There are different sorts of hosting plans suitable for different websites in relation to the resources or the hosting platform they require. To pick the most adequate hosting service for your online portal, you must access what server-side software programs it needs, how many hits per day you expect at the start and in the future, as well as any other special needs that may have to be covered.
Shared web hosting - Upsides
1 website hosted
125 GB bandwidth
1 website hosted
The best choice for small web portals with a few hundred or a few thousand visitors is a shared hosting package. With this type of web hosting, each user pays only for their account, which lowers the overall cost per customer noticeably. There are various web hosting packages varying from one hosting firm to another, providing different amounts of hard disk storage space and bandwidth, different e-mail account quotas and so on. The positive point is that you can obtain a package that will include the specs your web site in fact requires. You will not have to pay a lot for a plan you will not make use of, or end up with a small size plan that cannot accommodate the web page. We, at 2U2 Web Hosting, offer a huge collection of hosting packages appropriate for private or small business websites that even offer pre-activated script-based platforms such as Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to make it simpler. If you commence with a basic plan and you need more features, moving to a more feature-rich plan takes only a mouse click.
Shared Hosting - Downsides
A weakness of the shared website hosting solution is that the web hosting servers have some software installed on them and you cannot install new software applications. Some web pages, particularly web stores, request applications to be present on the hosting server for them to work, and with a shared web hosting plan, you can install only software platforms that do not request complete server root access.
VPSs and Dedicated Hosting Servers
For web sites that demand full server root access, or if your online portal has many thousands or even millions of hits per day, what you demand is a VPS or a dedicated server. A virtual web hosting server is a virtual imitation of a dedicated web server and it operates in a precisely identical manner.
Virtual Web Servers
Both platforms normally include server root access and can be restarted via a software program by the customer, independently from the hosting supplier. Just like the shared website hosting packages, the VPS and the dedicated hosting packages have different functionalities based on what the hosting provider offers. A virtual server web hosting plan offers guaranteed hard disk storage, RAM and central processing unit usage quotas that can occasionally be extended for short spans of time in case there are unused resources on the physical machine. With a dedicated hosting server, the only limit is the hardware configuration it is making use of, and it can be revved up by changing or adding components. A virtual private web hosting server is simpler to manage as it offers a virtualization tool, which can be used to reboot it, to install applications, monitor stats, etc. The administration of a dedicated hosting server is more elaborate, so such an account would rather be used by experienced clients.
Dedicated Hosting Servers
However, certain web hosting suppliers provide managed dedicated server hosting services where they run server management assignments instead of the customer. This can be included in the plan or an extra upgrade.
Prior To Selecting...
Selecting the top hosting package is essential as it can influence the stable work of a web portal. Prior to opting for an account, compare the pros and cons, study thoroughly all the requirements for the online portal to operate properly, especially if it is script-based. And if you are still not sure which is the best hosting service for you, check with our live chat operators or call us - our sales reps will be happy to assist you and answer all your questions.