Which hosting solution will suit me best?
There are different sorts of web hosting plans appropriate for different web sites in terms of the system resources or the hosting platform they need. To select the most appropriate hosting service for your site, you need to reckon what server-side software programs it demands, how many daily hits you anticipate at the beginning and in the future, as well as any other specific needs that may have to be met.
Shared Hosting - Strong Points
The most relevant option for small sites with several hundred or webspace hosting, each user pays only for their account, which reduces the total price per customer seriously. There are different web hosting packages differing from one web hosting vendor to another, providing different quotas of disk storage space and monthly bandwidth, different e-mail box account quotas and so on. The privilege is that you can pay for an account that will provide the resources your web portal in fact demands. You will not have to pay lots of money for an account you will not utilize, or wind up with a small size account that cannot shelter the online portal. At HD Web Hosting, there is a big assortment of shared hosting packages suitable for private or small business web pages that even come with pre-activated script-based platforms like Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to make it easier. If you start with a low priced package and you demand more resources, moving to a better account demands only a mouse click.
Shared Hosting - Inconveniences
A drawback of the shared web site hosting environment is that the web servers have some software programs installed on them and you are unable to activate additional software applications. Specific online portals, above all online storefronts, require software applications to be present on the hosting server for them to operate, and with a shared webspace hosting plan, you can activate solely software programs that do not require server root access.
Virtual Private Web Servers and Dedicated Servers
For sites that request complete root access, or if your site has many thousands or even millions of daily visitors, what you need is a VPS or a dedicated server. A virtual web hosting server is a software simulation of a dedicated server and it operates in a strictly identical way.
Both solutions generally include complete server root access and can be rebooted via a software interface by the user, independently from the hosting company. Much like the shared webspace hosting packages, the private virtual server hosting and the dedicated server hosting packages include different functionalities depending on what the web hosting provider has to offer. A VPS package includes guaranteed disk storage, random access memory and CPU usage quotas that can at times be expanded for short spans of time if there are unused system resources on the physical server. With a dedicated hosting server, the only limitation is the hardware it is using, and it can be revved up by changing or appending components. A virtual private web server is simpler to manipulate as it offers virtualization software, which can be used to reboot it, to install software applications, monitor stats, and so on. The administration of a dedicated server is more intricate, so such a package would rather be resorted to by tech-savvy customers.
Dedicated Web Hosting Servers
However, certain companies provide managed dedicated hosting solutions where they implement dedicated web server administration operations on behalf of the client. This can be a part of package or an additional service.
Prior To Reaching a Decision...
Settling on the top hosting package is vital as it can affect the stable work of a web site. Prior to choosing a package, weigh the pros and cons, check thoroughly all the preconditions for the site to work properly, especially if it is script-based, and, one more thing, if you have already selected a web host, the best you could do would be to ask their client support team for a suggestion as to which particular package would be best for the stable work of your web portal.