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What Precisely is Hosting?

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Hosting is a service that hosting companies provide so that you can upload your site to the World Wide Web.

How can people discover your website?

When you create a site and you wish other persons to visit it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a web server. If you attempt to render the web site reachable on the World Wide Web by hosting it on your own personal computer, 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?

Web hosting corporations offer you content storage space for your web site on their high-end computers (web servers) and ensure constant Internet access. When somebody writes your website address (for instance www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the server where they can view the content of your web site.

Types of hosting

With the advance of online technologies, several types of web hosting services have come into existence to fulfill the various demands of web site owners, among them shared website hosting services, private virtual server web hosting services and dedicated web hosting services.

Shared hosting

Shared website hosting is the most common type of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where one web server is shared between a lot of hosting customers who are restricted by the CPU, bandwidth and web hosting server hard disk space quotas that they have been allotted. This type of website hosting is normally cheaper - you don't need to buy the whole server upfront, since it is divided among multiple hosting clients, and the hosting company can afford to offer much more moderate prices. It is also easier to use - the web server is pre-installed with all the required software and the web hosting services provider handles all server maintenance procedures and security updates on your behalf.

The drawback of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's system resources with other web hosting users and if one web site becomes really popular it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the websites on that web hosting server, but the majority of hosting companies, including us at K-Hosting Services, have protection platforms at work that impede that from happening.

A definition of a web hosting service

Because shared website hosting is the most commonly used form of web hosting, most hosting suppliers and web hosting users simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is an extensive competition on the website hosting marketplace, the majority of web hosting suppliers endeavor to provide moderate prices and bonuses with their web hosting services. We, for instance, provide different website hosting packages and two invoicing options - monthly and annual, depending on your funds. If you pick the annual invoicing cycle, you will obtain a bonus - one free-of-charge domain name registration.

VPS plans

VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated web server hosting solution. If your website grows beyond the resources offered by your shared website hosting package, a Virtual Private Server package is a good option. Virtual Private Server hosting account holders still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other virtual server web hosting customers, but the disk drive is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed system resources and can be configured practically like a full-fledged dedicated web hosting server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a VPS server are not shared. Also, the virtualization software offers you much more autonomy to configure your private virtual hosting server, but it also presupposes a higher degree of technical competence.

Dedicated Server

With the Dedicated Server solution, the user obtains a whole physical machine and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated web server hosting solution is the most powerful of all website hosting solutions and offers a myriad of customization options - the dedicated server web hosting customers can pick the hardware and software specifications that will answer their requirements. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated server hosting package is an excellent solution for a resource-consuming corporate site, for instance - you will not share the physical machine's resources with anyone else and will get complete server root access. You will have full control over the server, which will allow you to implement any server configuration modifications that you might need. The weak side of the dedicated server web hosting solution is that a higher level of technical know-how is needed - unless you engage an IT professional, it will be your duty to administer and configure the dedicated hosting server. The dedicated web server hosting solution is also much more high-priced, since the cost of the dedicated server isn't shared between any other users.

A website hosting tip for novices

If you are just beginning to create your website and are seeking a website hosting solution to start with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the most reasonable option. If your web site grows beyond your shared web hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely easy and requires no migration of your files, since only the features of your hosting account change. You can also upgrade your hosting plan to a more advanced one at any given time without worrying about the number of days remaining before expiration. Furthermore, if you eventually reach the most powerful shared website hosting plan and still require more system resources (which is great sometimes - it means that your site's popularity has risen!), there always is the option to switch to a virtual server web hosting solution or a dedicated web server hosting platform without needing to change web hosting service providers.

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