An Explanation of Website Hosting

Web site hosting is a service that hosting providers provide so that you can upload your website to the Internet.

How can people reach your web site?

When you set up a site and you would like other individuals to notice it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a server. If you attempt to make the web site available online by hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it always online, which is why web hosting services appeared.

How does hosting work?

Hosting companies offer you hard drive storage space for your website on their powerful computers (web hosting servers) and guarantee uninterrupted Internet connectivity. When someone types your web site address (for instance www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the server where they can take a look at the content of your site.

Types of hosting

With the growth of Internet technologies, several types of website hosting services have appeared to match the different requirements of website proprietors, among them shared hosting services, VPS web server hosting services and dedicated web server hosting services.

Shared website hosting

Shared web site hosting is the most commonly used type of website hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where a single web server is divided between multiple shared web hosting account owners who are restricted by the CPU, web traffic and server hard disk storage space quotas that they have been allocated. This type of web site hosting is normally less expensive - you don't have to purchase the whole web hosting server in advance, since it is divided between numerous customers, and the hosting supplier 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 hosting distributor handles all server maintenance procedures and security updates for you.

The drawback of the shared hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's system resources with other web hosting account holders and if a given web site becomes very popular it may influence (and slow down) all the other web sites on that server, but the majority of web hosts, including NTCHosting, have security platforms at work that impede that from happening.

A description of a web hosting service

Since shared hosting is the most commonly used type of hosting, most hosting companies and hosting users simply refer to it as web hosting or website hosting. As there is an extensive competition on the hosting marketplace, the majority of web hosting vendors endeavor to provide reasonable prices and bonuses with their web hosting services. NTCHosting, for example, offers different website hosting plans and two billing options - monthly and annual, depending on your resources. If you select the annual billing cycle, you will receive a present - one charge-free domain registration.

VPS Servers

VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The private virtual web server hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. If your site outgrows the resources offered by your shared web hosting package, a private virtual web server hosting package is an excellent option. VPS web hosting clients still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other VPS server hosting clients, but the physical machine is split up using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own dedicated resources and can be configured almost like a real dedicated server. The advantage is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a private virtual hosting server are not shared. Additionally, the virtualization technology gives you much more freedom to configure your virtual web hosting server, but it also calls for a higher level of technical expertise.

Dedicated web server plans

With the dedicated server hosting solution, the customer obtains an entire web hosting server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated server web hosting solution is the most powerful of all hosting solutions and offers multiple customization options - the dedicated hosting clients can choose the hardware and software specs that will fulfill their requirements. Dedicated system resources and no-holds-barred performance are two reasons why a dedicated web server is an excellent option for a high-traffic corporate portal for example - you will not share the dedicated hosting web server's resources with anyone else and will have root access. You will exercise full control over the physical machine which will allow you to implement any server configuration changes that you might require. The downside of the dedicated server hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical know-how is required - unless you engage an IT pro it will be your obligation to administer and configure the dedicated hosting web server. The dedicated hosting solution is also much more expensive because the cost of the physical machine isn't shared among any other clients.

A website hosting advice for beginners

If you are just beginning to develop your site and are searching for a website hosting solution to start with the shared web site hosting solution remains the smartest option. If your web site outgrows your shared hosting account's resources you can normally upgrade. With Exclusive Hosting for instance this is extremely easy and does not involve migration of your web site files since only the features of your hosting account change. You can also upgrade your web hosting package to a more powerful one at any particular moment without having to worry about the number of days left until expiration. In addition if you eventually reach the most powerful shared web site hosting plan and still need more resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it suggests that your website's popularity has grown!) there always is the possibility to switch to a virtual server web hosting platform or a dedicated server without having to change web hosting providers.

Budget Value Plus Exclusive
Price Per Month $4.95
per month
$7.95
per month
$9.95
per month
$14.95
per month
Web Content Space Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Sites Traffic Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Hosted Hostnames 1 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
InnoDB
Node.js Optional Optional Optional
Memcached Optional Optional Optional