There are different types of hosting solutions suitable for different web sites in terms of the system resources or the hosting environment they require. To select the most appropriate hosting service for your web portal, you need to reckon what server-side software it needs, how many hits per day you expect at the beginning and in the long run, as well as any other specific demands that may need to be answered.
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The most adequate option for small online portals with a few hundred or several thousand visitors is a shared hosting account. With this type of web hosting, each user pays only for their account, which diminishes the overall cost per client substantially. There are various web hosting plans varying from one web hosting company to another, providing different amounts of hard disk space and monthly traffic, different email quotas and so on. The privilege is that you can order a package that will offer the resources your website really demands. You will not need to pay a lot of cash for an account you will not make use of, or wind up with a small sized plan that cannot host the web portal. We, at Rapid Website Hosting, offer an immense collection of hosting packages suitable for private or small business portals that even provide pre-activated script-based systems like Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to make things easier. If you start with a low priced plan and you need more functionalities, moving to a more feature-rich plan takes just a click.
Shared Hosting - Minuses
A weak side of the shared web hosting solution is that the hosting servers have some software platforms installed on them and you are unable to install additional software programs. Given online portals, chiefly online storefronts, need applications to be installed on the web server for them to operate, and with a shared web hosting package, you can activate only software programs that do not need root-level access.
Virtual Web Hosting Servers and Dedicated Servers
For online portals that require full root access, or if your portal has many 1000's or even 1 000 000's of hits per day, what you require is a VPS or a dedicated server. A private virtual web server is a virtual emulation of a dedicated web hosting server and it acts in a strictly identical way.
Virtual Hosting Servers
Both solutions usually provide server root access and can be restarted through a software interface by the client, autonomously from the hosting provider. Similar to the shared website hosting packages, the VPS and the dedicated hosting server packages sport different functionalities based on what the hosting company offers. A VPS server account contains guaranteed storage space, RAM and central processing unit usage quotas that can sometimes be increased for brief intervals of time in case there are unused resources on the physical server. With a dedicated web hosting server, the only limit is the hardware architecture it is availing of, and it can be revamped by altering or adding components. A private virtual server is simpler to manage as it comes with a virtualization platform, which can be used to reboot it, to install software applications, examine stats, and so on. The administration of a dedicated web server is more intricate, so such a plan would rather be used by proficient users.
Dedicated Web Servers
Nevertheless, certain web hosting vendors offer managed dedicated web server hosting services where they perform dedicated web hosting server administration procedures on behalf of the customer. This can be included in the plan or an additional service.
Before You Reach a Decision...
Picking the top hosting plan is crucial as it can have an influence on the proper work of a web site. Before selecting a plan, compare the pros and cons, examine completely all the requirements for the web page to function properly, especially if it is script-driven. And if you are still in doubt which one is the best hosting service for you, check with our live chat operators or give us a call - our sales representatives will be happy to help you and answer all your questions.