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Hosting is a service that web hosting companies offer so that you can upload your website to the Internet.
How can people access your site?
When you develop a site and you want other persons to visit it, you will have to copy (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you attempt to make the web site visible online by hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it always online, which is why website hosting services exist.
How does hosting work?
Hosting distributors provide you with content storage space for your website on their powerful computers (servers) and ensure uninterrupted website availability. When somebody types your domain name (for instance www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's address bar, they will be connected to the web hosting server where they can take a peek at the content of your web site.
Web hosting types
With the progress of Internet technologies, several types of web hosting services have emerged to satisfy the various needs of web site owners, among them shared website hosting services, VPS web server hosting services and dedicated server hosting services.
Shared website hosting
Shared website hosting is the most commonly used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where a single hosting server is divided among many hosting account owners who are limited by the CPU, web traffic and web hosting server hard disk storage space quotas that they have been allocated. This form of hosting is usually less expensive - you don't need to buy the entire web hosting server upfront, as it is shared among a lot of hosting account holders, and the web hosting services provider can afford to provide much more affordable prices. It is also much easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the hosting vendor handles all server maintenance procedures and security updates for you.
The drawback of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the server's system resources with other hosting account holders and if a given site becomes very busy it may influence (and slow down) all the other websites on that server, but most hosting suppliers, including us at Bogart Media, have protection platforms in place that obstruct that from occurring.
A description of a hosting service
Since shared website hosting is the most widely used type of web hosting, the majority of web hosts and web hosting customers simply call it web hosting or website hosting. As there is a large rivalry on the hosting market, the majority of hosting companies try to offer cheap prices and gifts with their services. We, for example, offer different website hosting packages and two invoicing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your funds. If you choose the annual invoicing cycle, you will receive a bonus - one cost-free domain name registration.
VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is basically 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 plan, a private virtual web server plan is an excellent option. VPS web server hosting account owners still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other VPS web server hosting clients, but the server is partitioned using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own dedicated system resources and can be configured practically like a real dedicated web hosting server. The upside is that the CPU and the memory on a VPS web hosting server are not shared. Also, the virtualization software gives you much more freedom to configure your virtual server, but it also calls for a higher degree of technical know-how.
With the Dedicated Server solution, the customer obtains an entire hosting server and can utilize all its system resources. The dedicated server web hosting solution is the most robust of all website hosting solutions and offers many configuration possibilities - the dedicated server web hosting customers can pick the hardware and software specifications that will meet their needs. Dedicated system resources and no-holds-barred performance are two reasons why a dedicated web hosting plan is a perfect choice for a resource-swallowing business web portal, for instance - you will not share the dedicated web server's system resources with anyone else and will be given complete server root access. You will exercise complete authority over the machine, which will allow you to make any configuration modifications that you might need. The weak side of the dedicated web server hosting solution is that a higher degree of technical proficiency is required - unless you engage an IT expert, it will be your obligation to manage 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 hosting server isn't shared among any other users.
A web hosting tip for novices
If you are just starting to develop your site and are seeking a website hosting solution to start out with, the shared website hosting solution remains the most reasonable choice. If your web site outgrows your website hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for instance, this is extremely easy and does not involve migration of your website files, since only the parameters of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting package to a more advanced one at any particular moment without having to worry about the time remaining until the expiration date. Besides, if you finally reach the most advanced shared hosting package and still require more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it means that your website's popularity has grown!), there always is the option to move to a private virtual server web hosting platform or a dedicated server web hosting solution without needing to switch web hosting providers.