Hosting means providing place for your website on the web hosting company's servers and makes it viewable on the world wide web.
Why do you need web hosting?
Imagine that you have created a website and now you want it to be available on the world wide web. For this you need to put your website on a web server with 24hours internet connection. To setup your own server, it is both expensive and difficult to manage. so you can go for a web hosting from a reputable web hosting provider.
There are different kinds of web hosting. Let's have a good look at them:
Shared or virtual hosting
Dedicated hosting/ server,Co-location
VDS/VPS –Virtual Dedicated Server/Virtual Private Server
Before choosing some type of web hosting it's necessary to consider the way you are going to use it.
Free Shared hosting
If you want to host some on-profit-making or your personal web site it'd be more profitable to use basic shared hosting for no fee. This type of web site hosting is a rather logical choice if you are a junior in web site building or if you want to try some new idea and don't want to pay. But of course you don't have to suppose it to grant your site the best conditions, such as proper bandwidth and disk space. Some other features can also be limited, I mean MySQL, PHP support. It often also provides poor web statistics.
Paid Shared hosting
Almost all small businesses, intermediate and large professional sites use shared hosting, ‘cause they don't need the whole server's space and besides the whole server costs much.
With shared/virtual hosting such necessary features, as multiply e-mail, MySQl, PHP, are supported. The main disadvantage is decrease of your site's security.
Dedicated hosting /Server
This type of hosting is the best choice for those, who need much storage and bandwidth, and are good in server administration. You'll be able to use all necessary software, but if you don't have enough knowledge to administrate your server it will be a little bit difficult for you.
It's a sub type of dedicated hosting and can be compared with your own house which was built specially for you, with your favorite furniture and all. It's built on your hoster's (ISP) ground. This service is implied to fulfill only your tasks and is designed for your needs alone. And it's cost is correspondingly high.
Virtual private server is a type of web site hosting that is based on dividing a physical server into several virtual ones. It costs less though gives same possibilities as Dedicated server. Now, when we've examined different types of hosting services, you can decide which type of hosting is the most suitable for you.