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There are various sorts of shared hosting services suitable for different sites when it comes to the system resources or the shared hosting environment they demand. To choose the most relevant shared hosting service for your site, you have to reckon what server-side software programs it demands, how many visits per day you expect at the beginning and in the future, as well as any other special demands that may have to be met.
Shared web hosting - Positive Sides
The most optimal option for small size online portals with several hundred or a few thousand visitors is a shared hosting package. With this type of website hosting, each client pays only for their plan, which diminishes the total price per user critically. There are various web hosting solutions varying from one hosting provider to another, delivering different quotas of web storage space and traffic, different e-mail account quotas and so on. The privilege is that you can order an account that will offer the resources your website indeed needs. You will not need to pay a lot for an account you will not use, or end up with a small sized account that cannot shelter the site. We, at Asterhost.com, offer a large selection of shared 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 make it easier. If you begin with a cheaper account and you need more resources, moving to a better account demands just a click.
Shared web hosting - Negative Points
A negative side of the shared web hosting environment is that the servers have some software installed on them and you cannot install additional software platforms. Given web pages, particularly online stores, request software applications to be activated on the web server for them to perform, and with a shared website hosting solution, you can activate solely software applications that do not request full server root access.
Virtual Private Web Hosting Servers and Dedicated Web Hosting Servers
For portals that require complete root access, or if your web page has many 1000's or even 1 000 000's of visits per day, what you demand is a virtual private servers or a dedicated server. A VPS web hosting server is a virtual simulation of a dedicated machine and it functions in exactly the same way.
Virtual Hosting Servers
Both platforms normally provide full server root access and can be rebooted through a software platform by the user, autonomously from the web hosting supplier. Akin to the shared web hosting plans, the virtual private servers and the dedicated server plans contain different features depending on what the hosting provider offers. A virtual server plan has guaranteed server storage space, random access memory and CPU usage quotas that can occasionally be enlarged for brief spells of time if there are free resources on the physical machine. With a dedicated server, the only limit is the hardware equipment it is making use of, and it can be revamped by changing or adding components. A virtual web server is simpler to manage as it comes with a virtualization tool, which can be utilized to reboot it, to install software applications, examine stats, etc. The management of a dedicated hosting server is more complex, so such a package would rather be used by proficient users.
Dedicated Web Servers
Nevertheless, given hosting corporations provide managed dedicated server hosting solutions where they complete web hosting server administration operations instead of the client. This can be included in the plan or an extra feature.
Before You Decide...
Choosing the top hosting plan is essential as it can have an effect on the proper work of a online portal. Prior to opting for a plan, compare the pros and cons, explore thoroughly all the preconditions for the site to operate properly, particularly if it is script-powered. And if you are still unsure which one is the best shared hosting service for you, consult with our live chat operators or give us a call - our sales reps will be glad to assist you and answer all your questions.