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Which site hosting package will serve me best?

There are different types of web hosting solutions appropriate for different sites when it comes to the resources or the web hosting platform they demand. To choose the most suitable hosting service for your site, you must access what server-side software programs it demands, how many daily hits you expect at the beginning and in the future, as well as any other special requirements that may need to be fulfilled.

Shared Webspace Hosting - Advantages

The most relevant alternative for small scale websites with a few hundred or web space hosting, each client pays only for their account, which reduces the overall cost per person substantially. There are various web hosting plans differing from one web hosting company to another, furnishing different quotas of web storage and web traffic, different email account quotas and so on. The plus is that you can order a plan that will have the resources your web portal actually demands. You will not have to pay a lot for a package you will not use, or wind up with a small package that cannot shelter the online portal. At Papua Web Hosting, there is a big variety of shared hosting accounts suitable for private or small business web portals that even offer pre-installed script-based systems like Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to render it simpler. If you kick off with a less powerful plan and you require more system resources, upgrading to a more feature-rich package requires just a click of the mouse.

Shared Webspace Hosting - Weak Points

A downside of the shared website hosting solution is that the web servers have some software programs installed on them and you are unable to install additional software applications. Given web portals, especially online shops, demand software applications to be installed on the web hosting server for them to perform, and with a shared web hosting account, you can activate solely software that does not require server root access.

Private Virtual Web Servers and Dedicated Servers

For web pages that require root-level access, or if your web portal has many thousands or even millions of visitors per day, what you need is a VPS or a dedicated server. A VPS web server is a virtual emulation of a dedicated server and it functions in precisely the same way.

Virtual Hosting Servers

Both environments typically come with complete server root access and can be rebooted via a software program by the customer, autonomously from the web hosting company. Similar to the shared web site hosting packages, the private virtual server and the dedicated hosting server accounts involve different functionalities depending on what the web hosting vendor has to offer. A virtual web server hosting plan includes guaranteed server space, random access memory and CPU usage quotas that can at times be expanded for short spells of time provided that there are spare resources on the physical machine. With a dedicated hosting server, the only limiting factor is the hardware equipment it is making use of, and it can be revamped by altering or adding components. A private virtual server is easier to run as it includes a virtualization tool, which can be utilized to restart it, to install applications, check stats, etc. The administration of a dedicated web hosting server is more complex, so such an account would rather be utilized by trained users.

Dedicated Hosting Servers

Nevertheless, given web hosting companies offer managed dedicated server hosting services where they perform dedicated hosting server administration assignments instead of the customer. This can be included in the plan or an additional service.

Before You Decide...

Opting for the top hosting package is important as it can influence the stable functioning of a web page. Before settling on an account, compare the pros and cons, inspect carefully all the requirements for the web page to perform properly, especially if it is script-powered, and, last but not least, if you have already picked a web hosting supplier, the best thing to do would be to ask their support staff for a recommendation as to which plan exactly would be best for the stable performance of your web site.