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Definition of Website Hosting

Website hosting is a type of online service that permits persons and organizations to make their web sites reachable on the Internet. Hosting service providers are firms that offer content storage space on a hosting server located in a datacenter and guarantee uninterrupted Internet connectivity.

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The Internet has become a crucial part of every individual's everyday routine. It offers you the possibility to gain additional profit, but can also be a major source of revenue. In order to place commercials on your site or to publicize a product or a service that you offer, you invariably need a hosting solution, which will guarantee that your web site is secure and continually available. But how do you discover one that is moderately priced and yet dependable enough?

The shared hosting platform

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The solution hosting distributors have introduced is called shared hosting. With the shared web hosting solution, lots of customers are hosted on one and the same web hosting server. There are austere limits on the resources that each shared web hosting account can actually use, thus making certain that they do not interfere with each other. The shared hosting solution offers good performance and is less expensive than, let's say, a dedicated web server, which is used by just one single individual. The shared hosting solution allows website hosting service providers to offer their clients inexpensive prices. It typically comes with easy-to-use web hosting Control Panel software, as is the case with the server that we at iNet Africa provide, and lets everyone administer their websites without worrying about server setup and maintenance procedures, which are handled solely by the hosting services provider.

VPS web hosting

With the VPS web hosting solution, on the other hand, you share a physical server with other VPS hosting server users, but you are allotted a dedicated share of the resources. The VPS server solution is the middle ground between the much less expensive shared hosting solution and the more high-priced dedicated server hosting solution, and is a very suitable solution for anyone who wishes to set up, for instance, a live streaming website or a community web site. The fact that you need to deal with the server configuration settings and software updates yourself is somewhat of a disadvantage, but this could also be a great upside if you really have to make certain server configuration changes - something that would be impossible on a shared server.

Dedicated Web Hosting Servers

Dedicated web hosting servers are in most circumstances much more expensive than shared hosting or private virtual server hosting solutions. You might wonder why would anyone want to use a dedicated web server then? The answer is pretty simple. If your corporation has a heavy resource-consuming web site, or simply has very specific web server setup and security requirements, the most intelligent option would be a dedicated web hosting server that you or your server admins can administer directly. For somebody who is prepared to invest in security and stability, the greater price is not a concern. You have complete root access and can utilize 100 percent of the dedicated hosting web server's resources without anyone else availing of these resources and messing with your sites.