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There are different varieties of hosting services suitable for different sites in terms of the system resources or the hosting platform they require. To pick the most proper hosting service for your online portal, you have to calculate what server-side software it needs, how many daily visits you anticipate at the start and in the long run, as well as any other specific requirements that may have to be fulfilled.

Shared web hosting - Perquisites

The most relevant alternative for small web sites with a few hundred or several thousand viewers is a shared hosting account. With this form of web hosting, each user pays only for their account, which lowers the overall cost per client considerably. There are diverse web hosting packages varying from one provider to another, delivering different amounts of disk space and bandwidth, different email address account quotas and so on. The benefit is that you can buy a plan that will offer the resources your website actually needs. You will not have to pay a lot for a package you will not use, or end up with a small scale plan that cannot host the web page. We, at icanhosting, offer a big assortment of hosting accounts suitable for private or small business web pages that even come with pre-activated script-driven systems such as Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to make it easier. If you commence with a low-end package and you require more functionalities, moving to a high-end plan takes only a click of the mouse.

Shared Web Hosting - Drawbacks

A negative aspect of the shared web hosting platform is that the servers have some software installed on them and you are unable to activate additional software platforms. Certain web pages, particularly online shops, request applications to be present on the server for them to run, and with a shared website hosting account, you can activate only software that does not require full root-level access.

Virtual Hosting Servers and Dedicated Hosting Servers

For web portals that demand full server root access, or if your website has many thousands or even millions of daily visits, what you need is a VPS or a dedicated server. A virtual server is a software imitation of a dedicated web server and it performs in a precisely identical manner.

Virtual Private Hosting Servers

Both platforms typically give full root-level access and can be rebooted through a software tool by the user, independently from the web hosting provider. Like the shared website hosting plans, the VPS and the dedicated web server hosting packages come with different specs based on what the web hosting company offers. A private virtual hosting server package has guaranteed server storage space, random access memory and CPU usage quotas that can sometimes be enhanced for short periods of time in case there are spare resources on the physical machine. With a dedicated web server, the only limiting factor is the hardware configuration it is utilizing, and it can be upgraded by changing or appending components. A virtual hosting server is simpler to administer as it ships with a virtualization platform, which can be utilized to reboot it, to install applications, monitor statistics, and so on. The administration of a dedicated hosting server is more elaborate, so such a plan would rather be used by qualified clients.

Dedicated Web Servers

Yet, given companies offer managed dedicated server hosting solutions where they run hosting server administration assignments instead of the customer. This can be included in the plan or an additional feature.

Prior To Choosing...

Picking the top hosting package is vital as it can have an effect on the proper performance of a web page. Prior to choosing a package, weigh the pros and cons, explore completely all the prerequisites for the web site 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 call us - our sales reps will be happy to assist you and answer all your questions.

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