How Hosting Works
Hosting is a service that web hosting companies provide so that you can get your web site online.
How can people reach your web site?
When you develop a site and you want other people to discern it, you will have to publish (or upload) it to a server. If you try to make the web site visible online by hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it always up and running, which is why hosting services came into existence.
How does hosting work?
Web hosting firms offer you disk drive storage space for your site on their high-powered computers (servers) and ensure continuous website accessibility. When somebody writes your domain name (for example www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the server where they can see the content of your site.
Web hosting varieties
With the advance of online technologies, different types of web hosting services have come into existence to match the different needs of website proprietors, among them shared web hosting services, VPS server web hosting services and dedicated server web hosting services.
Shared web hosting
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Shared hosting is the most widely used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where one single web hosting server is divided between lots of users who are limited by the CPU, web traffic and content storage space quotas that they have been allotted. This type of hosting is commonly cheaper - you don't need to pay for the entire hosting server in advance, since it is divided among many web hosting clients, and the hosting provider can afford to provide much cheaper prices. It is also much easier to use - the server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the web hosting supplier handles all server maintenance tasks and security updates on your behalf.
The drawback of the shared hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's resources with other customers and if a given website becomes very popular it may influence (and slow down) the rest of the websites on that web hosting server, but the majority of hosting providers, including us at Brzi Hosting, have protection systems in place that hinder that from happening.
A definition of a hosting service
Since shared hosting is the most popular form of web hosting, the majority of hosting distributors and web hosting clients simply call it web hosting or website hosting. As there is a considerable competition on the website hosting market, most hosting companies try to offer low prices and gifts with their hosting services. We, for example, provide different hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and yearly, based on your budget. If you pick the annual billing cycle, you will receive a present - one free-of-charge domain registration.
VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated web server hosting solution. If your site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared hosting plan, a VPS server package is a possible choice. Virtual Private Server hosting users still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other VPS server hosting users, but the physical server is partitioned using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own guaranteed system resources and can be configured almost like an actual dedicated web server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a VPS server are not shared. Furthermore, the virtualization software gives you much more freedom to configure your VPS server, but it also presupposes a more advanced degree of technical know-how.
With the Dedicated Package solution, the user gets a whole web server and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated web server hosting solution is the most flexible of all website hosting solutions and offers a lot of configuration possibilities - the dedicated web hosting users can pick the hardware and software specs that will meet their requirements. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are two reasons why a dedicated hosting web server is an excellent choice for a popular business web portal, for instance - you will not share the web hosting server's resources with anyone else and will have complete root access. You will exert full control over the web server, which will allow you to implement any server configuration modifications that you might need. The weakness of the dedicated web hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical proficiency is required - unless you engage an Information Technology specialist, it will be your responsibility to manage and configure the physical machine. The dedicated hosting solution is also much more expensive, because the cost of the dedicated hosting server isn't shared among any other users.
A website hosting tip for novices
If you are just starting to set up your web site and are searching for a website hosting solution to begin with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the most sensible option. If your web site outgrows your shared web hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely easy and does not involve migration of your files, because only the features of your hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting package to a more advanced one at any given moment without worrying about the time remaining until expiration. Additionally, if you eventually reach the most powerful shared website hosting plan and still need more system resources (which is great sometimes - it suggests that your web site's popularity has increased!), there always is the possibility to migrate to a Virtual Private Server hosting platform or a dedicated hosting solution without the need to change web hosting providers.