If one is new to web hosting you will be confronted with many choices. Typically, there are three types of hosting services: shared hosting, dedicated hosting and virtual private server (VPS) hosting.

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is a service offered by a web hosting service where a single powerful server hosts data such as emails, databases and website files of several websites belonging to different clients. Since services are shared by many clients cost of hosting is very low. To draw an analogy one can think of a mall where several kinds of retail outlets are present. Or, one can think of flying coach class on an airline.

Dedicated Cloud Hosting

Dedicated cloud hosting is a service offered by a web hosting service where a cloud is dedicated to a client on hardware also dedicated to the client with key resources such as CPU, RAM and disk space assigned exclusively to the client. This service offers the client privacy and security offered by a dedicated server and the flexibility and scalability of cloud hosting. This service comes at a high price. The analogy here would be that of a private residence in an upscale locality. Or, it is equivalent to owning a private jet.

VPS Hosting

A virtual private server (VPS), as the name suggests, is the equivalent of a real computer in a virtual environment. VPS has the characteristics of a real computer with its own operating system where clients can install their own software. Though virtual, VPS is identical to a dedicated physical server in functionality, VPS is defined by software and can be created and configured easily. Since VPS of many clients are hosted on the same physical hardware, cost of VPS is a bit lower than dedicated hosting. This is akin to owning a home in a gated community where home owners can buy a unit within the gated community. Or, this could be similar to belonging to a yacht club where you would have use of the facilities without actually owning a yacht.

Website Security

Mediaworks will provide a module to the Website providing protection to stop your Website from getting hacked by identifying malicious traffic, scan for hacked files, monitor the access of visitors to your site while blocking attackers before they can access your website.

Website Security - SSL Certificates

Mediaworks understands the intricate details of servers and the importance of website security, which means heading off potential issues before problems do arise. Our technical development staff know which technologies are required and perform server upgrades to keep your website secure and functioning optimally.

SSL Certificates are small data files that digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organization's details. When installed on a web server, it activates the padlock and the https protocol and allows secure connections from web servers to browsers.

A proper SSL certificate provides authentication insuring that information is only sent to and accessed via the correct server. This protects your website and your visitors from potentially sending personal information to a site that may be posing as your website.

Additionally, Google indicates setting up SSL on your website is increasingly important as a search ranking factor