What is Web Hosting?
Most people who are planning their first website have wondered “What is Web Hosting?” Shared Web Hosting is one of the common hosting types that most people pick to kick start their first website because it is very affordable and feature rich. Before understanding Shared Web Hosting we will need to understand ”What is Web Hosting?” so you can better understand the technology and thereby make more informed decisions when it comes to deciding what type of hosting service will best suit your desired goals.
Web hosting is easiest to understand as an analogy to a typical business in the real world. How does web hosting compare to a typical business in the real world? You want to start a retail or wholesale business selling merchandise. The first thing you will search for is a suitable space in which you can start the business. It could be a strip mall or a stand alone building. Factors you may consider when choosing a space will be the location, accessibility for your customers, security and the quality of service from the property manager for any kind of maintenance you require, improvements or to promptly answer any questions you may have.
The criteria is almost the same for web hosting. When you want a website to be live for the world to see it needs a space to reside, to store its data and to have good access for the public. It requires power, security and connectivity. Location is important, but not as important, because, unlike in the physical world, we have a technology called a CDN (content delivery network) to make your website appear close to visitors regardless of where they are and where your website is physically located. In the proper scenario, the website, all of its files, photos, videos, text, etc. is stored on a specialized server, located in a data center, which has the ability to stay online for 24/7/365, has redundant connectivity, resources, power, massive generators and backups, as well as the engineers to ensure it stays online. A web hosting provider will provide you with a server (physical or virtual), or space on a server, sometimes called a slice or shared hosting for your website.
What is Shared Web Hosting?
Let’s assume you have a small website. Perhaps you run a small blog or even sell products but you don’t have millions of visitors yet. In that case, a full server, whether physical or virtual (VPS), will not be economical as most of the resources will be left unused. This is where Shared Web Hosting comes in and is the most widely used option. Shared Web Hosting allows you to purchase a protected space on a server for your website to function, isolated from other customers on the same server. This is why Shared Hosting is the most affordable way of hosting a website without paying for an entire server along with the expertise required to manage the server.
What are the Advantages of Shared Web Hosting?
As we have discussed above, the key benefits of Shared Web Hosting are cost, ease of getting started and the not needing to manage the server. Being on a shared web server does not mean you will suffer performance and security problems because other customers are on the same server. This is because we use CloudLinux and LiteSpeed Web Server. Both ensure you are guaranteed the resources you are paying for and security to isolate your account from other customers. When shopping for a new web hosting provider be sure to ask them how they protect your account and sites from other customers on the same server if they are not using CloudLinux.
Another advantage of Shared Web Hosting is the convenience of upgrading. Most hosting providers, including VeeroTech Hosting, support seemless upgrading of resources. When you’ve grown to need more resources you can simply upgrade without ever taking your website offline.
So, if you are looking for web hosting for your site, we encourage you to start with a Shared Web Hosting plan. You can easily move to a larger plan with no downtime or loss of data. As always, if you have any questions feel free to reach out to us here at VeeroTech.
Finally, Why is SSD Web Hosting the Best?
SSD Web Hosting utilizies solid-state drives vs. hard disk drives (HDD) to maximize performance by greatly reducing the time to read and write data to and from the disks. SSD's can significantly speed up your website. All of our servers use many disks in reduntant fault-tolerant sets called RAID10. This allows a server to lose more than one disk without data loss or downtime. Ask your current web hosting provider if they are using SSD's in their servers. If not, look at moving to get an increase in performance.