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Definition of Web Hosting

Web hosting is a service that hosting companies provide so that you can upload your website to the web.

How can people open your web site?

When you develop a site and you want other people to observe it, you will need to publish (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you try to render the website accessible on the Internet by web hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it constantly up and running, which is why web hosting services came into being.

How does web hosting work?

Hosting companies offer you hard disk space for your website on their powerful computers (servers) and ensure uninterrupted website availability. When someone types your web site address (for example www.my-best-domain.com) in their web 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.

Hosting varieties

With the growth of online technologies, different types of web hosting services have come into being to meet the different requirements of website proprietors, including shared website hosting services, private virtual server hosting services and dedicated web server hosting services.

Shared hosting

Shared website hosting is the most widely used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where one single server is shared among a lot of shared hosting account holders who are restricted by the CPU, bandwidth and web server disk drive storage space quotas that they have been apportioned. This form of web hosting is commonly cheaper - you don't need to buy the entire web hosting server upfront, as it is divided among many web hosting account owners, and the web hosting distributor can afford to provide much more moderate prices. It is also easier to use - the server is pre-installed with all the required software and the web hosting solutions provider handles all server maintenance procedures and software updates on your behalf.

The weakness of the shared hosting solution is that you share the server's resources with other customers and if one website becomes really popular it may influence (and slow down) all the other websites on that web server, but most web hosting distributors, including us at myhypercloud.com, have security systems at work that obstruct that from occurring.

A definition of a website hosting service

Because shared website hosting is the most popular type of web hosting, the majority of hosting vendors and web hosting customers simply call it hosting or website hosting. As there is a large rivalry on the website hosting marketplace, the majority of web hosting service providers try to provide moderate prices and gifts with their services. We, for instance, provide different website hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your resources. If you choose the annual invoicing cycle, you will obtain a bonus - one free-of-cost 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 hosting solution. If your website grows beyond the resources offered by your shared hosting plan, a virtual web hosting server package is a good option. Virtual Private Server hosting account holders still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other virtual private web server hosting account owners, but the hard disk is partitioned using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own dedicated system resources and can be configured almost like a full-fledged dedicated web server. The upside is that the CPU and the memory on a VPS are not shared. Additionally, the virtualization technology gives you much more autonomy to configure your virtual private web hosting server, but it also presupposes a higher degree of technical knowledge.

Dedicated Web Hosting

With the Dedicated Web Hosting solution, the client obtains a whole physical machine and can utilize all its system resources. The dedicated server hosting solution is the most robust of all website hosting solutions and offers a myriad of customization possibilities - the dedicated server web hosting customers can choose the hardware and software specs that will meet their demands. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are two reasons why a dedicated server web hosting package is an excellent choice for a regularly visited corporate web portal, for example - you will not share the web server's resources with anyone else and will have root access. You will exert full control over the physical server, which will enable you to implement any server configuration modifications that you might require. The weak side of the dedicated hosting solution is that a higher degree of technical knowledge is required - unless you employ an Information Technology pro, it will be your responsibility to manage and configure the dedicated hosting web server. The dedicated server web hosting solution is also much more costly, since the cost of the dedicated server isn't shared among any other clients.

A website hosting tip for novices

If you are just beginning to create your site and are looking for a web hosting solution to start with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the most intelligent choice. If your website outgrows your shared web hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for instance, this is extremely easy and does not involve migration of your files, because only the features of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more advanced one at any particular time without worrying about the remaining time until the expiration date. Moreover, if you finally reach the most powerful shared website hosting plan and still require more resources (which is great sometimes - it suggests that your website's popularity has expanded!), there always is the option to switch to a private virtual server hosting platform or a dedicated web hosting platform without the need to swap hosting service providers.