Hosting Services

What is Web Hosting Services?
A hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their websites accessible via the World Wide Web. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server owned or leased for use by clients, as well as providing Internet connectivity, typically in a data center. Web hosts can also provide data center space and connectivity to the Internet for other servers located in their data center, called colocation.

Types of hosting 

Internet hosting services can run Web servers. The scope of web hosting services varies greatly.

Shared hosting service

One’s website is placed on the same server as many other sites, ranging from a few sites to hundreds of websites. Typically, all domains may share a common pool of server resources, such as RAM and the CPU. The features available with this type of service can be quite basic and not flexible in terms of software and updates. Resellers often sell shared web hosting and web companies often have reseller accounts to provide hosting for clients.

Reseller web hosting

Allows clients to become web hosts themselves. Resellers could function, for individual domains, under any combination of these listed types of hosting, depending on who they are affiliated with as a reseller. Resellers’ accounts may vary tremendously in size: they may have their own virtual dedicated server to a colocated server. Many resellers provide a nearly identical service to their provider’s shared hosting plan and provide the technical support themselves.

Virtual Dedicated Server

Also known as a Virtual Private Server (VPS), divides server resources into virtual servers, where resources can be allocated in a way that does not directly reflect the underlying hardware. VPS will often be allocated resources based on one server to many VPSs relationships, however, virtualization may be done for a number of reasons, including the ability to move a VPS container between servers. The users may have root access to their own virtual space. Customers are sometimes responsible for patching and maintaining the server (unmanaged server) or the VPS provider may provide server admin tasks for the customer (managed server).

Dedicated hosting service

The user gets his or her own Web server and gains full control over it (user has root access for Linux/administrator access for Windows); however, the user typically does not own the server. One type of dedicated hosting is self-managed or unmanaged. This is usually the least expensive for dedicated plans. The user has full administrative access to the server, which means the client is responsible for the security and maintenance of his own dedicated server.

Managed hosting service

The user gets his or her own Web server but is not allowed full control over it (user is denied root access for Linux/administrator access for Windows); however, they are allowed to manage their data via FTP or other remote management tools. The user is disallowed full control so that the provider can guarantee the quality of service by not allowing the user to modify the server or potentially create configuration problems. The user typically does not own the server. The server is leased to the client.

Colocation hosting service

Similar to the dedicated web hosting service, but the user owns the colo server; the hosting company provides physical space that the server takes up and takes care of the server. This is the most powerful and expensive type of web hosting service. In most cases, the colocation provider may provide little to no support directly for their client’s machine, providing only the electrical, Internet access, and storage facilities for the server. In most cases for colo, the client would have his own administrator to visit the data center on-site to do any hardware upgrades or changes. Formerly, many colocation providers would accept any system configuration for hosting, even ones housed in desktop-style minit ower cases, but most hosts now require rack mount enclosures and standard system configurations.

Cloud hosting

This is a new type of hosting platform that allows customers powerful, scalable, and reliable hosting based on clustered load-balanced servers and utility billing. A cloud-hosted website may be more reliable than alternatives since other computers in the cloud can compensate when a single piece of hardware goes down. Also, local power disruptions or even natural disasters are less problematic for cloud hosted sites, as cloud hosting is decentralized. Cloud hosting also allows providers to charge users only for resources consumed by the user, rather than a flat fee for the amount the user expects they will use, or a fixed cost upfront hardware investment. Alternatively, the lack of centralization may give users less control on where their data is located which could be a problem for users with data security or privacy concerns. Cloud hosting users can request additional resources on-demand such as only during periods of peak traffic while offloading IT management to the cloud hosting service.

Clustered hosting

Having multiple servers hosting the same content for better resource utilization. Clustered servers are a perfect solution for high-availability dedicated hosting, or creating a scalable web hosting solution. A cluster may separate web serving from database hosting capability. (Usually, web hosts use clustered hosting for their shared hosting plans, as there are multiple benefits to the mass managing of clients).

Grid hosting

This form of distributed hosting is when a server cluster acts like a grid and is composed of multiple nodes.

Home server

Usually, a single machine placed in a private residence can be used to host one or more websites from a usually consumer-grade broadband connection. These can be purpose-built machines or more commonly old PCs. Some ISPs actively attempt to block home servers by disallowing incoming requests to TCP port 80 of the user’s connection and by refusing to provide static IP addresses. A common way to attain a reliable DNS hostname is by creating an account with a dynamic DNS service. A dynamic DNS service will automatically change the IP address that a URL points to when the IP address changes.

Some specific types of hosting provided by web host service providers:

File hosting service: hosts files, not web pages Image hosting service Video hosting service Blog hosting service Paste bin Shopping cart software E-mail hosting service Host management The host may also provide an interface or control panel for managing the Web server and installing scripts, as well as other modules and service applications like e-mail. A web server that does not use a control panel for managing the hosting account, is often referred to as a “headless” server. Some hosts specialize in certain software or services (e.g. e-commerce, blogs, etc.).

Reliability and uptime

The availability of a website is measured by the percentage of a year in which the website is publicly accessible and reachable via the Internet. This is different from measuring the uptime of a system. Uptime refers to the system itself being online. Uptime does not take into account being able to reach it in the event of a network outage.[citation needed] A hosting provider’s Service Level Agreement (SLA) may include a certain amount of scheduled downtime per year in order to perform maintenance on the systems. This scheduled downtime is often excluded from the SLA timeframe and needs to be subtracted from the Total Time when availability is calculated. Depending on the wording of an SLA, if the availability of a system drops below that in the signed SLA, a hosting provider often will provide a partial refund for time lost. How downtime is determined changes from provider to provider, therefore reading the SLA is imperative. Not all providers release uptime statistics. Most hosting providers will guarantee at least 99.9% uptime which will allow for 43m of downtime per month, or 8h 45m of downtime per year.

Security

Because web hosting services host websites belonging to their customers, online security is an important concern. When a customer agrees to use a web hosting service, they are relinquishing control of the security of their site to the company that is hosting the site. The level of security that a web hosting service offers is extremely important to a prospective customer and can be a major consideration when considering which provider a customer may choose. Web hosting servers can be attacked by malicious users in different ways, including uploading malware or malicious code onto a hosted website. These attacks may be done for different reasons, including stealing credit card data, launching a Distributed Denial of Service Attack (DDoS), or spamming.

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Cloudways is a featured-filled cloud hosting platform that enables novices, bloggers, designers, developers, and agencies to easily manage and deploy applications on Vultr, Google Compute Engine, DigitalOcean, and Amazon EC2 servers.. READ DETAIL REVIEW 
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Performance & Reliability
9
Hosting Features
8.8
Pricing Value
9.2
Help and Support
9.1
Likelihood to Recommend
9.2
PROS:
  • Integrated dashboard
  • Powerful addons
  • Easy scalability
  • Managed security
  • Very easy to set up
  • Supports numerous apps
  • Several flexible account tiers
  • Pay-as-you-go plan.
  • Can try service for free before signing up
  • Speedy one-click provisioning in less than a minute
  • Start Free For 1 Month
CONS:
  • Customer support issues
  • Not all programming languages are supported
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TMD Hosting is a US-based web hosting provider that entered the market in 2007. These are located in Phoenix and Chicago (US), London (UK), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Tokyo (Japan), Sydney (Australia), and Singapore (Singapore). READ DETAIL REVIEW
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$4.95 $2.95
Performance & Reliability
8.6
Hosting Features
8.8
Pricing Value
8.7
Help and Support
9.3
Likelihood to Recommend
9.6
PROS:
  • Easy to use user dashboard
  • Unmetered bandwidth and storage
  • Choice of seven global data centres
  • Numerous, feature-packed hosting plans
  • Easy to use centralized dashboard
  • Free migration
  • Perl, Python, and other scripts available
  • Access to Weebly website builder
  • Excellent customer service.
  • 60-day money-back guarantee
CONS:
  • Prices hike after the first term
  • Not suitable for non-WordPress websites
  • Usually more expensive than cloud hosting
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Hostwinds LLC is a Tulsa-founded, Seattle-based web hosting company.Hostwinds include Shared Server Hosting, VPS (Virtual Private Servers), Cloud Server Hosting, and Low-Priced Dedicated Servers   READ DETAIL REVIEW
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$8.99 $5.24
Performance & Reliability
9
Hosting Features
9.6
Pricing Value
9
Help and Support
9.8
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8.5
PROS:
  • Excellent reseller and VPS hosting plans
  • Easy to Use Control Panel
  • 60-day money-back guarantee
  • Unlimited Subdomains
  • Softaculous AutoInstall
  • Weebly Site Builder
CONS:
  • Refunds have some conditions
  • Backups and Monitoring Cost extra
  • Little bit expensive
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Kinsta is a managed WordPress hosting powered by Google Cloud Platform, that helps take care of all your needs regarding your website. Kinsta services on cutting-edge technology and take support seriously. READ DETAIL REVIEW 
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9.5
Hosting Features
9.1
Pricing Value
9.5
Help and Support
9.6
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9.9
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  • Choice of 20 locations across the globe
  • Feature rich
  • Plans auto scale during visitor spikes
  • Highly developer friendly
  • Detailed knowledge base
  • Custom design cache plugin
  • Automated and manual backup systems
  • Automated website status checks
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  • Does not support email
  • Not for users with multiple low traffic WordPress sites
  • Won't fit into every budget
  • No shared hosting
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iPage is a web hosting company. It offers a wide range of web hosting solutions for online businesses and webmasters to create websites.iPage offers shared web hosting packages including but not limited to a drag-and-drop-based website builder. READ DETAIL REVIEW
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6.4
Hosting Features
8.2
Pricing Value
6.9
Help and Support
7.6
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5.6
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  • Newbie friendly easy to start
  • Live chat support quality meets expectation
  • Free one year domain for all new customers
  • Website builder included
  • Customizable plans
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  • Base plan covers basic features only
  • No month to month plans.
  • The initial VPS plan does not have the same value as competitors
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Linode, LLC is an American privately-owned cloud hosting company that provides virtual private servers. Its flagship products are cloud-hosting services with multiple packages at different price points. Linode offers five kinds of compute services geared towards specific needs of the customers like high memory requirements, dedicated CPU or GPU or general purpose usage. READ DETAIL REVIEW 
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Performance & Reliability
9
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9.1
Pricing Value
7.6
Help and Support
9.3
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8.7
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  • Multiple data centers
  • Affordable pricing
  • Command line Linux access
  • $100 promotional credit for 60 days
  • Extremely flexible selection of addons and features
  • Great in-depth guides and tutorials
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  • Doesn’t support Windows hosting
  • Automated backups not free
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InterServer.net has been providing webhosting services for the past 21 years. Although technology has changed from the time we started in 1999, InterServer core principles of quality, service, and support have remained the same. READ DETAIL REVIEW
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8.5
Hosting Features
9.4
Pricing Value
9.2
Help and Support
9.3
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9.6
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  • Cleans up hacked or exploited accounts
  • Delivery of email is guaranteed
  • Fastest budget hosting TTFB below 200ms
  • 100% in house customer supports
  • Highly customizable VPS hosting plan
  • Price lock guarantee for VPS hosting
  • WordPress expertise hosting
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  • No free domain name
  • Hosting Plans not available for newbies
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Namecheap is an ICANN-accredited domain name registrar, which provides domain name registration and web hosting, based in Phoenix, Arizona, US. Namecheap is a budget hosting provider with 11 million registered users and 10 million domains. READ DEATAIL REVIEW
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Performance & Reliability
6.8
Hosting Features
8.4
Pricing Value
6.1
Help and Support
8.8
Likelihood to Recommend
8.6
PROS:
  • Wide range of inexpensive plans
  • Excellent domain name prices
  • Free domain name and privacy protection
  • Perl, Ruby, and Python support
  • Unmetered bandwidth on all plans
  • Full root access on VPS plans
CONS:
  • Pay extra to choose UK-data center
  • No Cloudflare on shared plans
  • Below-average response time
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InMotion Hosting was founded in 2001, which was pretty much in the infancy of the modern web. Since then, they've grown to vast proportions, with customers hosting over 300,000 domains on their servers. Web hosting with 500,000+ WordPress installs, industry-leading awards, and the most website transfers in the industry. READ DETAIL REVIEW 
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$7.99 $4.99
Performance & Reliability
9.5
Hosting Features
8.3
Pricing Value
8.0
Help and Support
8.9
Likelihood to Recommend
8.6
PROS:
  • One-stop solution all hosting features you need in one plan
  • Plenty of option to grow VPS, Dedicated, WordPress
  • Easy-to-use website-building software
  • Eco-friendly infrastructure
  • 90 days money-back guarantee
CONS:
  • No instant account activation
  • Server location in United States only
  • eCommerce features only on POWER plans and above
  • Not all plans have month-to-month payment options
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WP Engine breed of technology company at the intersection of software innovation and service. WP Engine platform provides brands the solutions they need to create remarkable sites and apps on WordPress that drive their business forward faster. READ DETAIL REVIEW
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Performance & Reliability
9.8
Hosting Features
9
Pricing Value
8.0
Help and Support
9.3
Likelihood to Recommend
8.2
PROS:
  • Solid server performance overall hosting uptime Is 100%
  • Fast server speed Time-to-first-byte (TTFB) below 200 ms
  • Developer-friendly environment
  • Well-optimized for WordPress users
  • Free StudioPress themes
  • Choice of either Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud Platform cloud hosting
  • Try out with no risk 60-day money back guarantee
  • Offers plenty of dedicated and expert support
CONS:
  • Expensive addon features
  • Only offers managed hosting on shared and dedicated servers on the custom plans
  • Relatively expensive
  • Doesn't sell domains
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Liquid Web is a hosting company totally devoted to web and cloud professionals like you. Growing businesses and the Designers, Developers, and Agencies who create for them. It’s our focus. And that focus translates to products, services, and support designed specifically for mission-critical sites, stores, and applications. READ DETAIL REVIEW
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Performance & Reliability
9
Hosting Features
8.8
Pricing Value
8.7
Help and Support
9.3
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PROS:
  • Excellent dedicated, VPS, cloud, and reseller packages
  • High-end specs
  • Advanced features
  • Great performance metrics
  • Get 14 Days of Managed WordPress Free Trail
  • Responsive Live Chat Support
CONS:
  • Lacks shared hosting plans
  • Above-average prices
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The GreenGeeks management team has over 40 years of experience in providing high quality, affordable website hosting. GreenGeeks the best of breed server hardware, the most dependable network providers, and the most up to date software programs available anywhere on the internet. READ DETAIL REVIEW
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Performance & Reliability
6.0
Hosting Features
8
Pricing Value
8.0
Help and Support
8.7
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
PROS:
  • Eco-friendly 300% green hosting
  • Excellent server performance: Rated A in all tests
  • Convenient & newbies friendly
  • Good Load Time
  • Free Wildcard SSL
  • All plans support Perl, Python and Git
  • Automated daily backups
  • Helpful customer support and user knowledgebase
  • Premium plans have one dedicated IP
  • Free Domain & Site Migration
CONS:
  • Price increase during the renewal
  • Slightly lackluster customer service
  • Inconsistent performance
  • Non-refundable setup fees


FAQ’s of Hosting Services

What is meant by Hosting Services?

  When a hosting provider allocates space on a web server for a website to store its files, they are hosting a website.  hosting services makes the files that comprise a website (code, images, etc.) available for viewing online. Every website you’ve ever visited is hosted on a server.

why do I need it?

A web hosting company makes it possible for your website to be accessed by everyone on the web. Web hosting is basically the space that you buy on a webserver to store your website files.

How does web hosting work?

Web hosts are companies that rent out their services and technologies to host websites on the internet. Once the hosting company hosts your website, users can access it by typing in your web address (domain name) in their web browser. When they do this, their computer connects to the server your website is hosted on

Should I pay for web hosting?

It’s up to you. As you can see, in most cases, a paid web host provides a significantly better service than do free host. But for those in business, whether they’re selling online, or simply wish to present a professional Web presence, paid hosting is typically the only option worth considering

Can you make money web hosting?

Being a reseller web host is a great way to make money because all it takes is you paying for hosting at an affordable rate and then reselling it for a higher price. As long as you have a large amount of space through a large server and bandwidth, you can divide it up and sell it to people for a monthly fee.

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