There are various varieties of hosting services appropriate for different sites in relation to the system resources or the hosting environment they demand. To pick the most optimal hosting service for your online portal, you need to evaluate what server-side software programs it requires, how many daily visits you expect at the beginning and in the future, as well as any other special demands that may need to be satisfied.
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The most appropriate choice for small sized web portals with several hundred or several thousand visitors is a shared hosting account. With this type of hosting, each customer pays only for their account, which diminishes the overall cost per individual seriously. There are diverse web hosting packages differing from one web host to another, providing different amounts of hard disk space and web traffic, different e-mail account quotas and so on. The positive point is that you can get an account that will have the features your web site really needs. You will not need to pay a lot of money for an account you will not use, or wind up with a small size plan that cannot host the online portal. We, at WebWeaver Productions Inc., offer a vast choice of hosting plans appropriate for personal or small business portals that even offer pre-activated script-driven systems like Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to make it easier. If you kick off with a low priced package and you require more system resources, upgrading to a more powerful plan requires just a click of the mouse.
Shared Hosting - Disadvantages
A downside of the shared web hosting environment is that the servers have some software installed on them and you cannot install additional software. Certain websites, above all web shops, require software applications to be installed on the hosting server for them to function, and with a shared web hosting package, you can activate only software platforms that do not require complete server root access.
Virtual Hosting Servers and Dedicated Web Hosting Servers
For web portals that need root access, or if your web site has many thousands or even millions of visits per day, what you demand is a VPS or a dedicated server. A private virtual hosting server is a software simulation of a dedicated hosting server and it runs in precisely the same manner.
Virtual Private Hosting Servers
Both services traditionally come with server root access and can be restarted via a software tool by the client, autonomously from the web hosting provider. Much like the shared web hosting packages, the VPS and the dedicated web hosting accounts comprise different features depending on what the hosting supplier offers. A virtual private hosting server plan has guaranteed web space, RAM and CPU quotas that can occasionally be extended for brief stretches of time in case there are free system resources on the physical server. With a dedicated web server, the only limiting factor is the hardware equipment it is availing of, and it can be revamped by changing or adding components. A virtual hosting server is easier to tackle as it includes a virtualization software platform, which can be used to restart it, to install applications, check statistics, and so on. The management of a dedicated server is more complex, so such a solution would rather be used by qualified clients.
Dedicated Web Hosting Servers
Yet, some web hosting suppliers offer managed dedicated hosting solutions where they perform web server administration assignments on behalf of the customer. This can be a part of package or an additional service.
Before You Elect...
Settling on the top hosting plan is essential as it can affect the proper performance of a web site. Before picking a package, compare the pros and cons, check completely all the prerequisites for the website to run properly, particularly if it is script-powered. And if you are still not sure which one is the best hosting service for you, check with our live chat operators or call us - our sales reps will be glad to assist you and answer all your questions.