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Which web space hosting plan will be most optimal for me?

There are different varieties of web hosting accounts appropriate for different sites with regard to the system resources or the website hosting environment they need. To select the most suitable hosting service for your site, you must evaluate what server-side software programs it demands, how many visits per day you expect at the start and in the long run, as well as any other special requirements that may have to be covered.

Shared Webspace Hosting - Perquisites

The most suitable choice for small online portals with a few hundred or a few, each customer pays only for their plan, which reduces the total price per person radically. There are diverse web hosting packages differing from one hosting corporation to another, providing different amounts of data space and web traffic, different mail address account quotas and so on. The advantage is that you can order an account that will have the resources your website actually needs. You will not need to pay plenty of cash for a plan you will not avail of, or wind up with a small account that cannot shelter the online portal. At Net For Africa, there is a great variety of shared hosting plans appropriate for personal or small business web portals that even provide pre-activated script-based platforms such as Joomla, Mambo, Drupal or WordPress - to render things easier. If you commence with a less powerful package and you require more features, moving to a high-end account takes just a click of the mouse.

Shared Webspace Hosting - Negative Points

A downside of the shared website hosting environment is that the web servers have some software applications installed on them and you cannot activate new software. Specific web sites, above all online shops, need applications to be installed on the server for them to operate, and with a shared hosting package, you can install only software programs that do not request full server root access.

VPS Web Servers and Dedicated Web Servers

For websites that request complete root-level access, or if your online portal has many thousands or even 1 000 000's of viewers per day, what you require is a VPS or a dedicated server. A virtual server is a virtual simulation of a dedicated solution and it functions in a strictly identical manner.

Private Virtual Servers

Both solutions generally come with full root access and can be rebooted through a software tool by the client, autonomously from the web hosting provider. Analogous to the shared website hosting accounts, the virtual private hosting server and the dedicated hosting server packages have diverse features depending on what the hosting supplier has to offer. A VPS web server account offers guaranteed hard disk storage space, RAM and CPU usage quotas that can occasionally be extended for short periods of time provided that there are available resources on the physical server. With a dedicated hosting server, the only limit is the hardware configuration it is using, and it can be revamped by changing or adding components. A Virtual Private Server is easier to manipulate as it comprises a virtualization tool, which can be utilized to reboot it, to install applications, explore statistics, and so on. The administration of a dedicated web hosting server is more complex, so such a package would rather be used by trained customers.

Dedicated Hosting Servers

Nonetheless, some hosting corporations offer managed dedicated web server hosting services where they perform dedicated server management assignments on behalf of the customer. This can be included in the package or an extra upgrade.

Before You Reach a Decision...

Picking the top hosting package is crucial as it can have an effect on the proper operation of a web portal. Before choosing a package, compare the pros and cons, survey carefully all the prerequisites for the website to perform properly, especially if it is script-driven, and, last but not least, if you have already selected a hosting company, the best thing to do would be to ask their support team for a suggestion as to which particular plan would be best for the proper functioning of your web page.