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How Hosting Functions

Hosting is a service that hosting vendors provide so that you can publish your website on the World Wide Web.

How can people spot your website?

When you build a site and you would like other individuals to visit it, you will need to publish (or upload) it to a web server. If you try to render the web site accessible online by hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it always up and running, which is why website hosting services came into existence.

How does hosting work?

Web hosting companies offer you storage space for your website on their high-powered computers (web servers) and guarantee continuous website availability. When someone types your domain name (for example www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's address bar, they will be connected to the hosting server where they can take a look at the content of your website.

Types of hosting

With the development of online technologies, several types of web hosting services have emerged to meet the various requirements of website owners, including shared web hosting services, VPS server hosting services and dedicated server web hosting services.

Shared website hosting

Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$6.67 / month
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$7.92 / month

Shared hosting is the most commonly used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where a single web hosting server is shared among numerous shared web hosting account owners who are restricted by the CPU, bandwidth and server disk drive storage space quotas that they have been allotted. This type of hosting is commonly cheaper - you don't have to buy the whole web server upfront, as it is divided among multiple web hosting users, and the web hosting provider can afford to offer much more reasonable prices. It is also much easier to use - the server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the web hosting supplier handles all server maintenance tasks and security updates on your behalf.

The setback of the shared hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's resources with other hosting account owners and if a given web site becomes really popular it may affect (and slow down) all the other web sites on that web hosting server, but the majority of hosting suppliers, including us at Greenolive Hosting Solutions, have protection systems in place that obstruct that from happening.

A description of a website hosting service

Since shared web hosting is the most commonly used type of web hosting, the majority of web hosting distributors and web hosting customers simply call it web hosting or website hosting. As there is an immense competition on the website hosting marketplace, the majority of web hosting service providers endeavor to offer cheap prices and gifts with their hosting services. We, for example, provide different hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and annual, depending on your funds. If you choose the yearly billing cycle, you will receive a bonus - one free-of-cost domain name registration.

VPS packages

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. If your website outgrows the resources offered by your shared website hosting account, a private virtual server plan is an excellent solution. VPS web hosting clients still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other virtual server web hosting account owners, but the disk drive space is split up using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own guaranteed resources and can be configured practically like a full-fledged dedicated server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a virtual server are not shared. What's more, the virtualization technology gives you much more freedom to configure your VPS web hosting server, but it also calls for a more advanced degree of technical competence.

Dedicated Package

With the Dedicated Package solution, the client gets an entire dedicated server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated hosting solution is the most robust of all website hosting solutions and offers tons of configuration options - the dedicated hosting clients can choose the hardware and software specifications that will fulfill their requirements. Dedicated system resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated web server hosting plan is a perfect option for a resource-consuming corporate site, for instance - you will not share the physical machine's system resources with anyone else and will be bestowed with full server root access. You will exercise full control over the hosting server, which will allow you to implement any configuration changes that you might require. The downside of the dedicated hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical proficiency is needed - unless you hire an IT pro, it will be your duty to administer and configure the dedicated server. The dedicated web server hosting solution is also far more high-priced, because the cost of the dedicated web hosting server isn't shared among any other users.

A hosting tip for novices

If you are just starting to create your web site and are seeking a hosting solution to start with, the shared website hosting solution remains the wisest option. If your site grows beyond your shared website hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely easy and does not involve migration of your website files, since only the parameters of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your web hosting package to a more advanced one at any particular time without worrying about the number of days remaining until expiration. Furthermore, if you finally reach the most powerful shared website hosting package and still need more resources (which is great sometimes - it signifies that your site's popularity has increased!), there always is the option to migrate to a VPS web hosting server or a dedicated server web hosting platform without having to switch hosting service providers.