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There are various kinds of shared hosting accounts appropriate for different web sites in relation to the system resources or the shared hosting environment they require. To pick the most optimal shared hosting service for your website, you have to estimate what server-side software programs it needs, how many daily hits you anticipate at the start and in the future, as well as any other special requirements that may need to be covered.

Shared web hosting - Positive Aspects

The most appropriate alternative for small web portals with several hundred or a few thousand viewers is a shared hosting account. With this type of site hosting, each client pays only for their plan, which minimizes the overall price per client radically. There are diverse web hosting accounts differing from one hosting supplier to another, supplying different quotas of hard disk storage space and web traffic, different mail quotas and so on. The good point is that you can order an account that will provide the specifications 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 package that cannot accommodate the web site. We, at Happy Hosting UK, offer a wide selection of shared hosting packages appropriate for private or small business web sites that even offer pre-installed script-driven systems such as Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to render it easier. If you begin with a basic plan and you require more resources, upgrading to a more powerful account takes just a click of the mouse.

Shared Hosting - Negative Sides

A negative aspect of the shared web hosting environment is that the web servers have some software platforms installed on them and you are unable to activate new software programs. Some web pages, particularly web shops, request software applications to be available on the server for them to perform, and with a shared website hosting plan, you can install only software platforms that do not demand complete root-level access.

Virtual Private Hosting Servers and Dedicated Hosting Servers

For online portals that require full server root access, or if your portal has many thousands or even 1 000 000's of viewers per day, what you need is a VPS hosting or a dedicated hosting. A VPS web server is a virtual imitation of a dedicated server and it acts in an absolutely identical manner.

Private Virtual Servers

Both services normally provide complete root access and can be rebooted through a software program by the client, independently from the hosting provider. Much like the shared website hosting packages, the VPS hosting and the dedicated web hosting plans comprise diverse functionalities based on what the hosting provider has to offer. A virtual hosting server package offers guaranteed web storage, RAM and CPU usage quotas that can at times be expanded for short spells of time if there are unused resources on the physical server. With a dedicated web server, the only limiting factor is the hardware architecture it is availing of, and it can be configured by changing or appending components. A VPS is easier to manipulate as it includes a virtualization software platform, which can be used to restart it, to install applications, examine stats, etc. The administration of a dedicated web server is more complex, so such a plan would rather be resorted to by tech-savvy clients.

Dedicated Web Servers

Nevertheless, given web hosting suppliers offer managed dedicated server hosting solutions where they carry out web hosting server administration procedures instead of the customer. This can be included in the package or an extra upgrade.

Before You Decide...

Choosing the top hosting package is vital as it can have an effect on the stable work of a web portal. Prior to picking an account, weigh the pros and cons, explore carefully all the preconditions for the web portal to operate properly, particularly if it is script-driven. And if you are still not sure which one is the best shared hosting service for you, ask our live chat operators or call us - our sales representatives will be glad to assist you and answer all your questions.

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