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There are different varieties of hosting solutions suitable for different sites in regard to the system resources or the hosting environment they require. To select the most adequate hosting service for your site, you have to evaluate what server-side software it needs, how many daily hits you anticipate at the beginning and in the future, as well as any other special needs that may need to be answered.

Shared Hosting - Positive Sides

The most appropriate option for small size web portals with a few hundred or several thousand visitors is a shared hosting solution. With this type of webspace hosting, each customer pays only for their account, which minimizes the overall price per customer considerably. There are different web hosting packages varying from one web hosting company to another, supplying different amounts of server storage and web traffic, different email box account quotas and so on. The privilege is that you can buy a plan that will provide the specs your online portal really requires. You will not have to pay a lot of cash for a plan you will not make use of, or end up with a small account that cannot host the web portal. We, at Universal-Hosting, offer a big assortment of hosting plans appropriate for private or small business portals that even provide pre-installed script-powered platforms like Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to make it easier. If you begin with a low-end account and you need more system resources, moving to a high-end package requires just a click of the mouse.

Shared Website Hosting - Weaknesses

A disadvantage of the shared website hosting platform is that the hosting servers have some software platforms installed on them and you are unable to install new software platforms. Given online portals, particularly web shops, require software applications to be present on the server for them to perform, and with a shared website hosting platform, you can activate solely software applications that do not require complete root-level access.

Virtual Private Web Servers and Dedicated Web Hosting Servers

For web sites that need complete server root access, or if your website has many 1000's or even 1 000 000's of daily viewers, what you need is a VPS or a dedicated server. A virtual server is a software imitation of a dedicated machine and it works in a precisely identical manner.

Private Virtual Web Servers

Both solutions commonly give root-level access and can be rebooted through a software interface by the customer, autonomously from the hosting supplier. Like the shared web hosting accounts, the VPS and the dedicated server hosting accounts have different features based on what the web hosting vendor offers. A private virtual web server package includes guaranteed data storage, RAM and CPU usage quotas that can sometimes be enlarged for brief spells of time if there are available resources on the physical machine. With a dedicated web server, the only limit is the hardware configuration it is making use of, and it can be upgraded by altering or appending components. A Virtual Private Server is simpler to manage as it ships with a virtualization console, which can be utilized to restart it, to install applications, check statistics, and so on. The administration of a dedicated web server is more intricate, so such an account would rather be resorted to by skilled users.

Dedicated Web Hosting Servers

Still, given providers provide managed dedicated web server hosting services where they run dedicated web hosting server administration tasks on behalf of the client. This can be a part of package or an additional option.

Prior To Reaching a Decision...

Opting for the top hosting plan is important as it can influence the proper operation of a site. Prior to settling on a package, compare the pros and cons, examine thoroughly all the prerequisites for the web portal to function properly, particularly if it is script-powered. And if you are still in doubt which one 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.

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