There are different types of hosting plans suitable for different web pages in regard to the system resources or the hosting platform they demand. To select the most adequate hosting service for your web site, you have to judge what server-side software programs it demands, how many visits per day you expect at the beginning and in the long run, as well as any other special needs that may need to be fulfilled.
Shared website hosting - Positive Sides
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The most appropriate alternative for small scale web portals with several hundred or several thousand visitors is a shared hosting plan. With this type of web site hosting, each user pays only for their account, which minimizes the total price per individual drastically. There are various web hosting plans varying from one hosting company to another, offering different amounts of data storage space and traffic, different mail quotas and so on. The advantage is that you can order a package that will have the resources your site indeed needs. You will not have to pay a lot for an account you will not use, or end up with a small size plan that cannot host the site. We, at THE SUN, offer a wide array of hosting accounts appropriate for private or small business web sites that even provide pre-activated script-driven platforms such as Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to make it easier. If you start with a basic package and you need more functionalities, upgrading to a more advanced package demands only a click of the mouse.
Shared web hosting - Shortcomings
A downside of the shared hosting environment is that the web servers have some software programs installed on them and you cannot activate additional software platforms. Some web sites, above all web shops, need applications to be present on the hosting server for them to run, and with a shared web hosting environment, you can install only software programs that do not need complete server root access.
Private Virtual Web Servers and Dedicated Web Servers
For web pages that need server root access, or if your site has many 1000's or even millions of daily visits, what you require is a VPS or a dedicated server. A virtual web server is a software emulation of a dedicated web server and it runs in an exactly identical manner.
Virtual Private Servers
Both solutions traditionally come with complete root-level access and can be rebooted via a software interface by the client, independently from the web hosting company. Similar to the shared web hosting packages, the VPS and the dedicated hosting accounts involve different features depending on what the hosting provider has to offer. A virtual web hosting server package contains guaranteed hard disk space, random access memory and CPU quotas that can sometimes be expanded for brief stretches of time in case there are free system resources on the physical machine. With a dedicated web server, the only limitation is the hardware equipment it is utilizing, and it can be revved up by altering or adding components. A VPS is simpler to manipulate as it comprises a virtualization software platform, which can be used to reboot it, to install applications, monitor statistics, and so on. The management of a dedicated web server is more intricate, so such a solution would rather be resorted to by knowledgeable users.
Dedicated Web Servers
Nonetheless, some providers offer managed dedicated server hosting services where they complete dedicated web hosting server management procedures instead of the client. This can be a part of plan or an additional feature.
Prior To Deciding...
Choosing the top hosting plan is crucial as it can affect the stable functioning of a web page. Before picking an account, weigh the pros and cons, study completely all the preconditions for the site to operate properly, particularly if it is script-based. And if you are still unsure which one is the best hosting service for you, check with our live chat operators or call us - our sales reps will be glad to assist you and answer all your questions.