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May 27, 2021 The site host

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Site host type

The types of site hosts are: free hosts, virtual (shared) hosts, or exclusive hosts.

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Some service providers offer free web hosting.

Free hosts are suitable for small, low-traffic sites, such as personal sites. However, high traffic or free hosts are not recommended for commercial websites, as there are often technical limitations and few options available.

Typically, you can't use your domain name on a free host. B etween using an address provided by the host, something like this: http://www.freesite/users/~yoursite.htm. Such URLs are difficult to write, hard to remember, and unscional.

Advantages Disadvantages
The cost is low. It's free There is no domain name.
Suitable for family, business interests, or personal sites. Very few, limited, or no software options at all.
There is usually a free email. Limited security options.
Limited or no database support
Limited technical support

Shared Hosts (Virtual Hosts)

Virtual hosts are the most common and cost-effective.

With a virtual host, your site and perhaps the remaining 100 sites will be hosted on the same high-performance server. On a virtual host, each site can use its own domain name.

Virtual hosts often offer a variety of software solutions, such as e-mail, databases, and many different editing options. Technical support is often good, too.

Advantages Disadvantages
Low cost. Share costs with other users. Reduced security because many sites are on one server.
Suitable for small businesses and moderate traffic. There are limits on traffic.
A variety of software options. Limited database support.
Your own domain name. Limited software support.
Good service support.

Exclusive host

You can store your site on a dedicated server through an exclusive hosting service.

Exclusive hosts are the most expensive host type. This solution is suitable for large, high-traffic sites, as well as sites that use special software.

Proprietary hosts are highly performing and secure, and software solutions are virtually unlimited.

Advantages Disadvantages
Suitable for large commercial websites. Expensive.
Suitable for high-flow stations. Higher technology is required.
You can use more than one domain name.
Powerful email solutions.
Powerful database support.
Strong (unlimited) software support.

Hosted host

The solution is to put your own servers with your service provider.

This is similar to running your server in your own office, but the difference is that the server is placed in a place specifically designed for it.

Typically, providers have dedicated room resources, such as high security against vandalism, uninterruptible power supplies, dedicated Internet connections, and so on.

Advantages Disadvantages
High bandwidth. Expensive
High uptime. Higher technology is required.
High security. It is difficult to set up and fix vulnerabilities.
Unlimited software options.

Your list

Before you select a site host, first determine the following:

  • The type of host that meets your current needs
  • The price/performance ratio of the host type
  • Can you upgrade to a better server?
  • Can you upgrade to an exclusive server if needed?

Before you sign a contract with a host provider, you can visit other websites on their servers and feel their network speed. A t the same time, compare other websites with yours to see if you have the same needs. It's also good practice to communicate with other users.