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How Website Hosting Works

Website hosting is a service that hosting corporations offer so that you can publish your website online.

How can people see your site?

When you make a website and you would like other persons to see it, you will have to copy (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you try to render the site accessible on the World Wide Web by website hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it always online, which is why hosting services exist.

How does website hosting work?

Hosting firms offer you disk storage space for your site on their high-powered computers (web hosting servers) and ensure continuous website accessibility. When someone writes your domain (for example in their browser's address bar, they will be connected to the server where they can have a gaze at the content of your web site.

Web hosting varieties

With the development of online technologies, different types of web hosting services have come into existence to fulfill the different requirements of website possessors, among them shared website hosting services, virtual server web hosting services and dedicated server web hosting services.

Shared web hosting

Shared hosting is the most common form of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where one single hosting server is shared between numerous hosting customers who are limited by the CPU, traffic and web server storage space quotas that they have been apportioned. This type of web hosting is commonly less expensive - you don't have to purchase the whole web hosting server in advance, as it is divided between a lot of web hosting account holders, and the web hosting services provider can afford to provide much lower prices. It is also much easier to use - the server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the web hosting distributor takes care of all server maintenance tasks and security updates on your behalf.

The drawback of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's system resources with other hosting customers and if a given web site becomes very popular it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the websites on that web server, but most web hosting companies, including us at InfiniTech, have protection platforms at work that obstruct that from occurring.

A description of a website hosting service

Because shared hosting is the most commonly used type of web hosting, the majority of hosting companies and web hosting clients simply call it web hosting or website hosting. As there is a great competition on the web hosting marketplace, most hosting service providers endeavor to provide modest prices and bonuses with their web hosting services. We, for example, offer different website hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and annual, based on your finances. If you choose the yearly invoicing cycle, you will receive a bonus - one free-of-charge domain name registration.

VPS web hosting

VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The VPS web hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated web hosting solution. If your site outgrows the resources offered by your shared hosting account, a private virtual web server plan is a suitable solution. virtual web server hosting account holders still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other VPS server hosting clients, but the hard disk is split up using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own dedicated system resources and can be configured almost like a real dedicated web hosting server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a virtual web hosting server are not shared. Additionally, the virtualization technology offers you much more freedom to configure your private virtual web hosting server, but it also presupposes a more advanced degree of technical know-how.

Dedicated Web Hosting

With the Dedicated Web Hosting solution, the user gets an entire server and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated hosting solution is the most reliable of all hosting solutions and offers lots of configuration possibilities - the dedicated server web hosting clients can select the hardware and software specs that will meet their requirements. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated web hosting package is an excellent choice for a heavy resource-requiring business web site, for example - you will not share the dedicated hosting server's resources with anyone else and will acquire root-level access. You will have full control over the physical server, which will enable you to make any configuration changes that you might require. The drawback of the dedicated web hosting solution is that a higher degree of technical expertise is needed - unless you hire an Information Technology professional, you will be responsible for administering and configuring the physical server. The dedicated web server hosting solution also costs far more, since the cost of the server isn't shared between any other users.

A web hosting tip for novices

If you are just starting to create your web site and are searching for a hosting solution to start out with, the shared web hosting solution remains the most intelligent choice. If your website outgrows your website hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely easy and does not involve migration of your website files, since only the features of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting package to a more powerful one at any given time without worrying about the remaining time until the expiration date. Besides, if you finally reach the most advanced shared website hosting package and still need more resources (which is great sometimes - it signifies that your site's popularity has increased!), there always is the possibility to migrate to a private virtual web server hosting solution or a dedicated hosting platform without needing to change web hosting service providers.