Web Hosting FAQ's
Have a questions about web hosting? Here we hot answers for them.
What is Web Hosting?
Web Hosting is a service that allocates space and resources on a server specifically for the files that make up your website. It allows you to publish your website on the internet so your audience can access it and view it.
That's a loaded description of Web Hosting. Let's look at a wider view of it.
Just as you need a physical location if you want to construct a store, building or house, you need a physical location for your website. All of the files (text, images, databases, videos etc.) that your website is made up of takes up space. While a domain name is essentially the address of your website, all of your website's files need to be stored somewhere. Web Hosting gives you that storage place.
Your files are stored on a server. A server is basically a very powerful computer that stores those files, but also is designed to deliver them to your visitor's web browser. The server where your website's files are stored is given an IP address. This IP address allows your visitors' computers to find your website to view it.
What is Shared Web Hosting?
Shared hosting, also sometimes referred to as virtual hosting, is a web hosting environment where each individual hosting account is stored on a single web server. Think of a web server as a very powerful computer loaded with resources. Each of the accounts on the server shares the server's system resources. These resources include disk space, data transfer and server processing power.
Shared Hosting offers you an affordable solution to get your web site up and running because all the related server hosting costs are shared and spread out among the other users/accounts who are being hosted on that server.
Do I need Web Hosting?
Web Hosting is absolutely essential If you would like to have a website published online for the world to see. A common thought is that registering a domain name is all that is needed to have your website online. Yes, a domain name is an important part of the puzzle as this is the address your visitors will type into their browsers to access your site. Web Hosting, on the other hand, is what makes it possible for your web site to be accessed by your visitors.
Web hosting is essentially the space you buy on a server that stores all the pieces that make up your websites. Once you your website is hosted by A2 Hosting, your visitors will be able to access your site by typing your domain name into their internet browser. Their computer is then connected with the server where your site is being hosted. The server then delivers the files that comprise your website to your visitors' browsers so they can view your site.
Is Shared Hosting right for me?
Shared hosting is a perfect platform if you have modest website needs. In particular, this means if you are just starting a website, have a small business website or just run a website as a hobby with minimal resource needs. Shared Web Hosting is also a popular option if you run a simple blog or forum. In short, Shared Hosting is ideal if you have small websites or are just getting started since it is a good learning environment to get your “ feet wet” with a minimal investment.
Shared Hosting is also a popular option if you don't quite know what sort of resources you need yet. You'll be happy to learn that our customers never pay account upgrade fees. That means you can upgrade to a larger Shared Hosting account or even move into a VPS or a Dedicated Server if you discover more server resources are needed than what is included with your Shared Hosting account. Of course, our 24/7/365 Support Team is standing by in case you have any questions about which web hosting plan you should choose.
Advantages of Shared Web Hosting
A key advantage of our Shared Web Hosting packages is obviously speed. However, the other pros of these plans include affordability and convenience. Our shared web hosting environment means we can offer reasonably priced web hosting plans because our customers are not only sharing server resources, but they are also spreading the cost of hardware, server maintenance, security updates and other costs among the other customers hosted on the server. As an our Hosting shared web hosting customer, you also do not have to worry about server uptime and technical support because that's our job. That's our expertise!
Our Shared Web Hosting packages each come with large amounts of resources like disk space, data transfer and email accounts that are perfect for your personal and small business websites. These are just a few of the reasons why we offer the best web hosting for small businesses and personal sites.
Possible Disadvantage of Shared Hosting
Please note that each account on a shared server does not feature root access. Users looking for administrative level access to their server should consider using our VPS Hosting or Dedicated Server plans. Additionally, customers who have eCommerce sites or existing websites that receive a large number of visitors each month may want to use VPS Hosting as well. Otherwise, you'll discover that our Hosting's Shared Hosting is an excellent solution for your website.
What Web Hosting package should I buy?
We highly recommend that you select our Bronze package. Our hosting plans load sites up to 16X faster compared to competing web hosting solutions. Why does website speed and page load times matter? Your site speed has a direct impact on your conversion rate. In fact, studies have shown that a mere 1-second delay in page load speed drops your conversion rate by 7%. That's a lot! Our Servers can give you the boost your site needs!
I already have hosting, but want to switch to VPS. Any tips?
If you’re switching from Shared, Reseller, or Dedicated hosting to a virtual private server, the process is pretty simple. You’ll just have to transfer your files, change the DNS, and cancel your old plan. For more details into this process, check out this article on switching to VPS.
VPS Hosting FAQ's
Have a questions about VPS Servers? Here we hot answers for them.
What is Virtual Private Server (VPS)?
A VPS is an abbreviation for "virtual private server". A VPS works by dividing a physical server into separate virtual machines. Each of these virtual machines, or virtual private servers, operate completely independently from one another. In other words, each VPS has its own operating system as well as allocation of resources like RAM, CPU and disk space. This provides you with an environment that closely mimics that of a Dedicated Server, without the costs associated with it
What are the advantages of choosing VPS Server?
There are many advantages to choosing VPS Hosting over competing solutions. These advantanges include:
improved Performance & Isolation - You don't share resources with other users meaning your audience will enjoy your enhanced website performance in a VPS environment.
More Control & Customization - Root access allows you to configure server settings to fully match your hosting needs.
Cost Effectiveness - You get to experience most of the benefits of a Dedicated Server, without the cost.
Highly Scalable - As your site becomes more popular, you can also easily increase your VPS' resources to keep up with growth.
Ability To Host Resource Intensive Software - Some software is not compatible in a Shared Hosting environment as it needs more resources to run properly. A VPS offers those additional resources.
What is the differences between shared hosting & VPS Servers?
Shared Hosting is likely your starting point when launching a new site because it is the most affordable hosting option. With Shared Hosting, you are hosted on a server where you share the physical resources, like CPU, memory/RAM and disk space, with other users. The primary drawback of Shared Hosting is that it can be relatively inflexible for more advanced users looking for a fully customized server configuration. Also, you can outgrow a shared hosting account as your site becomes more popular and you need a service that can handle the increased traffic. This is when you should consider VPS Hosting.
VPS Hosting is the perfect solution for when you need more power and flexibility than a Shared Hosting account, but are still looking for an affordable hosting solution. Unlike Shared Hosting, you do not share disk space, RAM or CPU with other users. You can almost look at a VPS like having your own "mini" Dedicated Server. This is what makes a VPS a much more powerful hosting solution. Our Unmanaged VPS and Managed VPS solutions also feature full root access giving you the ability to deep dive into your server and customize it to your specific needs. A VPS also allows you to run software more resource intensive software that is unable to run in a Shared Hosting environment.
Of course if you have any questions about which hosting solution to choose our 24/7/365 Support team is standing by to help! Just contact them via live chat, phone or email!
Is VPS Server easy to use?
Our managed vps server solutions are extremely user-friendly to use! That's because we include the same easy-to-use cPanel control panel, offererd in our Shared Hosting environment, on these VPS accounts. Easily manage your software, websites, databases, files, email and more within the intuitive cPanel graphic interface.
What should I choose managed or unmanaged vps server?
If you are looking for an easy upgrade from your Shared Hosting account and want to continue using an intuitive control panel like cPanel, we recommend that you select a Managed VPS account. Our expert support team can even seamlessly migrate your existing website into a Managed VPS for free!
If, on the other hand, you are an experienced developer who is comfortable working with command line and want root access so you can fully customize your server, an Unmanaged VPS would be a better option for you.
How do I know if a vps is right for me?
The need to handle increased traffic as your site grows in popularity is probably the main reason why you're considering VPS Hosting. If your website has begun to experience a consistent increase in the number of daily visitors, it is the perfect time for you to consider moving into a VPS Hosting solution.
However, there are a number of additional reasons to consider VPS Hosting including:
- You are running more than one site and you want additional resources to power them.
- You want greater control over your sites' privacy and security.
- You’re have a revenue generating business or e-commerce website.
- You want to run resource intensive software that is not supported on Shared Hosting plans.
- You require root access for your server.
- You want more control over your server and want to configure it to your specific needs.
- You are developing sites for a number of clients.
Dedicated Server FAQ's
Have a questions about Dedicated Servers?
What is Dedicated Server?
A dedicated server is an off-premise remote server that is exclusively dedicated to a single customer. The resources on the server are not shared with any other customers, services, or apps.
When to choose a Dedicated Server?
Most businesses require a dedicated server for the following reasons:
Reliability: A dedicated server is a consistently more reliable option when high levels of traffic exist or are expected. In a dedicated server environment, you get maximum performance that is explicitly dedicated to your website, web app or platform. This allows your server to be far more stable.
Security: A dedicated server has a superior level of security out of the box. You do not need to worry about things like a DDoS attack trying to bring down your site because another site or client is located on the same machine.
Resources: Because a dedicated server has more resources that are focused on your environment, its speed is consistently greater than that of other platforms. This increase in speed can be directly related to a positive increase in site rankings. Additionally, a dedicated server can be configured to have more raw computing power than a VPS can provide.
Hardware:The servers hardware has regular maintenance as the host will replace aging parts, and also monitor performance. With a dedicated server, you can alter the way your server needs to run so that it performs with more flexibility and efficiently Also, there is no overhead for purchasing or maintaining equipment
Customizable:A dedicated server is completely customizable to your needs. It offers more precise control and configurable options, which allows you to customize the components to meet your specific needs.
Dedicated Servers allow for:
- Tailored Security
- Complete Control over System Configurations
- Installation of Custom Operating Systems
- Resources Solely Dedicated to Your Web Applications
- Quick Scale-Ups
- One-Tenant Occupancy
- Contract Free Hosting
- Zero Infrastructure Costs
- PCI and HIPAA Compliant
- Hot Swappable Chassis
- SSD Storage
- Server Secure Security Configurations
What does "Fully Managed" mean for a Dedicated Server?
Our highly trained staff are ready to manage your hardware, web server and even offer “Beyond Scope” support for software that is not covered under our fully managed umbrella. Operating systems we support:
- Windows Server
- Many others...
Our servers come with multiple levels of management, that are suited to meet your specific needs. You can customize your management level during the setup process by selecting the server image type including multiple management panels like:
What is the difference between Cloud and Dedicated?
A cloud server, also known as a virtual private server lives within a parent server and shares resources with other virtual servers. A Dedicated Server is a stand-alone physical server that does not share resources.
Because a VPS shares finite resources with other Virtual instances on the parent, overuse of can lead to less than optimal performance for any resource-intensive applications, which is why Dedicated Servers often outperform VPS instances.
Cloud VPS and Dedicated servers share several overlapping qualities, but most importantly, the Dedicated Servers provide greater security, extra customization options, and higher availability and uptime. With more granular controls, you are free to customize hardware components like CPU, disk space and RAM as well as the use of a unique operating system. These allow Dedicated servers increased performance for high traffic sites. When uptime and performance are critical to your business, Dedicated Servers are unrivaled in performance and value.