There are different kinds of hosting accounts suitable for different web sites when it comes to the resources or the hosting platform they require. To pick the most adequate hosting service for your web site, you have to reckon what server-side software programs it demands, how many visits per day you expect at the beginning and in the future, as well as any other special requirements that may have to be covered.
Shared Website Hosting - Upsides
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The best option for small scale websites with a few hundred or several thousand viewers is a shared hosting plan. With this type of site hosting, each user pays only for their account, which decreases the total price per client seriously. There are different web hosting packages varying from one hosting company to another, providing different quotas of data space and monthly bandwidth, different mail address account quotas and so on. The benefit is that you can order an account that will include the specifications your online portal in fact requires. You will not have to pay a lot for an account you will not utilize, or end up with a small package that cannot accommodate the web site. We, at The Duck Host, offer a large collection of hosting accounts suitable for personal or small business portals that even offer pre-installed script-powered systems like Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to make things simpler. If you begin with a basic account and you need more features, upgrading to a more feature-rich package demands just a click.
Shared web hosting - Negative Points
A negative side of the shared web hosting solution is that the web servers have some software applications installed on them and you cannot install additional software platforms. Some web portals, mainly online shops, require applications to be installed on the web hosting server for them to operate, and with a shared hosting environment, you can activate only software programs that do not need root-level access.
Virtual Web Servers and Dedicated Web Servers
For web sites that need full server root access, or if your website has many thousands or even 1 000 000's of daily visitors, what you require is a VPS or a dedicated server. A virtual hosting server is a software simulation of a dedicated hosting server and it behaves in absolutely the same manner.
Both solutions commonly give root privileges and can be rebooted through a software tool by the client, independently from the web hosting provider. Much like the shared website hosting packages, the VPS and the dedicated web hosting plans come with diverse specifications depending on what the web hosting company has to offer. A Virtual Private Server package offers guaranteed disk space, random access memory and CPU quotas that can sometimes be extended for brief stretches of time if there are unused resources on the physical server. With a dedicated web hosting server, the only limitation is the hardware equipment it is utilizing, and it can be upgraded by altering or adding components. A private virtual hosting server is simpler to manipulate as it offers virtualization software, which can be used to restart it, to install software applications, examine statistics, etc. The management of a dedicated server is more complicated, so such a plan would rather be used by skilled customers.
Dedicated Web Hosting Servers
Yet, certain hosting companies provide managed dedicated hosting solutions where they complete server administration tasks instead of the customer. This can be a part of plan or an extra option.
Before You Opt...
Selecting the top hosting plan is important as it can have an effect on the proper work of a online portal. Prior to settling on a package, compare the pros and cons, examine thoroughly all the preconditions for the web portal to work properly, especially if it is script-driven. And if you are still not sure which one is the best hosting service for you, consult with our live chat operators or call us - our sales reps will be glad to help you and answer all your questions.