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There are various kinds of hosting accounts appropriate for different web pages in relation to the resources or the hosting platform they need. To pick the most adequate hosting service for your online portal, you need to reckon what server-side software it demands, how many visits per day you expect at the start and in the future, as well as any other specific demands that may have to be fulfilled.
Shared Hosting - Good Points
The most adequate alternative for small sized web sites with a few hundred or several thousand visitors is a shared hosting plan. With this type of site hosting, each customer pays only for their plan, which minimizes the overall price per individual drastically. There are different web hosting accounts differing from one company to another, offering different quotas of disk storage space and monthly traffic, different mail account quotas and so on. The plus is that you can obtain a plan that will include the specs your web portal really needs. You will not have to pay lots of money for an account you will not avail of, or end up with a small scale account that cannot shelter the online portal. We, at Tugoats, offer a huge variety of hosting plans suitable for private or small business web portals that even include pre-installed script-driven systems such as Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to render it easier. If you commence with a low priced package and you need more resources, moving to a more advanced package requires only a click of the mouse.
Shared website hosting - Shortcomings
A disadvantage of the shared web hosting platform is that the hosting servers have some software applications installed on them and you are unable to install additional software. Certain websites, above all online shops, demand applications to be present on the web server for them to perform, and with a shared web hosting environment, you can activate only software that does not demand root-level access.
Private Virtual Web Servers and Dedicated Hosting Servers
For web pages that request complete root-level access, or if your web page has many thousands or even millions of visits per day, what you require is a VPS or a dedicated server. A virtual web hosting server is a virtual imitation of a dedicated web hosting server and it works in an exactly identical manner.
Both solutions typically include server root access and can be rebooted via a software interface by the customer, autonomously from the hosting company. Much like the shared website hosting packages, the VPS and the dedicated server packages have diverse characteristics depending on what the hosting vendor offers. A virtual private web hosting server account includes guaranteed disk storage, random access memory and CPU usage quotas that can sometimes be enhanced for short stretches of time provided that there are unused resources on the physical machine. With a dedicated hosting server, the only limit is the hardware equipment it is using, and it can be configured by changing or adding components. A VPS server is simpler to handle as it involves a virtualization tool, which can be used to restart it, to install applications, explore statistics, and so on. The management of a dedicated server is more complicated, so such a plan would rather be resorted to by experienced customers.
Dedicated Web Hosting Servers
Yet, certain companies provide managed dedicated web hosting solutions where they carry out dedicated hosting server administration procedures instead of the client. This can be included in the package or an extra upgrade.
Before You Select...
Choosing the top hosting plan is essential as it can have an influence on the proper operation of a website. Before opting for an account, compare the pros and cons, explore carefully all the prerequisites for the site to operate properly, particularly if it is script-powered. And if you are still not sure which is the best hosting service for you, check with our live chat operators or give us a call - our sales reps will be happy to help you and answer all your questions.