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There are different kinds of hosting solutions suitable for different sites in terms of the resources or the hosting platform they demand. To pick the most appropriate hosting service for your online portal, you must estimate what server-side software it requires, how many visits per day you expect at the beginning and in the future, as well as any other special needs that may need to be met.

Shared Web Hosting - Positive Signs

The most proper choice for small size web sites with a few hundred or several thousand visitors is a shared hosting solution. With this type of web hosting, each client pays only for their account, which decreases the total price per client considerably. There are different web hosting accounts varying from one hosting vendor to another, providing different quotas of storage space and monthly bandwidth, different e-mail quotas and so on. The good point is that you can purchase a plan that will include the features your web site really demands. You will not need to pay lots of money for a plan you will not make use of, or wind up with a small plan that cannot shelter the online portal. We, at Merlin Internet Services, offer a vast variety of hosting accounts appropriate for personal or small business web sites that even offer pre-activated script-driven systems like Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to make things simpler. If you commence with a less powerful plan and you demand more resources, moving to a high-end account involves only a click.

Shared web hosting - Negative Aspects

A negative side of the shared web hosting solution is that the hosting servers have some software applications installed on them and you cannot install additional software applications. Specific sites, above all online storefronts, require software applications to be activated on the server for them to run, and with a shared web hosting package, you can activate solely software that does not require complete root access.

Virtual Private Servers and Dedicated Web Hosting Servers

For web portals that demand server root access, or if your online portal has many 1000's or even 1 000 000's of daily hits, what you need is a VPS or a dedicated server. A virtual hosting server is a virtual imitation of a dedicated machine and it functions in an exactly identical way.

Virtual Web Hosting Servers

Both services commonly come with server root access and can be rebooted via a software platform by the customer, independently from the web hosting company. Similar to the shared web hosting plans, the VPS and the dedicated server hosting plans have diverse features depending on what the hosting vendor offers. A virtual server package includes guaranteed web storage, random access memory and central processing unit usage quotas that can occasionally be increased for brief intervals of time on condition that there are free resources on the physical machine. With a dedicated web server, the only limit is the hardware architecture it is using, and it can be revved up by altering or adding components. A private virtual server is easier to run as it includes a virtualization tool, which can be used to reboot it, to install applications, monitor statistics, etc. The management of a dedicated web hosting server is more intricate, so such an account would rather be resorted to by experienced customers.

Dedicated Web Servers

Nevertheless, given web hosting vendors provide managed dedicated hosting solutions where they perform web hosting server management procedures instead of the customer. This can be included in the plan or an additional upgrade.

Prior To Electing...

Choosing the top hosting package is important as it can have an effect on the stable work of a web page. Before choosing an account, weigh the pros and cons, appraise carefully all the prerequisites for the website to work properly, particularly if it is script-driven. And if you are still in doubt which 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 assist you and answer all your questions.

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