There are various kinds of hosting services appropriate for different sites with regard to the resources or the hosting platform they require. To pick the most adequate hosting service for your web portal, you have to calculate what server-side software it requires, how many daily visits you expect at the beginning and in the future, as well as any other specific needs that may need to be answered.
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The most appropriate choice for small size online portals with a few hundred or a few thousand visitors is a shared hosting package. With this form of web hosting, each user pays only for their account, which decreases the total cost per individual significantly. There are diverse web hosting solutions varying from one company to another, delivering different quotas of disk storage space and bandwidth, different email box account quotas and so on. The advantage is that you can purchase a package that will include the specs your online portal really demands. You will not need to pay lots of cash for a plan you will not make use of, or wind up with a small plan that cannot host the site. We, at Tugoats, offer a wide variety of hosting accounts appropriate for personal or small business web sites that even provide pre-installed script-based systems like Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to make it simpler. If you start with a low grade package and you demand more functionalities, moving to a high-end package takes just a click.
Shared Hosting - Drawbacks
A downside of the shared hosting environment is that the web servers have some software programs installed on them and you are unable to activate new software platforms. Some online portals, mainly online shops, require software applications to be activated on the web server for them to function, and with a shared website hosting platform, you can install only software that does not request full root-level access.
Virtual Web Servers and Dedicated Servers
For online portals that demand full root access, or if your web page has many thousands or even millions of daily visitors, what you demand is a VPS or a dedicated server. A VPS server is a virtual emulation of a dedicated web server and it acts in exactly the same way.
Virtual Private Servers
Both services generally offer root-level access and can be rebooted through a software platform by the client, autonomously from the web hosting company. Just like the shared hosting packages, the VPS and the dedicated web hosting accounts include different specifications depending on what the web hosting company has to offer. A virtual hosting server account includes guaranteed disk space, RAM and CPU usage quotas that can at times be enlarged for brief intervals of time on condition that there are spare resources on the physical server. With a dedicated hosting server, the only limiting factor is the hardware it is availing of, and it can be configured by changing or adding components. A private virtual server is easier to administer as it comprises a virtualization console, which can be utilized to reboot it, to install software applications, examine stats, etc. The management of a dedicated server is more complicated, so such an account would rather be resorted to by proficient clients.
Nevertheless, given hosting corporations provide managed dedicated web server hosting services where they complete hosting server management operations instead of the customer. This can be included in the plan or an extra upgrade.
Before You Select...
Picking the top hosting package is important as it can influence the stable operation of a web page. Prior to opting for a plan, compare the pros and cons, examine thoroughly all the preconditions for the web portal to perform properly, particularly if it is script-powered. And if you are still in doubt which is the best hosting service for you, check with our live chat operators or call us - our sales reps will be happy to assist you and answer all your questions.