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There are various varieties of hosting accounts appropriate for different sites in regard to the resources or the hosting platform they demand. To pick the most optimal hosting service for your web portal, you have to judge what server-side software applications it demands, how many daily visits you expect at the start and in the long run, as well as any other special demands that may have to be satisfied.

Shared web hosting - Pluses

The most adequate choice for small scale sites with a few hundred or a few thousand viewers is a shared hosting account. With this form of website hosting, each user pays only for their plan, which reduces the total cost per individual substantially. There are different web hosting solutions varying from one hosting supplier to another, offering different amounts of web space and monthly bandwidth, different e-mailbox account quotas and so on. The good point is that you can obtain a plan that will provide the specs your website indeed demands. You will not need to pay a lot for a package you will not make use of, or wind up with a small size account that cannot shelter the web page. We, at Web Hosting For Life, offer an immense collection of hosting accounts suitable for personal or small business web pages that even include pre-activated script-driven systems like Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to make it easier. If you start with a cheaper plan and you demand more features, moving to a high-end account takes just a click of the mouse.

Shared Hosting - Weak Sides

A disadvantage of the shared website hosting solution is that the web servers have some software platforms installed on them and you cannot activate new software. Given web sites, especially web stores, require software applications to be present on the hosting server for them to function, and with a shared website hosting platform, you can install only software that does not request complete root access.

Virtual Private Servers and Dedicated Web Servers

For web sites that demand root-level access, or if your web site has many thousands or even 1 000 000's of daily viewers, what you need is a VPS or a dedicated package. A Virtual Private Server is a software imitation of a dedicated machine and it runs in precisely the same way.

VPS Web Hosting Servers

Both platforms generally come with root privileges and can be rebooted through a software tool by the user, independently from the web hosting company. Similar to the shared web hosting plans, the VPS and the dedicated hosting server plans involve diverse features depending on what the hosting company offers. A virtual web hosting server package has guaranteed hard disk space, random access memory and CPU quotas that can sometimes be expanded for brief spells of time in case there are unused resources on the physical server. With a dedicated web server, the only limit is the hardware configuration it is making use of, and it can be revved up by changing or adding components. A virtual server is simpler to manage as it offers a virtualization console, which can be utilized to restart it, to install applications, check stats, etc. The administration of a dedicated web server is more complicated, so such a plan would rather be resorted to by proficient customers.

Dedicated Hosting Servers

Yet, some companies provide managed dedicated server web hosting services where they execute web server administration tasks on behalf of the client. This can be a part of package or an extra feature.

Before You Opt...

Selecting the top hosting package is vital as it can influence the stable functioning of a web page. Prior to selecting an account, weigh the pros and cons, explore completely all the prerequisites for the site to work properly, especially if it is script-driven. And if you are still in doubt which one is the best hosting service for you, check with our live chat operators or call us - our sales reps will be glad to assist you and answer all your questions.