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There are different types of hosting solutions appropriate for different web pages when it comes to the resources or the hosting platform they require. To choose the most optimal hosting service for your web site, you have to estimate what server-side software it requires, how many daily hits you expect at the beginning and in the long run, as well as any other specific needs that may need to be met.
Shared website hosting - Strong Points
The most relevant option for small sized online portals with several hundred or several thousand viewers is a shared hosting account. With this type of website hosting, each customer pays only for their plan, which decreases the overall price per person substantially. There are different web hosting solutions differing from one hosting vendor to another, delivering different quotas of server storage space and traffic, different mailbox account quotas and so on. The plus is that you can obtain an account that will offer the specs your online portal really requires. You will not need to pay plenty of money for a package you will not use, or end up with a small scale plan that cannot accommodate the web page. We, at Universal-Hosting, offer a big collection of hosting accounts suitable for personal or small business pages that even come with pre-installed script-powered systems like Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to make things simpler. If you commence with a low grade account and you need more functionalities, moving to a more feature-rich package involves only a click.
Shared Hosting - Negative Aspects
A shortcoming of the shared web hosting platform is that the servers have some software platforms installed on them and you cannot activate additional software applications. Some websites, chiefly online storefronts, need applications to be available on the web hosting server for them to run, and with a shared website hosting platform, you can install solely software applications that do not require root access.
Private Virtual Servers and Dedicated Web Servers
For web pages that require complete root access, or if your web portal has many 1000's or even millions of visits per day, what you need is a VPS or a dedicated server. A virtual server is a software emulation of a dedicated web server and it behaves in absolutely the same manner.
VPS Web Hosting Servers
Both services normally include complete root access and can be rebooted through a software platform by the customer, autonomously from the web hosting provider. Just like the shared website hosting accounts, the VPS and the dedicated web hosting server plans come with different functionalities depending on what the web hosting provider offers. A private virtual web server package has guaranteed disk storage, RAM and CPU quotas that can occasionally be enhanced for brief spells of time in case there are free system resources on the physical server. With a dedicated hosting server, the only limit is the hardware architecture it is using, and it can be revved up by altering or appending components. A virtual private hosting server is easier to cope with as it includes a virtualization software platform, which can be utilized to restart it, to install applications, examine stats, etc. The administration of a dedicated hosting server is more complicated, so such a package would rather be used by qualified users.
However, some companies provide managed dedicated web hosting services where they run dedicated server management tasks on behalf of the customer. This can be a part of plan or an additional upgrade.
Before You Select...
Opting for the top hosting plan is important as it can have an influence on the stable functioning of a web site. Before selecting an account, compare the pros and cons, inspect completely all the preconditions for the website to perform properly, especially if it is script-driven. And if you are still in doubt which one is the best hosting service for you, consult with our live chat operators or call us - our sales reps will be happy to assist you and answer all your questions.