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What is Hosting?

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Hosting is a service that companies offer so that you can publish your site on the web.

How can people observe your website?

When you set up a website and you would like other individuals to spot it, you will need to publish (or upload) it to a server. If you try to make the site accessible on the Internet by hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it up and running all the time, which is why hosting services appeared.

How does hosting work?

Web hosting distributors offer you hard disk space for your website on their powerful computers (web servers) and guarantee constant service uptime. When somebody types your domain (for example www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the web hosting server where they can have a gaze at the content of your website.

Types of hosting

With the advancement of web technologies, different types of web hosting services have appeared to satisfy the different needs of web site owners, among them shared website hosting services, virtual server web hosting services and dedicated server hosting services.

Shared hosting

Shared website hosting is the most widely used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where a single web hosting server is shared among lots of clients who are restricted by the CPU, web traffic and web storage space quotas that they have been allocated. This form of web hosting is normally cheaper - you don't have to buy the entire web hosting server upfront, since it is divided between many customers, and the web hosting solutions provider can afford to offer much more affordable prices. It is also easier to use - the server is pre-installed with all the required software and the web hosting provider handles all server maintenance procedures and security updates for you.

The disadvantage of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the server's system resources with other hosting clients and if a given web site becomes very busy it may influence (and slow down) the rest of the sites on that hosting server, but most web hosting providers, including us at CARTAHOST.COM Web services, have security systems in place that impede that from occurring.

A definition of a website hosting service

Since shared web hosting is the most widely used type of web hosting, most web hosting distributors and hosting clients simply refer to it as web hosting or website hosting. As there is a large rivalry on the hosting marketplace, most hosting suppliers try to offer low prices and gifts with their hosting services. We, for example, provide different website hosting plans and two billing options - monthly and yearly, based on your funds. If you select the annual invoicing cycle, you will obtain a gift - one charge-free domain name registration.

VPS

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. If your site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared website hosting package, a VPS hosting plan is a good solution. virtual private web server hosting account holders still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other VPS server hosting clients, but the physical server is partitioned using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own dedicated system resources and can be configured practically like a full-fledged dedicated server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a private virtual server are not shared. Also, the virtualization software offers you much more freedom to configure your virtual web server, but it also presupposes a more advanced degree of technical knowledge.

Dedicated Server

With the Dedicated Server solution, the client obtains an entire physical server and can use all its resources. The dedicated hosting solution is the most reliable of all web hosting solutions and offers lots of configuration possibilities - the dedicated server hosting customers can pick the hardware and software specifications that will fulfill their demands. Dedicated system resources and guaranteed performance are two reasons why a dedicated server hosting plan is an excellent choice for a high resource-devouring corporate web portal, for instance - you will not share the web server's system resources with anyone else and will get complete root-level access. You will exert complete authority over the web server, which will allow you to make any server configuration changes that you might require. The drawback of the dedicated server web hosting solution is that a higher level of technical know-how is needed - unless you engage an Information Technology specialist, it will be your duty to administer and configure the physical server. The dedicated server hosting solution is also much more expensive, since the cost of the dedicated hosting server isn't shared between any other clients.

A website hosting tip for beginners

If you are just beginning to develop your site and are seeking a website hosting solution to begin with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the most suitable option. If your site outgrows your shared website hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely easy and does not necessitate migration of your web site files, because only the parameters 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 the expiration date. Furthermore, if you finally reach the most advanced shared 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 switch to a virtual server hosting solution or a dedicated hosting server without the need to swap web hosting providers.

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