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There are different sorts of hosting plans suitable for different web portals when it comes to the system resources or the hosting platform they demand. To choose the most proper hosting service for your online portal, you have to estimate what server-side software it demands, how many hits per day you anticipate at the beginning and in the future, as well as any other special needs that may have to be satisfied.

Shared Website Hosting - Perks

The most proper alternative for small scale web portals with several hundred or several thousand viewers is a shared hosting package. With this type of web site hosting, each user pays only for their account, which diminishes the overall price per client drastically. There are various web hosting accounts differing from one host to another, supplying different amounts of hard disk space and bandwidth, different mailbox account quotas and so on. The good point is that you can get a package that will provide the specifications your site really requires. You will not need to pay a lot for an account you will not avail of, or wind up with a small scale account that cannot host the web site. We, at AWC Web Services, offer a huge variety of hosting solutions suitable for personal or small business sites that even provide pre-installed script-driven platforms like Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to make things easier. If you start with a low-cost package and you require more system resources, upgrading to a more powerful package takes only a mouse click.

Shared Hosting - Minuses

A downside of the shared website hosting solution is that the web servers have some software installed on them and you are unable to activate new software. Given web sites, particularly web shops, require applications to be available on the web hosting server for them to run, and with a shared website hosting account, you can install only software platforms that do not require full root access.

Virtual Private Hosting Servers and Dedicated Web Servers

For websites that request full root access, or if your web portal has many 1000's or even 1 000 000's of viewers per day, what you require is a VPS or a dedicated package. A virtual private hosting server is a software emulation of a dedicated solution and it functions in a strictly identical way.

Private Virtual Servers

Both platforms normally include full server root privileges and can be rebooted through a software interface by the client, autonomously from the hosting company. Analogous to the shared web hosting accounts, the VPS and the dedicated server accounts comprise diverse functionalities based on what the web hosting supplier offers. A virtual private web server account contains guaranteed hard disk storage space, random access memory and central processing unit usage quotas that can occasionally be enlarged for brief spells of time provided that there are available system resources on the physical server. With a dedicated web server, the only limitation is the hardware architecture it is making use of, and it can be revved up by changing or appending components. A virtual web server is simpler to manipulate as it ships with a virtualization software platform, which can be used to reboot it, to install applications, examine stats, etc. The management of a dedicated web server is more intricate, so such an account would rather be used by skilled customers.

Dedicated Web Servers

However, certain web hosting firms offer managed dedicated server web hosting services where they implement hosting server administration assignments instead of the client. This can be included in the package or an additional option.

Prior To Selecting...

Picking the top hosting plan is crucial as it can influence the proper operation of a online portal. Prior to opting for a plan, compare the pros and cons, explore thoroughly all the requirements for the online portal to operate properly, especially if it is script-based. And if you are still in doubt which one is the best hosting service for you, consult with our live chat operators or give us a call - our sales reps will be happy to help you and answer all your questions.