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Which web hosting service will serve me best?

There are different types of web hosting solutions suitable for different websites in relation to the resources or the hosting environment they require. To select the most proper hosting service for your web portal, you have to judge what server-side software programs it demands, how many daily hits you expect at the beginning and in the future, as well as any other special needs that may need to be met.

Shared Site Hosting - Pluses

The most adequate alternative for small sized sites with a few hundred or site hosting, each user pays only for their account, which reduces the total price per user significantly. There are different web hosting accounts differing from one host to another, supplying different amounts of hard disk space and monthly bandwidth, different email quotas and so on. The advantage is that you can get an account that will provide the resources your web site actually requires. You will not need to pay a lot for a plan you will not utilize, or end up with a small package that cannot shelter the site. At T-HORIZON, there is a vast collection of shared hosting accounts appropriate for personal or small business portals that even come with pre-installed script-based platforms such as Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to make it easier. If you commence with a cheaper package and you require more functionalities, moving to a more advanced package requires only a mouse click.

Shared Web Hosting - Weaknesses

A shortcoming of the shared web page hosting solution is that the web servers have some software platforms installed on them and you cannot install new software applications. Certain web portals, above all web shops, demand software applications to be activated on the web server for them to perform, and with a shared website hosting solution, you can activate only software applications that do not need root access.

Private Virtual Hosting Servers and Dedicated Web Hosting Servers

For websites that demand root access, or if your web site has many 1000's or even millions of daily visitors, what you demand is a VPS or a dedicated server. A virtual web server is a virtual emulation of a dedicated machine and it operates in strictly the same manner.

Private Virtual Hosting Servers

Both services usually give complete server root access and can be restarted through a software tool by the client, independently from the hosting provider. Just like the shared web hosting packages, the virtual private hosting server and the dedicated web server hosting plans have different functionalities based on what the web hosting provider offers. A VPS web hosting server account contains guaranteed disk storage, random access memory and CPU quotas that can occasionally be expanded for short intervals of time provided that there are free resources on the physical server. With a dedicated server, the only limitation is the hardware equipment it is availing of, and it can be revamped by changing or adding components. A virtual private hosting server is simpler to manage as it includes a virtualization tool, which can be used to restart it, to install software applications, explore statistics, etc. The administration of a dedicated web hosting server is more elaborate, so such a solution would rather be used by competent users.

Dedicated Web Servers

Still, certain providers offer managed dedicated server web hosting solutions where they perform dedicated web hosting server administration operations on behalf of the client. This can be included in the package or an extra service.

Prior To Deciding...

Selecting the top hosting package is essential as it can affect the proper work of a site. Before selecting a plan, compare the pros and cons, appraise carefully all the preconditions for the web portal to run properly, especially if it is script-driven, and, one more thing, if you have already selected a provider, the best you could do would be to ask their support staff for an opinion as to which package exactly would be best for the proper functioning of your web page.