There are various sorts of hosting plans appropriate for different sites in relation to the system resources or the hosting environment they need. To choose the most proper hosting service for your web site, you must estimate what server-side software it requires, how many daily visits you anticipate at the beginning and in the long run, as well as any other special demands that may have to be answered.
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The most proper choice for small sites with a few hundred or several thousand viewers is a shared hosting solution. With this type of site hosting, each user pays only for their plan, which minimizes the total price per user considerably. There are diverse web hosting solutions varying from one web host to another, delivering different quotas of web space and bandwidth, different e-mail quotas and so on. The good point is that you can obtain a plan that will have the specs your online portal in fact requires. You will not have to pay a lot of money for an account you will not make use of, or end up with a small sized plan that cannot host the site. We, at Continental Network, offer a large array of hosting packages suitable for private or small business pages that even include pre-installed script-powered systems such as Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to make things easier. If you kick off with a low priced package and you demand more features, moving to a more advanced plan takes just a click of the mouse.
Shared Website Hosting - Negative Sides
A negative side of the shared web hosting solution is that the web hosting servers have some software installed on them and you are unable to install additional software programs. Some websites, mainly web shops, need applications to be available on the hosting server for them to function, and with a shared web hosting environment, you can install only software programs that do not demand server root access.
Private Virtual Hosting Servers and Dedicated Web Hosting Servers
For web pages that request full root-level access, or if your online portal has many 1000's or even 1 000 000's of daily visitors, what you need is a VPS or a dedicated server. A VPS server is a virtual imitation of a dedicated web server and it acts in an absolutely identical manner.
Both platforms typically include full root privileges and can be rebooted through a software tool by the customer, independently from the hosting company. Akin to the shared website hosting accounts, the VPS and the dedicated server hosting plans include different specs based on what the hosting vendor has to offer. A VPS server hosting account includes guaranteed storage space, RAM and central processing unit usage quotas that can occasionally be enlarged for short intervals of time in case there are spare system resources on the physical server. With a dedicated hosting server, the only limitation is the hardware configuration it is making use of, and it can be upgraded by changing or adding components. A virtual private web server is easier to manage as it includes a virtualization panel, which can be used to reboot it, to install applications, explore statistics, etc. The management of a dedicated hosting server is more elaborate, so such a package would rather be used by proficient customers.
Dedicated Web Hosting Servers
Still, certain hosting firms provide managed dedicated web server hosting solutions where they execute dedicated web server administration operations on behalf of the customer. This can be a part of package or an additional option.
Prior To Reaching a Decision...
Selecting the top hosting plan is important as it can influence the stable work of a site. Prior to settling on a package, compare the pros and cons, check thoroughly all the requirements for the site to run properly, especially if it is script-driven. 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 representatives will be happy to assist you and answer all your questions.