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General Question

Every website that you visit consists of a domain name and a web host. The easiest way to picture it is to think of the domain name as the address and the hosting as the physical building.

When you’re browsing the web and you type in a URL (i.e. http://www.hostina.co), your web browser basically queries that domain name (i.e. hostina.co) and asks it where the website is hosted. The browser then loads up the contents that are stored there.

Hosting is effectively the process of using a server to host a website, and there are all sorts of different types of hosting available out there on the market. Hostina, just like most web hosts offers different packages so that their customers can pay for just the resources that they need. The more popular the website is, the more resources it’s likely to need to function effectively.

The good news is that with Hostina, you can scale your hosting package as and when you need it, so you can start off with Single hosting plan and gradually upgrade to Business or even VPS plan later.

Your website is basically a collection of files and (in most cases) database that are served up to your visitors as they browse around it. Hostina will allocate space for you to store your website and database.

When you sign up Hostina, you’ll receive login details to access your hosting account’s admin panel.

At Hostina, we offer custom built hosting control panel. Using our control panel you can carry out basic hosting management, monitor resource usage, create email addresses and install content management systems (CMSs) like WordPress. Note that this is different to the admin panel for your website, which will be created when you install a CMS. This is the admin panel for your server as a whole.

Yes! Hosting comes in all different shapes and sizes, with different setups suitable for different types of a webmaster. In general, hosting can be broken up into the following categories:

Shared Hosting: This is usually the cheapest form of hosting because it’s the most economical when it comes to the use of hardware. Shared hosting means that multiple different websites are all hosted on the same server, with each user being allocated a certain amount of storage space and a certain amount of resources. This is often the best option for hobbyists and bloggers.

VPS Hosting: A virtual private server (VPS) setup is like a shared hosting setup on steroids. It generally uses more powerful hardware and takes its name from the fact that while multiple websites are being stored on the same physical hardware, each uses virtualisation software to allow them to operate independently as though they were dedicated mini-servers.

Dedicated Hosting: Dedicated hosting is a good choice for the pros, and like its name suggests, it involves the use of a server that’s dedicated to a single website. In other words, unlike shared and VPS hosting, the user doesn’t have to share storage space and resources with other people and they have a physical piece of hardware all to themselves.

Cloud Hosting: Cloud hosting allows webmasters to tap into a large bank of servers that are all interlinked and designed to take over from each other if needed. In other words, if you need more resources, the cloud will provide more resources to rise to the demand. Cloud hosting is usually the best option if you want to aim for 100% uptime and don’t care how much you need to pay for it.

Hostina provides a mix of shared and cloud hosting. This setup allows us to provide fast hosting with nearly 100% uptime at an unbeatable price.

That depends – what kind of website do you have? And what’s your budget?

As a general rule, shared hosting is the best place to start, and Hostinger’s hosting is suitable for almost any kind of website. Our hosting helps you to keep the costs down during the early days of your website while allowing you to pay only for the resources that you need. If your website starts to take off, you can easily upgrade to higher tier plan and pick up some extra resources.

Ultimately, every website is different. If you’re not sure, why not get in touch with our team so we can chat it through with you and make a personalized suggestion based on your needs?

Yes! In fact, this is usually what we recommend, and it’s one of the benefits of choosing Hostinger as your hosting provider. We make the upgrade procedure as simple as possible so that you can start on our budget plans and upgrade as your website starts to take off. We’re there alongside you at all times and we’re ready to grow with you!

Many other hosting providers will try to talk you into taking out plans that you neither need nor want. We disagree with that. We believe you should pay only for the resources that you need.

A VPS stands for “Virtual Private Server.” Let’s break it down: as the name suggests, it is a private server, which means, that it will be exclusively yours. Having a VPS service gives you a set amount of resources that you don’t need to share with anyone. It’s kind of like having your very own dedicated or private server, but virtual.

In this case, “virtual” means that it is a partition on a physical server, that is dedicated to you. This virtual server gives you the chance to gain root access, install your preferred OS and work on your project with unparalleled freedom.

We take care of the back-end business, manage the physical servers, guarantee speed, uptime, and stability, while you can focus entirely on your project

The two services are similar, but there are some fundamental differences. A VPS server will let you create multiple instances on a single dedicated server. While a VDS or Virtual Dedicated Server will do the same, but take up the entirety of the dedicated server.

Virtual Private Server hosting is the perfect price-power option for large projects as it grants large amounts of dedicated resources and the most control while being infinitely cheaper than having your own physical dedicated server.

VPS and Shared hosting have some similarities, but they’re fundamentally different kinds of services.

Shared hosting packages are aimed for small projects, such as personal blogs and similar sites. Resource intensive or high-traffic projects might encounter issues while using a shared hosting service. Shared hosting is incredibly beginner friendly and fully managed, which means that our customer support team will be able to help out with most issues that might occur with your project.

VPS hosting, on the other hand, provides you with dedicated resources that you don’t need to share. Every virtual private server hosting plan makes sure that you get the highest control of your resources. Control your CPUs, Burst RAM, manage root access and use your preferred OS. The downside of VPS hosting is that, while we cover the back-end and server monitoring, maintaining it 24/7, we can provide limited help to your project concerning customer support. While all VPS hosting and control panel questions we will help with, programming, coding and other queries of similar nature won’t be covered.

The best time to turn to VPS hosting is when you have gathered up the technical knowledge that you may need for this endeavor or when your shared hosting account no longer provides enough resources for your project, and you need to go bigger!

Of course! We have prepared 6 different plans that can fit any project. With every growth period, you can nearly seamlessly pick a more powerful plan and upgrade with no downtime at all.

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