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What is Web Hosting?
If you want to build a web site and make it available for the whole world to see, it must be located on a web server. This service is known as is web hosting.
Host your website at home or elsewhere
You could host your web site on your own personal computer at your house or at your workplace, on a computer which belongs to a mate of yours, and so on. If it is a site for testing purposes, there would be no real reason for you to look for a more stable web hosting service than that. If you desire to create a real web site, however, which will be accessible to lots of visitors and you desire to make it reliable, you will also need a stable web hosting server on which you will host it.
Why do you need a server for your site?
When you have a website, it is hosted on a physical machine. That physical server has its own physical address known also as IP address. Writing the IP of the server in your browser, however, is not the best and easiest means to open a website. That is how and why domain names came into existence and why you need one for your site. Thus, to set up your web site, you need your own personal domain and a web server to host your website on.
Hosting your site yourself
If you are an Information Technology specialist and know how to tackle a web hosting server, you can have a server of your own and host your site on it. This will allow you to exert complete control over the physical server, to make server configuration modifications and to install software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the data center staff. The weakness, though, is that you will have to ensure the uptime of your web site and to handle all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are availing of a licensed Operating System, you will also have to invest money in the license, which is normally more costly if purchased for an entire physical server.
Using a hosting distributor
If you don't want to deal with server maintenance procedures, the best thing to do is register an account with a web hosting supplier. These are firms that offer clients powerful servers with different hardware configurations in exchange for a certain tax. The web hosting servers are situated in datacenter facilities with special cooling and UPS systems to guarantee constant Internet connectivity.
Types of hosting services
The web is a deep ocean and there are plenty of web hosting vendors offering various hosting services to the plethora of web site proprietors out there. The web hosting services range from charge-free web hosting services, where you can host simple, HTML-based sites, to costly dedicated server web hosting services that can drain your monthly allowance. So, what type of web hosting meets your requirements?
If you run a small or medium-size website that has several hundred viewers max, you could safely make use of a shared web hosting solution. Shared web hosting signifies that plenty of shared hosting customers and websites are accommodated on one and the very same hosting server, thus decreasing the price of the service. Shared hosting accounts ordinarily include central processing unit, RAM memory, bandwidth and disk drive space usage quotas to make certain that the sites accommodated on the web server do not meddle with each other and do not utilize more system resources than they are assigned.
In case your website is more resource-devouring, you should choose a VPS hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. It offers root privileges, which permits you to make server configuration modifications - something that would be unthinkable on a shared hosting web server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable RAM options. Separate RAM and CPU portions are allotted to each single virtual private web hosting server, without anyone else using them. Usually there are other virtual private servers aside from your own that use the system resources of the physical server, which could occasionally affect the overall performance, but in the majority of instances it is not a problem. Should the system resources of the virtual hosting server, however, be inadequate for your needs, it is apparently time to obtain a dedicated web hosting server.
The dedicated hosting is a physical server that you lease, which is utilized just by you for your very own personal web site needs. Nobody else shares its resources and you obtain root-level access, can select a hardware architecture in advance, apply updates at a later time and add RAM or hard disk drives. Unlike with the virtual private servers where virtualization is mainly at the Operating System level and all containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated hosting web server you can modify the kernel of the Operating System (typically Linux-based) too.
Pick your hosting accounts provider
If you have a vision of what your web site is going to comprise, or if you have only a loose plan that has not completely matured yet, your first move towards the creation of your site should be to discover a web hosting provider. The best step to take is to discover a hosting supplier that delivers a broad range of website hosting services so that you do not have to swap web hosting providers if you first use a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and need to upgrade to a VPS web hosting solution or a dedicated hosting web server solution. We, for instance, provide reasonably priced shared website hosting packages, cut-price OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based virtual server hosting plans, semi-dedicated hosting servers with their own Control Panel interface and even dedicated server web hosting packages. We also offer charge-free bonuses - the shared hosting affordable domain name if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more advanced private virtual server packages and dedicated web server packages offer a free-of-charge domain name reseller account and invoicing software in case you decide to use them for reselling purposes. Add the first-class 24-7-365 customer support service and you have all you would typically need. You could, without a doubt, find other web hosting suppliers depending on what exactly you are looking for, by conducting an online survey or by checking additional online hosting reviews. The smartest option, though, is a hosting accounts provider that is also a domain name registrar and has web servers in more than one country - both requirements met by us. We have web servers in the US, in Britain and in Australia, and offer a myriad of domain extensions for registration.