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There are different types of hosting services appropriate for different web portals when it comes to the system resources or the hosting platform they need. To select the most optimal hosting service for your web page, you need to estimate what server-side software it demands, how many visits per day you expect at the beginning and in the long run, as well as any other specific requirements that may have to be covered.
Shared web hosting - Strong Points
The most appropriate alternative for small sized web pages with several hundred or several thousand visitors is a shared hosting package. With this form of site hosting, each customer pays only for their account, which diminishes the total price per user considerably. There are various web hosting accounts differing from one web hosting supplier to another, offering different quotas of server storage and monthly traffic, different mail address account quotas and so on. The privilege is that you can order an account that will offer the specifications your web portal really demands. You will not need to pay plenty of cash for a plan you will not avail of, or end up with a small plan that cannot accommodate the website. We, at Malta Hosting, offer a big selection of hosting plans suitable for private or small business websites that even come with pre-activated script-based platforms like Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to render things easier. If you kick off with a low priced plan and you need more functionalities, moving to a more advanced package demands just a mouse click.
Shared website hosting - Disadvantages
A downside of the shared web hosting environment is that the servers have some software applications installed on them and you are unable to install new software platforms. Some sites, chiefly online shops, require applications to be available on the web hosting server for them to function, and with a shared website hosting package, you can activate only software that does not need full server root access.
Virtual Private Servers and Dedicated Web Servers
For web portals that request server root access, or if your site has many thousands or even millions of visits per day, what you demand is a VPS or a dedicated server. A virtual server is a virtual imitation of a dedicated machine and it operates in an absolutely identical manner.
Both platforms traditionally offer root access and can be restarted through a software program by the user, independently from the hosting company. Much like the shared web hosting accounts, the VPS and the dedicated server packages have diverse specs depending on what the web hosting company offers. A virtual web hosting server account includes guaranteed disk storage, random access memory and CPU usage quotas that can occasionally be enhanced for short stretches of time provided that there are spare system resources on the physical machine. With a dedicated web hosting server, the only limitation is the hardware architecture it is availing of, and it can be upgraded by altering or appending components. A virtual private hosting server is simpler to administer as it offers a virtualization panel, which can be used to reboot it, to install applications, examine stats, and so on. The administration of a dedicated web hosting server is more intricate, so such an account would rather be resorted to by trained clients.
Dedicated Hosting Servers
Still, given hosting companies provide managed dedicated server hosting solutions where they execute dedicated server administration procedures on behalf of the customer. This can be included in the plan or an extra upgrade.
Prior To Selecting...
Settling on the top hosting plan is important as it can have an effect on the stable performance of a online portal. Before opting for a plan, compare the pros and cons, study thoroughly all the prerequisites for the online portal to run properly, especially if it is script-based. And if you are still not sure which one is the best hosting service for you, ask our live chat operators or give us a call - our sales representatives will be happy to help you and answer all your questions.