There are various kinds of hosting accounts suitable for different web portals in terms of the system resources or the hosting environment they demand. To choose the most suitable hosting service for your website, you must estimate what server-side software programs it demands, how many daily hits you expect at the start and in the long run, as well as any other specific demands that may need to be met.
Shared Website Hosting - Upsides
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The most proper alternative for small scale web sites with a few hundred or several thousand visitors is a shared hosting plan. With this type of web site hosting, each client pays only for their account, which decreases the total cost per user radically. There are different web hosting solutions differing from one hosting provider to another, furnishing different amounts of server space and monthly traffic, different e-mail box account quotas and so on. The plus is that you can obtain an account that will offer the specs your web portal in fact demands. You will not have to pay a lot of money for an account you will not make use of, or end up with a small size plan that cannot host the website. We, at SWH - Sierra Web Hosting, offer a vast selection of hosting accounts suitable for private or small business websites that even offer pre-installed script-powered systems such as Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to make things simpler. If you start with a low-cost plan and you demand more functionalities, moving to a more powerful package demands only a mouse click.
Shared website hosting - Inconveniences
A negative side of the shared web hosting platform is that the servers have some software installed on them and you are unable to install additional software applications. Specific web sites, mainly online shops, need software applications to be installed on the web hosting server for them to operate, and with a shared website hosting plan, you can activate only software platforms that do not require complete root access.
Virtual Private Web Hosting Servers and Dedicated Servers
For online portals that need root access, or if your online portal has many thousands or even millions of daily hits, what you need is a VPS or a dedicated server. A virtual private hosting server is a software imitation of a dedicated machine and it performs in strictly the same way.
VPS Web Servers
Both environments usually give full root-level access and can be restarted through a software platform by the client, independently from the hosting supplier. Akin to the shared web hosting packages, the VPS and the dedicated server packages contain different specs depending on what the web hosting provider has to offer. A private virtual server web hosting package contains guaranteed data space, random access memory and CPU quotas that can sometimes be enlarged for brief intervals of time in case there are available system resources on the physical machine. With a dedicated web server, the only limitation is the hardware it is making use of, and it can be revved up by changing or appending components. A VPS web hosting server is simpler to handle as it comprises a virtualization platform, which can be used to reboot it, to install software applications, check statistics, and so on. The management of a dedicated server is more complex, so such an account would rather be used by trained customers.
Dedicated Web Servers
Nevertheless, some web hosting providers provide managed dedicated web hosting services where they execute hosting server administration tasks on behalf of the client. This can be included in the plan or an additional service.
Prior To Deciding...
Selecting the top hosting package is important as it can influence the stable operation of a web portal. Before settling on a plan, weigh the pros and cons, explore completely all the prerequisites for the web portal to run properly, particularly 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 give us a call - our sales reps will be glad to assist you and answer all your questions.