What is web hosting? Versio explains everything

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Web hosting: meaning and function

Suppose you created a website, such as a webshop or blog, and registered a domain name. What is the next step? How can visitors reach the website? For that, you need web hosting. But what is the meaning of web hosting? Web hosting means you rent some storage, computing power, and memory on a server. A server is a giant computer located in a data centre with a constant connection to the internet. You upload your website and all associated files to this server, so others can visit your website by entering the domain name in the browser.

It's also possible to use the server to email from your domain name. In many cases, the web host, or hosting provider, is responsible for maintaining and updating the server.

Types of hosting

There are various forms of web hosting. Every website is different in design, size, technical requirements, and number of visitors. Therefore, Versio offers multiple types of hosting. We'll take a look at the main features of each below.

1. Shared hosting

Shared hosting is the most common form of web hosting. In other words, you share a server with other users. Through shared hosting, the capacity of a server is spread over multiple accounts. This form of hosting is best suited for smaller websites with limited bandwidth. Price is probably the biggest advantage, since shared hosting is one of the more inexpensive forms of web hosting. You have a choice between different packages, and, if necessary, you can expand these later. In the past, sharing a server occasionally caused problems due to crowds. However, we have found suitable solutions for this.

2. Reseller hosting

Reseller hosting offers you the opportunity to create multiple database users. For example, it's now possible to resell web hosting to others. This type is ideal for freelancers, web designers, and marketing agencies. You manage the data of yourself and your customers. However, you can also host multiple websites yourself.

A reseller package offers more control and is 100% white label. Your customers won't find any reference to Versio. This type of hosting is suitable for both small and large companies. Here too, the hosting provider is responsible for maintaining and updating the server.

3. VPS hosting

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. One way to explain this is to compare the server with an apartment building, divided into units. Each VPS has its own access and is independent. You have your own "apartment" at your disposal, where you can do whatever you want.

This solution is ideal for larger websites with lots of visitors, but also if you have specific technical requirements or want to host customers yourself. If you're going to use particular software, like Ubuntu, CentOS, or Magento, for example, VPS hosting suits your needs. With a VPS, any traffic from other websites won't bother you. You do not have to share a VPS with anyone, and you can decide for yourself how you want to set up your server. But, this also means you're responsible for managing, updating, and protecting the VPS. In short, with a VPS, you enjoy complete freedom.

4. WordPress hosting

This type of web hosting is specially optimized for WordPress. WordPress can be used on all types of web hosting, but with this form of hosting you are ensured that the server fits perfectly. WordPress is a CMS, a content management system. The biggest advantage of this CMS is that there are a lot of plugins available. This allows you to easily convert your website into a webshop. Therefore, WordPress hosting is ideal if you want to start a webshop. These plugins can sometimes slow down your website. Fortunately, this server is optimized specially for WordPress, so you can be sure that your website has the fastest speed.

5. Magento hosting

Would you like to use one of the most popular web shop systems, namely Magento? Then choose Magento hosting. As with WordPress hosting, this server is specially optimized for the CMS Magento. This allows you to use all the possibilities of Magento without any problems. This form of hosting gives you a good basis to start your webshop. The user-friendly platform of Magento offers the following functionalities: inventory management, marketing, invoicing, online payment links and much more!

What is a web hosting package?

Above we mentioned five types of web hosting. Within these types you can choose from different packages. Such a web hosting package includes various services offered together. Web hosting packages come in many shapes and sizes. Which package you need, depends on the needs and wishes of your website. In general, the more expensive the package, the more included features. There is always a package that meets your needs and budget. And if you need some help, you can always contact our support team.

Important considerations when deciding on a web host

As an entrepreneur or website owner, it's only natural to want the very best for your customers and your website. Therefore, it is essential to select a reliable web hosting partner. When purchasing a hosting package, please pay attention to the following factors: the price (and any additional costs), support for CMS systems, location of the server, backups, customer service, domain limit, data and users, stability, and duration of the contract.

Versio offers a reliable and user-friendly web hosting platform. All our servers use a high availability cloud, which guarantees better speed and uptimes. If a server experiences technical issues, other servers will absorb it. Downtime is a thing of the past. Moreover, we keep an eye on the activity on the servers and adjust the power if necessary. We call this workload balancing.

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