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Which web site hosting service will be most optimal for me?

There are different kinds of web hosting solutions appropriate for different websites in relation to the resources or the web hosting environment they require. To choose the most suitable hosting service for your web portal, you need to calculate what server-side software applications it demands, how many visits per day you expect at the beginning and in the long run, as well as any other special demands that may have to be answered.

Shared Site Hosting - Privileges

The most proper alternative for small sized web sites with several hundred or a few, each client pays only for their account, which minimizes the overall cost per individual drastically. There are various web hosting solutions varying from one web hosting corporation to another, supplying different quotas of data space and monthly traffic, different e-mail address account quotas and so on. The plus is that you can order a package that will offer the resources your website indeed needs. You will not have to pay plenty of money for an account you will not avail of, or end up with a small sized plan that cannot shelter the site. At Benson Hosting, there is a huge array of shared hosting plans suitable for private or small business web sites that even come with pre-activated script-driven platforms such as Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to render things simpler. If you kick off with a basic package and you demand more system resources, moving to a more feature-rich package requires just a click of the mouse.

Shared Webspace Hosting - Negative Points

A drawback of the shared web space hosting solution is that the hosting servers have some software programs installed on them and you cannot activate new software programs. Some web pages, mainly online shops, require applications to be activated on the web hosting server for them to work, and with a shared web page hosting solution, you can activate solely software applications that do not require full root-level access.

Virtual Hosting Servers and Dedicated Servers

For online portals that request full server root access, or if your website has many thousands or even 1 000 000's of daily hits, what you need is a VPS or a dedicated server. A private virtual hosting server is a virtual emulation of a dedicated web server and it acts in a precisely identical way.

Virtual Private Web Servers

Both services generally include root-level access and can be rebooted through a software platform by the customer, independently from the web hosting provider. Akin to the shared web hosting accounts, the private virtual web server and the dedicated server accounts include diverse features depending on what the hosting company offers. A private virtual server web hosting package has guaranteed web storage space, random access memory and CPU usage quotas that can occasionally be boosted for short periods of time provided that there are free system resources on the physical server. With a dedicated web hosting server, the only limiting factor is the hardware configuration it is using, and it can be revved up by changing or adding components. A VPS is simpler to cope with as it comes with a virtualization software platform, which can be utilized to restart it, to install software applications, monitor statistics, etc. The management of a dedicated web hosting server is more complex, so such an account would rather be utilized by skilled users.

Dedicated Web Hosting Servers

Nonetheless, certain web hosting vendors provide managed dedicated server web hosting services where they perform web hosting server administration tasks instead of the customer. This can be a part of plan or an additional upgrade.

Prior To Reaching a Decision...

Choosing the top hosting package is crucial as it can affect the stable performance of a web portal. Before opting for a package, compare the pros and cons, investigate thoroughly all the preconditions for the web page to operate properly, especially if it is script-based, and, last but not least, if you have already chosen a host, the best thing to do would be to ask their customer support team for advice as to which plan exactly would be best for the stable functioning of your web portal.