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There are different kinds of hosting plans appropriate for different web sites in terms of the system resources or the hosting platform they require. To pick the most adequate hosting service for your online portal, you need to estimate what server-side software applications it needs, how many hits per day you expect at the start and in the future, as well as any other specific needs that may have to be answered.

Shared web hosting - Pluses

The most optimal alternative for small online portals with several hundred or several thousand visitors is a shared hosting plan. With this type of web hosting, each client pays only for their account, which decreases the total cost per client substantially. There are various web hosting plans differing from one web hosting provider to another, offering different amounts of hard disk storage space and traffic, different e-mailbox account quotas and so on. The benefit is that you can order a package that will offer the features your website actually demands. You will not need to pay plenty of cash for a plan you will not use, or wind up with a small scale plan that cannot host the site. We, at Small Business Digital Toolkit, offer an extensive variety of hosting packages suitable for private or small business web sites that even include pre-activated script-driven systems such as Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to make things simpler. If you kick off with a low grade account and you demand more functionalities, moving to a more powerful account involves just a click of the mouse.

Shared web hosting - Drawbacks

A disadvantage of the shared web hosting solution is that the web hosting servers have some software applications installed on them and you are unable to activate additional software programs. Specific sites, above all web stores, require applications to be present on the server for them to operate, and with a shared web hosting plan, you can install solely software that does not request full server root access.

Virtual Web Servers and Dedicated Web Servers

For web pages that request server root access, or if your online portal has many thousands or even millions of visitors per day, what you need is a VPS or a dedicated server. A VPS server is a software imitation of a dedicated web server and it functions in a precisely identical manner.

Virtual Web Hosting Servers

Both platforms typically offer full root-level access and can be restarted via a software platform by the customer, independently from the web hosting provider. Like the shared web hosting packages, the VPS and the dedicated web server hosting plans include diverse functionalities based on what the web hosting supplier has to offer. A VPS hosting server plan includes guaranteed hard disk space, random access memory and central processing unit usage quotas that can sometimes be increased for brief intervals of time if there are spare system resources on the physical machine. With a dedicated web hosting server, the only limit is the hardware equipment it is making use of, and it can be upgraded by altering or adding components. A VPS is simpler to tackle as it ships with a virtualization software platform, which can be utilized to reboot it, to install applications, monitor statistics, etc. The administration of a dedicated web server is more intricate, so such a plan would rather be used by trained clients.

Dedicated Web Hosting Servers

However, certain web hosting companies provide managed dedicated web server hosting services where they perform dedicated server administration operations on behalf of the customer. This can be included in the plan or an additional feature.

Prior To Electing...

Opting for the top hosting package is crucial as it can have an effect on the stable work of a website. Before settling on a plan, compare the pros and cons, examine completely all the requirements for the website to run properly, especially if it is script-powered. And if you are still unsure which is the best hosting service for you, consult with our live chat operators or call us - our sales representatives will be happy to help you and answer all your questions.