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Web Hosting Description

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Web hosting is a service that hosting service providers provide so that you can publish your website on the Internet.

How can people visit your web site?

When you create a site and you wish other people to observe it, you will have to copy (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you try to make the web site visible on the web by web hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it constantly online, which is why website hosting services came into existence.

How does web hosting work?

Hosting vendors offer you hard drive storage space for your website on their powerful computers (web servers) and guarantee uninterrupted Internet connection. When someone writes your domain name (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's address bar, they will be connected to the server where they can see the content of your site.

Web hosting types

With the development of web technologies, several types of web hosting services have come into being to satisfy the different expectations of web site owners, among them shared website hosting services, VPS server hosting services and dedicated server web hosting services.

Shared website hosting

Shared website hosting is the most widely used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where a single web hosting server is shared between a lot of shared hosting account holders who are limited by the CPU, traffic and hosting server storage space quotas that they have been allotted. This form of hosting is commonly less expensive - you don't need to buy the entire web hosting server upfront, since it is divided among many hosting account holders, and the hosting supplier can afford to offer much more affordable prices. It is also much easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-installed with all the necessary software and the hosting services provider handles all server maintenance tasks and security updates on your behalf.

The weakness of the shared hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's system resources with other users and if a given site becomes very busy it may influence (and slow down) the rest of the websites on that web server, but most hosting service providers, including us at American Patriot Hosting, have protection systems at work that hinder that from happening.

A description of a web hosting service

Because shared website hosting is the most common type of web hosting, the majority of hosting distributors and hosting clients simply refer to it as web hosting or website hosting. As there is an enormous competition on the website hosting marketplace, most hosting firms strive to provide reasonable prices and gifts with their hosting services. We, for example, offer different hosting packages and two invoicing options - monthly and annual, depending on your finances. If you select the annual billing cycle, you will get a gift - one free-of-charge domain registration.

VPS web hosting

VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The VPS web hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated server hosting solution. If your web site outgrows the resources offered by your shared website hosting plan, a VPS web server hosting package is an appropriate choice. virtual web server hosting users still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other private virtual server hosting customers, but the physical machine is partitioned using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed resources and can be configured practically like a full-fledged dedicated server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a VPS web server are not shared. In addition, the virtualization software gives you much more freedom to configure your virtual web server, but it also calls for a more advanced level of technical proficiency.

Dedicated Web Hosting

With the Dedicated Web Hosting solution, the client obtains an entire physical server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated hosting solution is the most flexible of all hosting solutions and offers lots of configuration possibilities - the dedicated server web hosting users can select the hardware and software specifications that will meet their requirements. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are two reasons why a dedicated hosting plan is a perfect option for a high-traffic corporate web site, for instance - you will not share the server's resources with anyone else and will be bestowed with root privileges. You will exercise complete authority over the web hosting server, which will allow you to make any configuration modifications that you might require. The disadvantage of the dedicated web hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical expertise is required - unless you employ an Information Technology professional, it will be your duty to manage and configure the dedicated web server. The dedicated server web hosting solution is also far more high-priced, because the cost of the physical server isn't shared among any other customers.

A website hosting advice for beginners

If you are just starting to develop your web site and are seeking a website hosting solution to start with, the shared hosting solution persists to be the most intelligent option. If your website outgrows your shared website hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for instance, this is very easy and does not involve migration of your files, because only the features of your account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting package to a more advanced one at any given time without worrying about the remaining time until the expiration date. In addition, if you eventually reach the most advanced shared website hosting plan and still need more system resources (which is great sometimes - it indicates that your site's popularity has expanded!), there always is the possibility to switch to a virtual private web server hosting platform or a dedicated server without the need to change web hosting providers.

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