There are different kinds of hosting services suitable for different sites when it comes to the system resources or the hosting platform they require. To pick the most appropriate hosting service for your web page, you have to estimate what server-side software applications it requires, how many visits per day you expect at the start and in the long run, as well as any other special needs that may need to be fulfilled.
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The most suitable choice for small scale online portals with several hundred or several thousand viewers is a shared hosting account. With this form of hosting, each client pays only for their plan, which decreases the overall price per user seriously. There are diverse web hosting accounts varying from one web hosting provider to another, furnishing different quotas of server space and traffic, different email address account quotas and so on. The plus is that you can purchase an account that will provide the specs your web page really requires. You will not have to pay plenty of money for a plan you will not use, or wind up with a small size account that cannot shelter the online portal. We, at Cowboy Web Hosting, offer a wide collection of hosting packages suitable for personal or small business pages that even offer pre-installed script-powered platforms like Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to render things simpler. If you commence with a low-end package and you need more resources, upgrading to a better package demands only a mouse click.
Shared Web Hosting - Weak Points
A negative side of the shared website hosting environment is that the servers have some software applications installed on them and you cannot activate new software programs. Given sites, above all online stores, require software applications to be installed on the web hosting server for them to run, and with a shared web hosting package, you can install only software platforms that do not request full server root access.
Virtual Web Hosting Servers and Dedicated Hosting Servers
For web portals that need root-level access, or if your web site has many thousands or even millions of hits per day, what you demand is a VPS or a dedicated server. A VPS web hosting server is a software simulation of a dedicated server and it works in absolutely the same way.
Private Virtual Hosting Servers
Both solutions normally include root privileges and can be restarted through a software platform by the user, autonomously from the hosting supplier. Like the shared website hosting plans, the VPS and the dedicated web hosting plans contain different specs depending on what the web hosting company has to offer. A private virtual hosting server plan offers guaranteed web space, random access memory and CPU usage quotas that can at times be enhanced for short periods of time on condition that there are spare system resources on the physical server. With a dedicated server, the only limit is the hardware configuration it is using, and it can be revved up by altering or adding components. A virtual hosting server is simpler to handle as it includes virtualization software, which can be used to restart it, to install software applications, monitor stats, and so on. The management of a dedicated web server is more complicated, so such a solution would rather be utilized by practiced users.
Dedicated Web Hosting Servers
Nonetheless, given web hosting companies offer managed dedicated web hosting services where they run hosting server administration operations on behalf of the client. This can be included in the package or an extra upgrade.
Before You Reach a Decision...
Choosing the top hosting package is essential as it can affect the proper work of a site. Prior to choosing an account, weigh the pros and cons, explore carefully all the prerequisites for the web portal to perform properly, particularly if it is script-driven. And if you are still unsure which is the best hosting service for you, consult with our live chat operators or give us a call - our sales reps will be glad to help you and answer all your questions.