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Shared hosting is a service that web hosting companies provide so that you can publish your site online.
How can people view your website?
When you create a website and you wish other individuals to notice it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a server. If you attempt to make the website available on the World Wide Web by shared hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it up and running all the time, which is why hosting services came into being.
How does shared hosting work?
Web hosting distributors offer you data storage space for your web site on their high-powered computers (web servers) and guarantee continuous Internet connection. When somebody writes your website address (for example www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the web server where they can explore the content of your site.
With the advance of web technologies, different types of web hosting services have appeared to satisfy the various expectations of web site possessors, among them shared web hosting services, private virtual web server hosting services and dedicated web hosting services.
Shared website hosting
Shared hosting is the most widely used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where one single web hosting server is divided among plenty of clients who are limited by the CPU, web traffic and web storage space quotas that they have been allocated. This form of hosting is commonly less expensive - you don't have to purchase the whole server in advance, since it is divided between multiple users, and the hosting distributor can afford to offer much cheaper prices. It is also easier to use - the hosting server is pre-installed with all the required software and the web hosting supplier handles all server maintenance procedures and security updates for you.
The drawback of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the server's system resources with other web hosting clients and if one web site becomes really popular it may influence (and slow down) all the other websites on that hosting server, but the majority of web hosting suppliers, including us at Hamilton Hosting, have security platforms at work that hinder that from occurring.
A definition of a website hosting service
Because shared web hosting is the most popular type of web hosting, most web hosts and web hosting customers simply refer to it as web hosting or website hosting. As there is an enormous rivalry on the website hosting marketplace, the majority of web hosting providers strive to offer reasonable prices and bonuses with their hosting services. We, for example, offer different web hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and annual, depending on your budget. If you choose the yearly invoicing cycle, you will get a bonus - one free domain registration.
Virtual private servers packages
VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The Virtual private servers hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated web hosting solution. If your website outgrows the resources offered by your shared web hosting account, a private virtual web hosting server package is a good choice. VPS hosting customers still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other VPS web hosting account holders, but the hard disk drive is partitioned using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed system resources and can be configured practically like a real dedicated web hosting server. The upside is that the CPU and the memory on a private virtual hosting server are not shared. In addition, the virtualization technology gives you much more autonomy to configure your VPS hosting server, but it also calls for a higher level of technical proficiency.
With the Dedicated Server solution, the customer obtains an entire dedicated server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated server web hosting solution is the most reliable of all hosting solutions and offers tons of configuration possibilities - the users can pick the hardware and software specs that will answer their needs. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are among the reasons why a dedicated server hosting package is an excellent solution for a frequently visited corporate web site, for instance - you will not share the dedicated web hosting server's system resources with anyone else and will be given complete server root access. You will have full authority over the web server, which will enable you to implement any server configuration modifications that you might need. The weak side of the dedicated server hosting solution is that a higher level of technical proficiency is needed - unless you engage an IT specialist, it will be your obligation to administer and configure the dedicated server. The dedicated server hosting solution is also far more expensive, because the cost of the physical server isn't shared between any other customers.
A web hosting advice for novices
If you are just beginning to develop your site and are seeking a hosting solution to begin with, the shared web hosting solution remains the most appropriate choice. If your web site grows beyond your shared web hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for example, this is very easy and does not involve migration of your web site files, because only the features of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your web hosting plan to a more powerful one at any given time without having to worry about the time remaining until the expiration date. Additionally, if you eventually reach the most powerful shared website hosting plan and still require more resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it indicates that your site's popularity has expanded!), there always is the possibility to move to a VPS web hosting solution or a dedicated web server hosting platform without having to change web hosting providers.