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How Website Hosting Works

Website hosting is a service that companies provide so that you can publish your web site on the World Wide Web.

How can people open your site?

When you create a web site and you would like other people to spot it, you will have to copy (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you attempt to render the site visible on the World Wide Web by website 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 came into existence.

How does website hosting work?

Hosting vendors provide you with hard disk storage space for your web site on their high-power computers (web hosting servers) and guarantee constant network uptime. When someone writes your web address (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's address bar, they will be connected to the web server where they can have a look at the content of your site.

Hosting varieties

With the advancement of online technologies, several types of web hosting services have emerged to match the various demands of website proprietors, among them shared web hosting services, private virtual web server hosting services and dedicated server hosting services.

Shared web hosting

Shared hosting is the most common form of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where a single web hosting server is shared among a lot of hosting users who are limited by the CPU, traffic and disk storage space quotas that they have been assigned. This form of website hosting is usually less expensive - you don't have to buy the entire server in advance, as it is divided among plenty of hosting users, and the hosting vendor can afford to offer much more moderate prices. It is also easier to use - the web server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the web hosting vendor handles all server maintenance procedures and security updates for you.

The setback of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's system resources with other users and if one site becomes really busy it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the sites on that web hosting server, but most hosting companies, including us at eChromatics, have security systems in place that obstruct that from happening.

A description of a web hosting service

Because shared web hosting is the most commonly used form of web hosting, the majority of hosting suppliers and hosting clients simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is a great competition on the website hosting market, the majority of web hosting vendors strive to offer affordable prices and bonuses with their services. We, for example, provide different hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and yearly, based on your finances. If you select the annual invoicing cycle, you will obtain a gift - one free-of-charge domain name registration.

VPS web hosting

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. The VPS web hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated server hosting solution. If your website grows beyond the resources offered by your shared website hosting package, a Virtual Private Server plan is a good option. virtual web server hosting customers still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other Virtual Private Server hosting users, but the physical machine is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own dedicated system resources and can be configured practically like an actual dedicated web hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a private virtual web hosting server are not shared. What's more, the virtualization software offers you much more freedom to configure your private virtual hosting server, but it also calls for a more advanced level of technical proficiency.

Dedicated Web Hosting

With the Dedicated Web Hosting solution, the client obtains an entire dedicated hosting server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated web hosting solution is the most robust of all hosting solutions and offers plenty of configuration options - the dedicated server web hosting users can select the hardware and software specs that will satisfy their demands. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated hosting server is a perfect solution for a heavy resource-devouring corporate web site, for instance - you will not share the web hosting server's resources with anyone else and will be granted full server root access. You will exert full authority over the web server, which will enable you to implement any server configuration modifications that you might need. The weak side of the dedicated hosting solution is that a more advanced level of technical knowledge is required - unless you hire an Information Technology professional, it will be your obligation to administer and configure the dedicated hosting web server. The dedicated web server hosting solution is also much more costly, because the cost of the dedicated web server isn't shared among any other clients.

A website hosting tip for novices

If you are just starting to build your website and are seeking a hosting solution to begin with, the shared hosting solution persists to be the most relevant choice. If your website grows beyond your website hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely easy and requires no migration of your web site files, because only the parameters of your hosting account change. You can also upgrade your web hosting plan to a more powerful one at any particular time without worrying about the remaining time before expiration. Also, if you finally reach the most powerful shared hosting plan and still need more resources (which is great sometimes - it indicates that your web site's popularity has expanded!), there always is the possibility to switch to a private virtual web server hosting platform or a dedicated server hosting platform without the need to swap web hosting providers.