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There are various sorts of hosting services appropriate for different web portals in regard to the system resources or the hosting platform they need. To pick the most appropriate hosting service for your online portal, you need to judge what server-side software applications it demands, how many daily visits you expect at the beginning and in the long run, as well as any other specific demands that may need to be met.
Shared Hosting - Positive Sides
The most optimal alternative for small sized web portals with several hundred or a few thousand visitors is a shared hosting solution. With this form of web space hosting, each client pays only for their plan, which lowers the total cost per user significantly. There are diverse web hosting accounts differing from one hosting company to another, offering different quotas of disk space and web traffic, different email quotas and so on. The plus is that you can purchase a plan that will provide the specs your web page actually demands. You will not need to pay a lot for a plan you will not use, or wind up with a small size package that cannot shelter the site. We, at Westgate WEBS Hosting and Free Domains, offer a wide variety of hosting packages appropriate for personal or small business sites that even provide pre-activated script-driven systems like Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to render things simpler. If you kick off with a low-end account and you demand more functionalities, upgrading to a more feature-rich package demands only a click.
Shared web hosting - Disadvantages
A weak side of the shared web hosting solution is that the web servers have some software platforms installed on them and you are unable to install additional software platforms. Specific web pages, mainly online storefronts, demand software applications to be installed on the web hosting server for them to work, and with a shared web hosting environment, you can activate solely software that does not demand complete server root access.
Private Virtual Servers and Dedicated Web Hosting Servers
For websites that require complete root access, or if your site has many thousands or even 1 000 000's of daily visits, what you require is a VPS or a dedicated package. A private virtual server is a software simulation of a dedicated hosting server and it works in an absolutely identical way.
Virtual Web Hosting Servers
Both environments typically provide complete root-level access and can be rebooted via a software tool by the customer, independently from the web hosting provider. Similar to the shared web hosting plans, the VPS and the dedicated hosting server packages have different functionalities based on what the hosting company offers. A virtual private web server account has guaranteed disk storage space, RAM and CPU quotas that can at times be enlarged for brief intervals of time if there are free system resources on the physical machine. With a dedicated hosting server, the only limit is the hardware it is using, and it can be configured by changing or adding components. A virtual private web hosting server is simpler to manage as it arrives with virtualization software, which can be used to reboot it, to install applications, monitor statistics, etc. The administration of a dedicated server is more complex, so such a solution would rather be resorted to by competent clients.
However, certain hosting providers provide managed dedicated server web hosting solutions where they perform dedicated hosting server management procedures on behalf of the client. This can be a part of package or an additional option.
Before You Choose...
Settling on the top hosting plan is important as it can influence the stable performance of a site. Before settling on a package, compare the pros and cons, appraise carefully all the preconditions for the site to function properly, especially if it is script-powered. And if you are still in doubt which is the best hosting service for you, consult with our live chat operators or give us a call - our sales reps will be glad to assist you and answer all your questions.