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There are different kinds of hosting packages suitable for different web portals in terms of the system resources or the hosting platform they require. To select the most adequate hosting service for your online portal, you need to evaluate what server-side software programs it demands, how many visits per day you anticipate at the beginning and in the future, as well as any other special demands that may have to be met.

Shared Website Hosting - Positive Signs

The most adequate alternative for small scale web pages with several hundred or several thousand visitors is a shared hosting account. With this form of web site hosting, each client pays only for their account, which decreases the total cost per individual considerably. There are various web hosting plans differing from one hosting company to another, furnishing different quotas of data storage space and web traffic, different e-mail quotas and so on. The advantage is that you can pay for an account that will provide the specifications your web page in fact requires. You will not have to pay a lot of money for a package you will not utilize, or end up with a small scale plan that cannot accommodate the website. We, at icanhosting, offer a big choice of hosting plans appropriate for personal or small business web pages that even include pre-activated script-based systems such as Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to make it easier. If you kick off with a cheaper package and you demand more resources, moving to a high-end plan involves just a mouse click.

Shared web hosting - Negative Signs

A weakness of the shared website hosting environment is that the servers have some software applications installed on them and you are unable to activate additional software platforms. Certain online portals, particularly online shops, require software applications to be installed on the server for them to work, and with a shared web hosting package, you can install solely software that does not request server root access.

Virtual Private Web Servers and Dedicated Web Hosting Servers

For portals that request complete root access, or if your website has many 1000's or even 1 000 000's of daily hits, what you need is a VPS or a dedicated server. A VPS server is a software simulation of a dedicated hosting server and it operates in a strictly identical way.

Virtual Private Servers

Both environments commonly give full root privileges and can be restarted via a software tool by the client, autonomously from the hosting company. Akin to the shared web hosting plans, the VPS and the dedicated web server plans comprise different specs depending on what the hosting company offers. A VPS package contains guaranteed disk space, RAM and CPU quotas that can occasionally be enhanced for brief intervals of time on condition that there are unused resources on the physical machine. With a dedicated web hosting server, the only limit is the hardware architecture it is utilizing, and it can be configured by changing or adding components. A Virtual Private Server is simpler to tackle as it comes with a virtualization platform, which can be utilized to restart it, to install applications, monitor stats, and so on. The administration of a dedicated web server is more elaborate, so such an account would rather be resorted to by tech-savvy clients.

Dedicated Servers

However, certain web hosting companies offer managed dedicated hosting solutions where they perform dedicated hosting server administration procedures on behalf of the customer. This can be included in the plan or an additional feature.

Before You Choose...

Picking the top hosting plan is vital as it can affect the stable performance of a site. Before choosing a plan, weigh the pros and cons, inspect carefully all the prerequisites for the online portal to operate 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 give us a call - our sales representatives will be glad to help you and answer all your questions.