Quality Web Hosting
There are different varieties of web hosting solutions suitable for different web portals in relation to the system resources or the web hosting platform they require. To choose the most adequate web hosting service for your website, you have to estimate what server-side software applications it requires, how many visits per day you expect at the beginning and in the long run, as well as any other special requirements that may need to be met.
Shared web hosting - Good Points
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The most suitable alternative for small scale online portals with several hundred or several thousand viewers is a shared hosting package. With this type of webspace hosting, each user pays only for their account, which diminishes the total price per person drastically. There are diverse web hosting packages differing from one hosting company to another, offering different quotas of server storage and web traffic, different e-mailbox account quotas and so on. The plus is that you can get a plan that will provide the specifications your web site in fact demands. You will not need to pay a lot of cash for an account you will not avail of, or end up with a small sized plan that cannot accommodate the website. We, at The Big Host, offer an extensive array of web hosting plans suitable for private or small business sites that even offer pre-activated script-powered platforms such as Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to make things simpler. If you kick off with a less powerful account and you require more features, moving to a high-end package takes only a mouse click.
Shared Website Hosting - Downsides
A weakness of the shared hosting environment is that the web servers have some software platforms installed on them and you cannot install new software platforms. Specific online portals, mainly web stores, demand software applications to be available on the web server for them to run, and with a shared website hosting plan, you can install only software that does not demand root-level access.
Virtual Private Servers and Dedicated Web Hosting Servers
For web sites that require complete root access, or if your online portal has many thousands or even 1 000 000's of daily hits, what you require is a VPS web hosting or a dedicated web hosting. A virtual web hosting server is a software emulation of a dedicated machine and it runs in strictly the same way.
Private Virtual Web Servers
Both environments normally give full root-level access and can be restarted through a software interface by the user, independently from the hosting provider. Much like the shared web hosting plans, the VPS web hosting and the dedicated web server plans sport different characteristics depending on what the web hosting supplier offers. A private virtual web server plan has guaranteed disk storage, RAM and CPU usage quotas that can sometimes be boosted for brief stretches of time on condition that there are unused resources on the physical machine. With a dedicated hosting server, the only limiting factor is the hardware architecture it is availing of, and it can be upgraded by changing or appending components. A private virtual server is easier to handle as it comes with a virtualization tool, which can be used to restart it, to install software applications, examine statistics, etc. The management of a dedicated web server is more complicated, so such a package would rather be utilized by competent customers.
Dedicated Web Servers
However, some hosting companies provide managed dedicated server hosting services where they carry out dedicated hosting server management procedures on behalf of the customer. This can be a part of package or an additional option.
Before You Reach a Decision...
Selecting the top hosting plan is vital as it can affect the proper functioning of a web site. Before opting for a package, compare the pros and cons, examine completely all the prerequisites for the site to function properly, particularly if it is script-powered. And if you are still unsure which is the best web hosting service for you, ask our live chat operators or give us a call - our sales reps will be glad to help you and answer all your questions.