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Hosting is a service that hosting firms provide so that you can put your site on the Internet.
How can people view your web site?
When you set up a web site and you want other people to notice it, you will have to copy (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you try to make the site accessible online by hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it up and running all the time, which is why hosting services exist.
How does hosting work?
Web hosting distributors provide you with space for your web site on their powerful computers (hosting servers) and ensure uninterrupted service uptime. When someone writes your web address (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the hosting server where they can take a look at the content of your website.
Web hosting types
With the development of web technologies, different types of web hosting services have come into being to match the various expectations of website owners, including shared website hosting services, private virtual web server hosting services and dedicated server web hosting services.
Shared website hosting
Shared hosting is the most commonly used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where a single web hosting server is divided between lots of web hosting account owners who are restricted by the CPU, bandwidth and hosting storage space quotas that they have been allotted. This type of hosting is typically cheaper - you don't have to purchase the whole hosting server in advance, since it is divided between numerous web hosting customers, and the hosting distributor can afford to provide much more modest prices. It is also much easier to use - the server is pre-configured with all the required software and the hosting provider takes care of all server maintenance tasks and software updates for you.
The downside of the shared hosting solution is that you share the server's system resources with other web hosting customers and if one site becomes very popular it may influence (and slow down) all the other sites on that server, but the majority of web hosting service providers, including us at Dominio Boliviano, have protection platforms at work that hinder that from happening.
A definition of a website hosting service
Because shared website hosting is the most common type of web hosting, most web hosting vendors and hosting users simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is a large competition on the web hosting marketplace, most web hosting distributors endeavor to provide modest prices and gifts with their services. We, for example, provide different web hosting packages and two invoicing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your finances. If you choose the annual invoicing cycle, you will get a bonus - one cost-free domain name registration.
VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated server hosting solution. If your website grows beyond the resources offered by your shared website hosting account, a virtual server web hosting package is a good option. virtual server hosting account owners still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other VPS server hosting clients, but the physical machine is split up using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own dedicated system resources and can be configured practically like a full-fledged dedicated web hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a virtual web hosting server are not shared. Moreover, the virtualization software offers you much more freedom to configure your VPS, but it also presupposes a higher level of technical expertise.
With the Dedicated Server solution, the client gets a whole physical machine and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated web server hosting solution is the most powerful of all hosting solutions and offers many customization possibilities - the dedicated server hosting clients can select the hardware and software specifications that will answer their requirements. Dedicated system resources and no-holds-barred performance are among the reasons why a dedicated web hosting server is a perfect option for a heavy resource-swallowing business portal, for example - you will not share the dedicated hosting server's system resources with anyone else and will gain full root-level access. You will have complete authority over the machine, which will enable you to make any server configuration changes that you might need. The drawback of the dedicated web hosting solution is that a higher degree of technical knowledge is needed - unless you employ an Information Technology pro, it will be your duty to administer and configure the physical machine. The dedicated web hosting solution also costs much more, since the cost of the dedicated hosting server isn't shared between any other users.
A hosting advice for beginner users
If you are just starting to build your website and need a web hosting solution to start out with, the shared web hosting solution persists to be the most sensible choice. If your site grows beyond your shared web hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely easy and does not involve migration of your web site files, since only the parameters of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more powerful one at any given moment without worrying about the time remaining before expiration. Also, if you finally reach the most advanced shared web hosting package and still need more resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it signifies that your website's popularity has expanded!), there always is the possibility to migrate to a VPS server hosting platform or a dedicated server web hosting solution without needing to change web hosting providers.