Many people who decide that they want to set up web server hosting are shocked to find that you can't just go to a company and say that that's what you need. In fact, nearly all hosting companies offer a range of options designed to give their customers more control over exactly what they want and how deeply they want to be involved with the management of their web server. It's good to have a basic understanding of these in advance, so that you know that it's worth paying for.
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Dedicated Or Shared Servers
It is possible for a physical computer to be set up in such a way that it hosts separate copies of software to handle web hosting for multiple customers. These are known as shared servers. They are generally less expensive, but your site's security and performance can be affected by the other sites that are sharing the same machine. In contrast, getting a dedicated server means that the entire machine and its connection to the Internet is exclusively for your use.
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Managed or Unmanaged Hosting
When a company offers web server hosting they will usually give you the option of whether you want them to handle the server management. This includes tasks like upgrading the operating system, applying software patches, and monitoring the security logs. If your company already has a technology department or you just want complete control over how your server is managed, this may not be for you. Otherwise it can be a convenient and useful option.
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Disk space, bandwidth, etc
These are the more technical details of web server hosting, but they are still very important. They define the limits of how much of the company's resources you are guaranteed to be able to use, and what happens if you need to go over those amounts. If you don't have a clear idea of what you are going to need, the best choice is usually to start at a lower estimate and make an agreement that allows you to request increases if needed, rather than pay more from the start for server space that you may never need.
If you have an understanding of what you really need with your web server, you will find it easier to shop around and make comparisons among different companies so that you can choose the web hosting service that is best for your business. For more information about these hosting services please read this beginner's guide to dedicated server hosting.