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Types of Web Site Hosting

First of all we must determine the meaning of the word "hosting".

So,what is hosting?

Hosting origins from the word "host" which has different meanings thatare familiar to you. Hosting means providing place for your website onthe web hosting company's servers and makes it viewable in the Internetand floating it.

Why can you once need hosting?

Imagine that you have created a website and now you are wondering howyour friends and acquaintances can see it. You place it in yourpersonal computer, but then you come to know that it's dangerous foryour computer's safety and needs permanent Internet connection. So itcauses a lot of inconveniences for you. To avoid them there is web sitehosting.

There are different kinds of web site hosting. Let's have a good lookat them:

  • Shared or virtual hosting
  • Dedicated hosting/ server, Co-location
  • VDS/VPS ?Virtual Dedicated Server/Virtual PrivateServer
  • Before choosing some type of web hosting it's necessary to consider theway you are going to use it.

    Free Shared hosting

    If you want to host some non-profit-making or your personal web siteit'd be more profitable to use basic shared hosting for no fee. Thistype of web site hosting is a rather logical choice if you are a juniorin web site building or if you want to try some new idea and don't wantto pay. But of course you don't have to suppose it to grant your sitethe best conditions, such as proper bandwidth and disk space.

    Someother features can also be limited, I mean MySQL, PHP support. It oftenalso provides poor web statistics.

    Paid Shared hosting

    Almost all small businesses, intermediate and large professional sitesuse shared hosting, 'cause they don't need the whole server's space andbesides the whole server costs much. With shared/virtual hosting suchnecessary features, as multiply e-mail, MySQl, PHP, are supported. Themain disadvantage is decrease of your site's security.

    Dedicated hosting /Server

    This type of hosting is the best choice for those, who need muchstorage and bandwidth, and are good in server administration. You'll beable to use all necessary software, but if you don't have enoughknowledge to administrate your server it will be a little bit difficultfor you.


    It's a sub type of dedicated hosting and can be compared with your ownhouse which was built specially for you, with your favorite furnitureand all. It's built on your hoster's (ISP) ground. This service isimplied to fulfill only your tasks and is designed for your needsalone. And it's cost is correspondingly high.

    VDS/ VPS

    Virtual private server is a type of web site hosting that is based ondividing a physical server into several virtual ones. It costs lessthough gives same possibilities as Dedicated server. Now, when we'veexamined different types of hosting services, you can decide which typeof hosting is the most suitable for you.

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