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What Does Web Hosting Represent?

Web hosting is a service that hosting service providers provide so that you can put your web site on the web.

How can people discover your web site?

When you create a site and you want other persons to access it, you will need to publish (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you attempt to make the web site reachable on the World Wide Web by web hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it constantly online, which is why web hosting services came into existence.

How does web hosting work?

Web hosting firms offer you disk drive space for your web site on their high-powered computers (servers) and ensure continuous Internet connection. When somebody writes your web address (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the hosting server where they can see the content of your web site.

Hosting types

With the growth of web technologies, several types of web hosting services have come into existence to match the various needs of website proprietors, including shared website hosting services, virtual private web server hosting services and dedicated hosting services.

Shared website hosting

Shared hosting is the most commonly used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where one server is shared among a lot of web hosting clients who are limited by the CPU, web traffic and disk storage space quotas that they have been apportioned. This type of website hosting is usually less expensive - you don't need to pay for the entire web hosting server in advance, since it is divided between lots of hosting account holders, and the web hosting vendor can afford to offer much more modest prices. It is also much easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-installed with all the necessary software and the hosting supplier takes care of all server maintenance procedures and software updates on your behalf.

The disadvantage of the shared web hosting solution is that you share the server's system resources with other web hosting clients and if a given web site becomes very popular it may influence (and slow down) the rest of the sites on that web hosting server, but the majority of web hosting distributors, including us at KOS HOSTING, have protection platforms at work that obstruct that from taking place.

A description of a website hosting service

Since shared website hosting is the most common form of web hosting, most web hosting firms and web hosting customers simply call it web hosting or website hosting. As there is an enormous competition on the website hosting market, most web hosting suppliers strive to offer cheap prices and gifts with their hosting services. We, for example, provide different website hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your funds. If you select the yearly billing cycle, you will receive a gift - one free-of-charge domain registration.

VPS hosting plans

VPS is an abbreviation of 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 web hosting plan, a VPS web hosting server plan is a suitable choice. virtual private web server hosting clients still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other VPS web server hosting customers, but the hard drive is partitioned using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own dedicated resources and can be configured practically like a full-fledged dedicated hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a Virtual Private Server are not shared. Furthermore, the virtualization technology gives you much more freedom to configure your private virtual web server, but it also calls for a more advanced degree of technical proficiency.

Dedicated Hosting

With the Dedicated Hosting solution, the customer gets a whole physical server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated hosting solution is the most reliable of all website hosting solutions and offers loads of customization possibilities - the customers can choose the hardware and software specifications that will fulfill their requirements. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are two reasons why a dedicated web hosting plan is an excellent solution for a high resource-devouring business portal, for example - you will not share the dedicated web hosting server's system resources with anyone else and will gain full root-level access. You will have full authority over the hosting server, which will allow you to make any server configuration modifications that you might require. The drawback of the dedicated server web hosting solution is that a higher level of technical expertise is required - unless you hire an Information Technology pro, it will be your obligation to manage and configure the dedicated web hosting server. The dedicated server web hosting solution also costs much more, because the cost of the dedicated web server isn't shared among any other users.

A website hosting tip for novices

If you are just beginning to create your site and are searching for a web hosting solution to start with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the smartest option. If your web site grows beyond your shared website hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for instance, this is very easy and does not involve migration of your data, because only the features of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more powerful one at any particular time without worrying about the number of days left until the expiration date. Furthermore, if you eventually reach the most advanced shared website hosting plan and still need more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it indicates that your web site's popularity has risen!), there always is the option to switch to a VPS server web hosting platform or a dedicated hosting solution without the need to swap web hosting providers.