There are various varieties of hosting packages suitable for different web portals when it comes to the resources or the hosting platform they require. To select the most suitable hosting service for your online portal, you need to reckon what server-side software programs it demands, how many daily hits you anticipate at the start and in the future, as well as any other special requirements that may have to be covered.
Shared Website Hosting - Positive Aspects
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The most relevant choice for small size online portals with several hundred or several thousand viewers is a shared hosting package. With this type of website hosting, each user pays only for their plan, which minimizes the total price per individual considerably. There are different web hosting accounts differing from one web host to another, providing different quotas of hard disk storage space and web traffic, different email quotas and so on. The privilege is that you can buy an account that will offer the specs your web site indeed requires. You will not have to pay lots of money for a plan you will not use, or end up with a small size account that cannot shelter the site. We, at MTWS, offer a big collection of hosting solutions appropriate for personal or small business sites that even come with pre-activated script-driven systems such as Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to render it easier. If you kick off with a low-end account and you demand more features, upgrading to a more advanced package takes just a mouse click.
Shared website hosting - Disadvantages
A shortcoming of the shared web hosting solution is that the servers have some software applications installed on them and you are unable to activate new software programs. Given online portals, mainly online storefronts, request software applications to be installed on the web hosting server for them to work, and with a shared web hosting environment, you can install only software platforms that do not request full root-level access.
Virtual Servers and Dedicated Servers
For web pages that need full root-level access, or if your web 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 imitation of a dedicated machine and it functions in a strictly identical way.
Private Virtual Servers
Both platforms usually include full root-level access and can be restarted through a software platform by the customer, autonomously from the hosting provider. Similar to the shared web hosting plans, the VPS and the dedicated web hosting server accounts contain different specifications depending on what the hosting company has to offer. A VPS hosting server plan includes guaranteed data storage, RAM and CPU quotas that can occasionally be enhanced for brief intervals of time provided that there are spare resources on the physical server. With a dedicated web server, the only limitation is the hardware architecture it is availing of, and it can be upgraded by changing or appending components. A virtual server is simpler to tackle as it comes with a virtualization console, which can be used to restart it, to install software applications, monitor statistics, etc. The administration of a dedicated server is more intricate, so such a solution would rather be utilized by proficient users.
Dedicated Web Servers
Nevertheless, some web hosting companies offer managed dedicated server hosting solutions where they execute dedicated server administration operations instead of the customer. This can be a part of plan or an additional feature.
Prior To Choosing...
Opting for the top hosting package is important as it can have an influence on the proper functioning of a web portal. Before settling on a package, compare the pros and cons, study carefully all the requirements for the web portal to perform 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 give us a call - our sales reps will be happy to assist you and answer all your questions.