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What is Web Hosting?
If you want to launch a site and render it visible to the whole world, it needs to be hosted on a web hosting server. This service is known as is web hosting.
Host your web site at home or in another place
You could host your web site on your own personal PC at home or at work, on a personal computer which belongs to a friend of yours, etc. If it is a web site for testing purposes, there would be no real need for you to find a more dependable web hosting solution than that. If you want to develop a real website, however, which will be accessible to numerous viewers and you would like to make it dependable, you will also need a dependable web server where you will host it.
Why do you need a server for your site?
When you have a web site, it is hosted on a physical machine. That physical server has its own physical address called Internet Protocol address. Typing the IP address of the server in your web browser's address bar, however, is not the best and simplest means to access a web site. That is how and why domain names came into existence and why you need one for your web site. Hence, to establish your web site, you require your own domain name and a server to host your site on.
Hosting your web site on your own
If you are an IT expert and understand how to tackle a web server, you can have a server of your own and host your web site on it. This will enable you to exercise full authority over the web server, to implement server configuration modifications and to install software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the data center staff. The weak side, however, is that you will have to guarantee the visibility of your web site and to cope with all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are utilizing a licensed OS, you will also need to invest cash in the license, which normally costs more if purchased for an entire web server.
Using a web hosting services provider
If you don't want to cope with server maintenance tasks, the best thing to do is open an account with a web hosting company. These are firms that offer customers powerful hosting servers with various hardware configurations in exchange for a given tax. The hosting servers are physically located in data centers with special cooling and UPS systems to guarantee continuous network uptime.
Kinds of hosting services
The World Wide Web is an endless ocean and there are a plethora of providers offering various hosting services to the plethora of web site proprietors out there. The web hosting services range from free-of-charge hosting services, where you can host simple, HTML-based websites, to expensive dedicated server web hosting services that can suck your funds dry. So, what type of hosting suits your requirements?
If you have a small or average-size web page that has several hundred viewers max, you could safely use a shared web hosting solution. Shared hosting means that multiple shared hosting users and sites are hosted on the same web hosting server, thus slashing the price of the web hosting service. Shared accounts ordinarily include CPU, RAM, bandwidth and web hosting server storage space quotas to guarantee that the web sites accommodated on the web server do not intervene with each other and do not use more system resources than they are apportioned.
In case your website is more resource-requiring, you should select a VPS hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. It offers root access, which permits you to make server configuration modifications - something that would be inconceivable on a shared hosting web server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable RAM options. Separate RAM and CPU shares are assigned to each individual virtual private web hosting server, without anyone else using them. Typically there are other virtual private servers apart from your own that utilize the resources of the physical server, which could occasionally affect the overall performance, but in the majority of instances it's of no concern. Should the resources of the VPS web hosting server, though, be insufficient for your needs, it is plainly time to order a dedicated hosting web server.
The dedicated hosting is a physical server that you hire, which is utilized only by you for your own personal website needs. Nobody else uses its system resources and you are given full root privileges, can choose a hardware architecture in advance, apply updates at a later time and install RAM or disk drives. Unlike with the virtual private servers where virtualization is mainly at the Operating System level and all virtual containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated web hosting server you can modify the kernel of the OS (typically Linux-based) too.
Pick your web hosting packages provider
If you know what your site is going to contain, or if you have only a vague idea that has not completely matured yet, your initial step towards the creation of your website should be to select a web hosting services provider. The best solution is to find a provider that delivers an enormous assortment of web hosting services so that you do not have to change web hosts if you first avail of a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and need to move to a virtual server solution or a dedicated hosting server solution. We, for example, provide discounted shared web hosting plans, moderately priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based VPS web server plans, semi-dedicated hosting servers with their own Control Panel user interface and even dedicated servers. We also offer free-of-charge presents - the shared website hosting low-cost domain if they are paid for on a yearly basis, the more powerful virtual web hosting servers and dedicated server packages include a free-of-cost domain reseller account and billing software should you decide to use them for reselling purposes. Throw in the first-rate 24-7 client support service and you have all you would typically require. You could, by all means, find other web hosting firms depending on what precisely you are looking for, by carrying out an online search or by checking additional hosting reviews. The smartest option, however, is a hosting packages provider that is also a domain name registrar and has web servers in more than one country - both prerequisites met by us. We have web hosting servers in the States, in the UK and in Australia, and offer numerous domain name extensions for registration.