Understanding Virtual Hosting

The term virtual hosting can often be misleading. Basically, it is

another term for shared hosting. Hosting is accomplished by using


Virtual hosting is when numerous domain names are shared on the

same server. This one server will share certain features like memory

and processing cycles without needing these services to be pointed

to the same hosting name.

For example, this allows you and a friend to share the same server,

but each of you wouldn’t have access to the other person’s files or

information. The hosting company provides each of you with a

separate login account. You have access to your own domain

names and files but nothing else.

Because of the shared feature virtual hosting is cheaper than paying

for a dedicated hosting account.

A virtual service uses two methods for hosting.

Name based hosting and IP based hosting.

Name based is more commonly used and the

cheaper of the two. When a protocol is served it must supply the

name at some point.

With IP based virtual hosting the IP address is used at some point in

the protocol. Each domain name must have its own IP address and

this is the point that drives the price up for this type of hosting.

Many marketers don’t want to have all their domain names coming

from the same IP address. Imagine renting out IP addresses for each

domain that you own.

It is also possible to have a virtual hosting account that incorporates

a mixture of name and IP based hosting. Again, planning your

website and business will allow you to see if this is a service you

require. Whether you need it immediately or not if you are planning

on running lots of domains, it might be option to keep open. Check

to see if your hosting provider even offers this type of service, so you

can upgrade when necessary.

Virtual web hosting is normally taken on by large companies and

corporations. Many hosting companies themselves are on a virtual

web hosting plan. This is how they offer the service to you as a


Internet and computer technology can sometimes be overwhelming

to understand. Hopefully you now have a better understanding of

what virtual hosting actually consists of. It is always best to educate

yourself ahead of time. You don’t want to be paying for services that

you will ever use.