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What In Fact is Shared Hosting
Shared hosting is a service that web hosting corporations offer so that you can publish your site on the Internet.
How can people reach your site?
When you create a site and you want other individuals to see it, you will need to publish (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you try to make the web site available online by shared hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it always up and running, which is why web hosting services exist.
How does shared hosting work?
Web hosting distributors offer you storage space for your web site on their high-end computers (web hosting servers) and ensure uninterrupted network uptime. When someone writes your website address (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the web hosting server where they can view the content of your web site.
With the development of Internet technologies, several types of web hosting services have appeared to satisfy the different expectations of web site owners, among them shared hosting services, VPS server web hosting services and dedicated web hosting services.
Shared web hosting
Shared hosting is the most popular form of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where one single hosting server is divided between many shared web hosting account owners who are limited by the CPU, traffic and data space quotas that they have been assigned. This form of website hosting is usually less expensive - you don't have to pay for the whole web hosting server upfront, since it is divided among a lot of customers, and the hosting company can afford to provide much lower prices. It is also easier to use - the server is pre-installed with all the required software and the hosting distributor handles all server maintenance tasks and software updates for you.
The drawback of the shared web hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's resources with other shared hosting account holders and if one site becomes really busy it may affect (and slow down) all the other websites on that hosting server, but most web hosting vendors, including us at DPP World, have protection platforms in place that prevent that from happening.
A description of a web hosting service
Since shared website hosting is the most popular type of web hosting, the majority of web hosting distributors and hosting clients simply call it hosting or website hosting. As there is an extensive competition on the website hosting market, the majority of web hosting companies strive to offer moderate prices and gifts with their services. We, for example, offer different hosting packages and two invoicing options - monthly and yearly, based on your funds. If you select the yearly invoicing cycle, you will receive a bonus - one charge-free domain registration.
VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated web hosting solution. If your site outgrows the resources offered by your shared website hosting plan, a private virtual web server package is a good option. Virtual Private Server web hosting users still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other private virtual web server hosting account holders, but the disk drive is partitioned using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own guaranteed resources and can be configured almost like a real dedicated web server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a VPS web hosting server are not shared. Furthermore, the virtualization software gives you much more freedom to configure your virtual web hosting server, but it also calls for a more advanced degree of technical proficiency.
With the Dedicated Server solution, the user gets a whole web server and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated server web hosting solution is the most flexible of all website hosting solutions and offers tons of configuration options - the users can select the hardware and software specifications that will meet their requirements. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are among the reasons why a dedicated hosting server is an excellent choice for a big corporate portal, for instance - you will not share the web server's system resources with anyone else and will receive root access. You will exercise full control over the web hosting server, which will permit you to implement any configuration changes that you might require. The weakness of the dedicated web hosting solution is that a more advanced level of technical know-how is required - unless you hire an Information Technology professional, it will be your obligation to manage and configure the server. The dedicated server web hosting solution also costs far more, since the cost of the dedicated web hosting server isn't shared among any other users.
A hosting tip for beginner users
If you are just beginning to set up your site and are seeking a website hosting solution to commence with, the shared web hosting solution remains the most reasonable option. If your web site outgrows your shared website hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for instance, this is extremely easy and does not involve migration of your website files, because only the features of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your hosting plan to a more powerful one at any given moment without having to worry about the remaining time until expiration. Moreover, if you finally reach the most advanced shared hosting plan and still require more resources (which is great sometimes - it signifies that your web site's popularity has risen!), there always is the possibility to switch to a virtual private web server or a dedicated server web hosting platform without the need to switch web hosting service providers.