting companies and hosting customers simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is a considerable competition on the hosting market, most web hosts strive to provide reasonable prices and gifts with their web hosting services. We, for example, provide different hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and yearly, based on your budget. If you choose the annual billing cycle, you will receive a present - 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 grows beyond the resources offered by your shared hosting package, a virtual web hosting server is an excellent option. virtual server web hosting customers still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other Virtual Private Server web hosting account holders, but the physical machine is partitioned using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own guaranteed resources and can be configured almost like an actual dedicated server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a VPS web server are not shared. Moreover, the virtualization technology offers you much more autonomy to configure your VPS hosting server, but it also calls for a higher degree of technical proficiency.
Dedicated Server Web Hosting
With the Dedicated Server Web Hosting solution, the user gets a whole server and can use all its resources. The dedicated web hosting solution is the most reliable of all web hosting solutions and offers a multitude of customization options - the dedicated server hosting customers can choose the hardware and software specifications that will satisfy their requirements. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated hosting web server is a perfect solution for a heavy resource-absorbing business site, for example - you will not share the dedicated hosting web server's resources with anyone else and will be given complete root-level access. You will have full authority over the physical machine, which will permit you to implement any configuration modifications that you might need. The weak side of the dedicated server web hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical proficiency is required - unless you employ an Information Technology pro, you will be responsible for administering and configuring the dedicated hosting web server. The dedicated server hosting solution also costs far more, because the cost of the dedicated web hosting server isn't shared among any other customers.
A hosting tip for novices
If you are just starting to create your site and are looking for a website hosting solution to start out with, the shared website hosting solution remains the most sensible option. If your website grows beyond 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, since only the parameters of your hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting package to a more powerful one at any particular time without worrying about the remaining time before expiration. Besides, if you eventually reach the most advanced shared website hosting plan and still need more resources (which is great sometimes - it implies that your web site's popularity has grown!), there always is the option to move to a VPS server or a dedicated web server without having to change web hosting providers.