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Shared Hosting Unmasked
Shared hosting is a service that hosting corporations offer so that you can upload your website to the World Wide Web.
How can people check out your web site?
When you set up a website and you want other individuals to observe it, you will have to publish (or upload) it to a web server. If you try to render the web site visible on the Internet by shared hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it constantly up and running, which is why website hosting services appeared.
How does shared hosting work?
Web hosting distributors offer you storage space for your site on their powerful computers (web servers) and ensure constant Internet connectivity. When somebody writes your website address (for instance www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's address bar, they will be connected to the web hosting server where they can view the content of your site.
Types of web hosting
With the progress of online technologies, several types of web hosting services have come into being to answer the various expectations of web site proprietors, including shared website hosting services, Virtual Private Server hosting services and dedicated hosting services.
Shared website hosting is the most popular type of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where one web hosting server is divided among numerous shared web hosting account holders who are limited by the CPU, traffic and content storage space quotas that they have been assigned. This type of website hosting is typically cheaper - you don't need to pay for the whole web hosting server upfront, since it is shared between many hosting clients, and the hosting vendor can afford to provide much more reasonable prices. It is also much easier to use - the web server is pre-installed with all the necessary software and the hosting supplier takes care of all server maintenance procedures and security updates for you.
The negative side of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's resources with other hosting users and if one web site becomes really busy it may influence (and slow down) all the other web sites on that web server, but most web hosting providers, including us at Mujica Hosting, have protection systems in place that impede that from occurring.
A definition of a web hosting service
Because shared hosting is the most widely used type of web hosting, the majority of hosting service providers and web hosting users simply call it hosting or website hosting. As there is an immense competition on the web hosting marketplace, most web hosting service providers endeavor to offer moderate prices and bonuses with their services. We, for instance, provide different hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and annual, depending on your finances. If you choose the yearly billing cycle, you will get a bonus - one free domain registration.
Virtual private servers plans
VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The Virtual private servers hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated server web hosting solution. If your website outgrows the resources offered by your shared website hosting package, a VPS server package is a suitable solution. Virtual Private Server hosting account owners still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other virtual server hosting account holders, but the server is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed resources and can be configured practically like a full-fledged dedicated web hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a virtual private hosting server are not shared. Furthermore, the virtualization technology gives you much more freedom to configure your virtual web hosting server, but it also calls for a more advanced degree of technical know-how.
With the Dedicated Server solution, the client obtains an entire dedicated web server and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated server hosting solution is the most reliable of all web hosting solutions and offers many customization options - the dedicated hosting clients can pick the hardware and software specifications that will answer their demands. Dedicated system resources and no-holds-barred performance are among the reasons why a dedicated server hosting package is an excellent option for a high resource-demanding corporate portal, for example - you will not share the dedicated hosting server's system resources with anyone else and will acquire complete server root access. You will have complete control over the server, which will permit you to make any server configuration modifications that you might need. The weak side of the dedicated server hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical knowledge is required - unless you employ an IT specialist, it will be your duty to manage and configure the dedicated hosting web server. The dedicated hosting solution is also much more costly, because the cost of the dedicated hosting server isn't shared between any other customers.
A website hosting recommendation for beginners
If you are just starting to set up your website and are searching for a website hosting solution to start out with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the best choice. If your website grows beyond your shared web hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for example, this is very easy and does not necessitate migration of your website files, because only the parameters of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more powerful one at any given time without having to worry about the remaining time before expiration. Additionally, if you finally reach the most powerful shared website hosting package and still require more resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it implies that your web site's popularity has grown!), there always is the option to move to a virtual server or a dedicated server web hosting platform without needing to switch hosting providers.