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There are various varieties of hosting plans appropriate for different web sites with regard to the system resources or the hosting environment they demand. To select the most optimal hosting service for your website, you must judge what server-side software programs it needs, how many visits per day you anticipate at the beginning and in the long run, as well as any other special demands that may need to be met.

Shared web hosting - Strong Points

The best alternative for small sized web portals with a few hundred or a few thousand visitors is a shared hosting package. With this type of website hosting, each client pays only for their account, which diminishes the overall price per individual critically. There are diverse web hosting plans varying from one web hosting corporation to another, delivering different amounts of web storage space and bandwidth, different mail quotas and so on. The benefit is that you can pay for an account that will have the features your site indeed needs. You will not have to pay a lot of money for an account you will not utilize, or end up with a small scale package that cannot accommodate the web page. We, at RatRod Hosting, offer an immense array of hosting packages appropriate for personal or small business web portals that even provide pre-installed script-powered platforms like Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to make things simpler. If you commence with a basic package and you require more features, moving to a more advanced plan demands only a click of the mouse.

Shared website hosting - Negative Signs

A downside of the shared web hosting environment is that the web hosting servers have some software installed on them and you are unable to install new software. Given websites, above all online storefronts, request software applications to be activated on the hosting server for them to run, and with a shared website hosting account, you can activate only software applications that do not request complete root-level access.

VPS Web Hosting Servers and Dedicated Hosting Servers

For web portals that require full server root access, or if your web portal has many 1000's or even 1 000 000's of daily visits, what you need is a VPS or a dedicated package. A VPS server is a virtual emulation of a dedicated hosting server and it behaves in an exactly identical way.

Virtual Private Web Servers

Both services traditionally come with full server root access and can be rebooted through a software interface by the customer, independently from the web hosting company. Similar to the shared website hosting plans, the VPS and the dedicated hosting server accounts involve different specs based on what the web hosting vendor offers. A VPS server package has guaranteed web storage space, random access memory and CPU usage quotas that can occasionally be expanded for short periods of time if there are unused system resources on the physical server. With a dedicated web hosting server, the only limiting factor is the hardware it is using, and it can be revamped by changing or adding components. A virtual web hosting server is simpler to tackle as it comprises a virtualization tool, which can be used to reboot it, to install software applications, explore statistics, and so on. The administration of a dedicated server is more complicated, so such a plan would rather be used by proficient users.

Dedicated Web Hosting Servers

Nevertheless, given web hosting suppliers offer managed dedicated web server hosting services where they run hosting server administration tasks instead of the customer. This can be a part of plan or an additional option.

Prior To Reaching a Decision...

Settling on the top hosting package is essential as it can have an effect on the stable work of a web site. Before choosing a package, weigh the pros and cons, appraise carefully all the preconditions for the online portal to operate properly, especially if it is script-powered. And if you are still not sure which is the best hosting service for you, check with our live chat operators or give us a call - our sales reps will be glad to help you and answer all your questions.