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How Hosting Services Operates

Hosting is a service that hosting vendors provide so that you can put your website on the web.

How can people observe your website?

When you build a website and you want other persons to notice it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you attempt to make the website visible on the web by hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it always online, which is why hosting services came into being.

How does hosting work?

Hosting distributors provide you with storage space for your web site on their high-end computers (hosting servers) and guarantee uninterrupted Internet connectivity. When somebody types your domain (e.g. in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the server where they can have a gaze at the content of your website.

Web hosting types

With the advancement of web technologies, several types of web hosting services have come into being to satisfy the different expectations of website owners, among them shared web hosting services, virtual server hosting services and dedicated web hosting services.

Shared hosting

Shared hosting is the most commonly used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where one single hosting server is divided among plenty of shared hosting account holders who are restricted by the CPU, web traffic and hosting server hard drive storage space quotas that they have been apportioned. This form of website hosting is typically cheaper - you don't have to buy the whole web server in advance, as it is divided between multiple clients, and the web hosting vendor can afford to provide much more affordable prices. It is also much easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-installed with all the necessary software and the hosting supplier takes care of all server maintenance tasks and software updates on your behalf.

The disadvantage of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's system resources with other hosting clients and if a given web site becomes really popular it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the sites on that web hosting server, but the majority of web hosting distributors, including us at Kaba Host, have protection systems in place that prevent that from taking place.

A definition of a hosting service

Since shared hosting is the most common type of web hosting, the majority of hosting providers and hosting customers simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is a considerable competition on the web hosting marketplace, the majority of hosting service providers try to offer modest prices and bonuses with their web hosting services. We, for example, offer different hosting plans and two invoicing options - monthly and annual, depending on your resources. If you pick the annual invoicing cycle, you will get a gift - one cost-free domain name registration.

VPS services

VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. If your site outgrows the resources offered by your shared website hosting plan, a virtual web hosting server is an appropriate choice. VPS web server hosting users still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other VPS server hosting account owners, but the hard drive is partitioned using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own guaranteed resources and can be configured practically like a real dedicated hosting server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a private virtual web hosting server are not shared. Besides, the virtualization software offers you much more freedom to configure your private virtual web server, but it also presupposes a higher degree of technical knowledge.

Dedicated Server

With the Dedicated Server solution, the client gets a whole server and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated web hosting solution is the most robust of all hosting solutions and offers a myriad of customization options - the dedicated server web hosting users can choose the hardware and software specifications that will answer their demands. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated web server hosting package is an excellent choice for a heavy resource-requiring corporate website, for instance - you will not share the dedicated web hosting server's system resources with anyone else and will get root privileges. You will exercise complete authority over the server, which will permit you to implement any server configuration changes that you might require. The drawback of the dedicated server hosting solution is that a more advanced level of technical competence is required - unless you employ an IT expert, it will be your responsibility to administer and configure the dedicated web server. The dedicated server hosting solution also costs much more, because the cost of the physical server isn't shared among any other users.

A hosting advice for beginners

If you are just beginning to set up your site and are searching for a website hosting solution to start with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the most reasonable choice. If your web site outgrows your hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely easy and does not necessitate migration of your files, since only the features of your web hosting account change. You can also upgrade your hosting package to a more powerful one at any particular moment without worrying about the time remaining before the expiration date. Furthermore, if you finally reach the most advanced shared hosting package and still require more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it signifies that your web site's popularity has grown!), there always is the possibility to migrate to a VPS or a dedicated web server hosting platform without the need to switch hosting providers.