The Essence of Hosting

Hosting is a service that web hosting vendors offer so that you can upload your website to the web.

How can people see your site?

When you set up a website and you wish other individuals to spot it, you will need to publish (or upload) it to a server. If you attempt to make the web site accessible on the web by hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it constantly up and running, which is why web hosting services came into being.

How does web hosting work?

Web hosting companies provide you with hard drive storage space for your site on their powerful computers (servers) and ensure continuous website accessibility. When someone writes your web address (for example www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the server where they can explore the content of your web site.

Hosting types

With the advancement of online technologies, different types of hosting services have emerged to answer the various requirements of web site possessors, among them shared web site hosting services, Virtual Private Server web hosting services and dedicated web server hosting services.

Shared hosting

Shared website hosting is the most commonly used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where one single hosting server is divided between plenty of web hosting users who are restricted by the CPU, traffic and web server disk drive storage space quotas that they have been assigned. This type of website hosting is usually cheaper - you don't need to pay for the whole web server upfront, since it is divided between lots of hosting clients, and the web hosting company can afford to offer much more affordable prices. It is also easier to use - the hosting server is pre-configured with all the required software and the hosting vendor takes care of all server maintenance procedures and security updates on your behalf.

The negative side of the shared web site hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's system resources with other individuals and if a given site becomes really busy it may influence (and slow down) the rest of the web sites on that web hosting server, but most hosting providers, including NTChosting, have protection systems in place that prevent that from taking place.

A definition of a web hosting service

Since shared web site hosting is the most common type of web hosting, most web hosting vendors and hosting users simply refer to it as web hosting or web site hosting. As there is a huge competition on the hosting marketplace, most web hosting service providers endeavor to offer cheap prices and bonuses with their web hosting services. NTChosting, for example, provides different website hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and annual, depending on your funds. If you pick the yearly invoicing cycle, you will receive a present - one charge-free domain name registration.

VPS Web Server Plans

VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The Virtual Private Server web hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. If your web site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared website hosting plan, a VPS server plan is a good solution. VPS web hosting account holders still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other virtual server web hosting users, but the server is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed system resources and can be configured practically like a full-fledged dedicated web hosting server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a virtual private web server are not shared. Additionally, the virtualization technology gives you much more freedom to configure your VPS, but it also calls for a more advanced level of technical knowledge.

Dedicated server web hosting solutions

With the dedicated server web hosting solution, the user obtains a whole dedicated web hosting server and can utilize all its system resources. The dedicated hosting solution is the most reliable of all web site hosting solutions and offers a multitude of configuration options - the dedicated web server hosting customers can pick the hardware and software specifications that will answer their needs. Dedicated system resources and no-holds-barred performance are two reasons why a dedicated hosting web server is a perfect choice for a heavy resource-demanding corporate web site for instance - you will not share the dedicated web server's system resources with anyone else and will receive full server root privileges. You will exercise full authority over the web server which will enable you to implement any configuration modifications that you might require. The weak side of the dedicated web hosting solution is that a higher degree of technical competence is needed - unless you hire an Information Technology professional it will be your duty to manage and configure the server. The dedicated web server hosting solution is also much more expensive because the cost of the physical machine isn't shared among any other clients.

A web site hosting tip for novices

If you are just starting to set up your web site and are seeking a web site hosting solution to begin with the shared web hosting solution remains the most relevant option. If your website grows beyond your shared web hosting account's resources you can usually upgrade. With ExclusiveHosting for instance this is extremely easy and requires no migration of your website files because only the features of your web site hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more powerful one at any given time without having to worry about the time left before expiration. Additionally if you eventually reach the most advanced shared hosting package and still require more resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it suggests that your web site's popularity has risen!) there always is the option to switch to a VPS server web hosting platform or a dedicated hosting platform without the need to switch web hosting providers.

Budget Value Plus Exclusive
Monthly Fee $4.95
per month
$7.95
per month
$9.95
per month
$14.95
per month
Web Content Space Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Hosting Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Domains Hosted 1 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Domains Parked Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Email Boxes 500 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
FTPs Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
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