Hosting Plans Explanation
Hosting is a service that hosting service providers offer so that you can publish your website on the World Wide Web.
How can people open your web site?
When you set up a website and you would like other persons to observe it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you attempt to render the website reachable on the Internet by hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it up and running all the time, which is why hosting services came into being.
How does hosting work?
Hosting companies offer you disk drive storage space for your site on their high-end computers (servers) and guarantee constant website accessibility. When somebody writes your domain name (for instance www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's address bar, they will be connected to the web server where they can take a glance at the content of your web site.
Web hosting types
With the advance of web technologies, several types of web hosting services have come into being to fulfill the different expectations of website possessors, among them shared web hosting services, VPS web server hosting services and dedicated server web hosting services.
Shared website hosting
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
Shared website hosting is the most commonly used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where one single server is shared among a lot of web hosting account owners who are restricted by the CPU, web traffic and web server hard drive storage space quotas that they have been allotted. This type of web hosting is typically less expensive - you don't have to purchase the entire server upfront, as it is divided between a lot of hosting account owners, and the web hosting services provider can afford to provide much more affordable prices. It is also easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the web hosting distributor handles all server maintenance procedures and software updates for you.
The negative side of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the server's resources with other hosting clients and if a given web site becomes very busy it may affect (and slow down) all the other sites on that web server, but most hosting distributors, including us at Republik Murah, have security systems in place that impede that from occurring.
A description of a hosting service
Because shared website hosting is the most popular type of web hosting, most web hosting providers and hosting users simply refer to it as web hosting or website hosting. As there is a huge competition on the website hosting market, most web hosting service providers strive to provide low prices and gifts with their web hosting services. We, for example, provide different web hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your resources. If you select the yearly invoicing cycle, you will get a gift - one charge-free domain registration.
VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated server hosting solution. If your website outgrows the resources offered by your shared website hosting package, a VPS server is an appropriate solution. VPS web server hosting clients still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other VPS web server hosting clients, but the hard drive space is split up using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own guaranteed system resources and can be configured practically like a real dedicated web hosting server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a virtual web hosting server are not shared. Furthermore, the virtualization technology offers you much more freedom to configure your server, but it also presupposes a more advanced level of technical knowledge.
With the Dedicated Server solution, the client gets a whole dedicated server and can use all its resources. The dedicated hosting solution is the most reliable of all hosting solutions and offers a multitude of configuration possibilities - the dedicated web server hosting clients can pick the hardware and software specifications that will fulfill their requirements. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated web server hosting package is an excellent solution for a data-heavy business website, for example - you will not share the dedicated hosting server's resources with anyone else and will obtain complete root-level access. You will have full control over the web server, which will enable you to implement any configuration changes that you might need. The setback of the dedicated hosting solution is that a higher degree of technical competence is required - unless you hire an IT expert, it will be your duty to manage and configure the physical server. The dedicated web server hosting solution also costs far more, because the cost of the dedicated server isn't shared between any other customers.
A website hosting tip for novices
If you are just starting to build your site and need a hosting solution to begin with, the shared website hosting solution remains the wisest choice. If your web site outgrows your shared website hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for instance, this is very easy and does not necessitate migration of your web site files, because only the features of your web hosting account change. You can also upgrade your hosting plan to a more advanced one at any particular time without having to worry about the time remaining before the expiration date. Besides, if you finally reach the most powerful shared website hosting package and still need more resources (which is great sometimes - it suggests that your website's popularity has increased!), there always is the option to move to a virtual private web server or a dedicated web server hosting platform without needing to switch web hosting service providers.