Shared web hosting, Virtual private server and Dedicated Hosting server

Website hosting is commonly referred to as shared web hosting and it is the art of housing, serving and maintaining files for one or more websites. In other words, web hosting is a service that allows organization and individuals to own a space on the internet by being able to post a website or web page on the internet. This is a very enterprising project and a business or source of income for some people. This is because a web host or web hosting service provider ensures that the technologies needed for a web page to be viewed on the internet is provided and he gets paid for this he also ensures the security, memory, storage and IT support are made available for the websites to run effectively.

Usually, what happens is that there is a host computer where you rent a space for your websites. These host computers are special computers and they are called servers. The host computer can operate more than one website since all that is needed is for each website to have their files stored on that computer. That host computer will assign an address (DNS) for each domain name such that when searched for on the internet, one’s website can be found. So when users want to view your website, they will then connect to the server and then their web pages will be delivered to them through the browser.


In this practice, in order to comprehend better the activities involved in web hosting, certain terms become relevant such as VPS hosting, dedicated server and shared hosting.

Dedicated Host server: This is also called hosting service and it entails the service provider’s computer. Managing the dedicated server entails monitoring the effective performance of the host server, installation of security patches and various levels of technical support.

Virtual private server (VPS) refers to virtualization technology which is employed in order to permit the use of multiple logical servers to service a single physical server.

Complex Managed Hosting: This refers to both the physical dedicated and virtual servers. This is otherwise called hybrid servers and most companies prefer the combination of both physical and virtual hosting and in this case, it is called complex managed hosting.

Cloud Hosting: This is also termed time-share or on-demand hosting in which all that the users pays for the system’s time and space used on the host computer. Here, flexibility is adopted because capacity can be scaled up and down as computing requirements change.