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What Actually is Web Hosting

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If you desire to launch a website and render it visible to the whole world, it must be located on a server. This service is called is web hosting.

Host your site at home or in another place

You could host your web site on your own PC at home or at work, on a computer which belongs to a chum of yours, etc. If it is a website for testing purposes, there would be no real reason for you to discover a more reliable website hosting solution than that. If you would like to launch a real web site, though, which will be reachable by numerous people and you desire to make it dependable, you will also need a reliable web server where you will host it.

Why do you need a server for your site?

When you have a website, it is located on a physical machine. That physical server has its own physical address known also as Internet Protocol address. Typing the IP address of the machine in your browser, however, is not the best and most convenient way to reach a website. That is how and why domains came into existence and why you need one for your web site. Thus, to establish your web site, you require your own domain and a web hosting server to host your website on.

Hosting your web site yourself

If you are an Information Technology specialist and know how to manage a hosting server, you can have a hosting server of your very own and host your web site on it. This will allow you to have full authority over the machine, to make server configuration changes and to apply software updates yourself instead of relying on the datacenter staff. The weak side, though, is that you will need to guarantee the visibility of your website and to take care of all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are making use of a licensed Operating System, you will also have to spend money on the license, which is normally more expensive if purchased for a whole physical server.

Using a hosting provider

If you don't want to handle server maintenance tasks, the most logical step to take is to sign up for an account with a web hosting vendor. These are companies that offer clients powerful servers with different hardware configurations in exchange for a certain tax. The servers are physically located in data centers with special cooling and uninterruptible power supply systems to guarantee constant website availability.

Varieties of web hosting services

The World Wide Web is a vast sea and there are many web hosting corporations providing various hosting services to the multitude of website proprietors out there. The web hosting services range from charge-free hosting services, where you can host plain, HTML-based web sites, to expensive dedicated server hosting services that can suck your funds dry. So, what type of web hosting matches your demands?

If you have a small or average-sized web page that has a few hundred visitors max, you could safely use a shared web hosting solution. Shared web hosting means that numerous shared hosting clients and websites are accommodated on one and the same web server, thus slashing the price of the service. Shared web hosting accounts commonly include central processing unit, memory, bandwidth and hosting server disk storage space usage quotas to guarantee that the sites hosted on the web hosting server do not interfere with each other and do not utilize more system resources than they are allotted.

In case your website is more popular, you should pick a VPS hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. It offers full root privileges, which allows you to implement server configuration modifications - something that would be impossible on a shared web hosting server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable RAM options. Separate RAM memory and CPU shares are assigned to each single private virtual hosting server, without anyone else utilizing them. Typically there are other virtual private servers apart from your own that share the resources of the physical server, which could occasionally affect the overall performance, but in most instances it's of no concern. Should the resources of the virtual private hosting server, though, be inadequate for your needs, it is apparently time to obtain a dedicated web hosting server.

The dedicated hosting is a physical machine that you rent, which is used solely by you for your very own personal web site needs. No one else uses its system resources and you get full server root privileges, can choose a hardware architecture in advance, apply upgrades 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 containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated hosting server you can update the kernel of the Operating System (usually Linux-based) too.

Find your web hosting supplier

If you have an idea of what your website is going to contain, or if you have just a vague plan that has not completely matured yet, your first step towards the creation of your web site should be to discover a web hosting vendor. The most intelligent step to take is to find a web hosting services provider that offers a wide variety of website hosting services so that you do not have to change service providers in case you first use a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and need to switch to a private virtual server web hosting solution or a dedicated hosting web server solution. We, for example, deliver low-priced shared hosting packages, moderately priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based virtual web server hosting plans, semi-dedicated hosting servers with their own hosting Control Panel interface and even dedicated hosting plans. We also offer cost-free extras - the shared hosting low-cost domain name if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more powerful virtual server web hosting packages and dedicated hosting web server plans offer a free-of-cost domain name reseller account and invoicing software in case you wish to use them for reselling purposes. Add the first-rate 24-7 tech support service and you have all you would usually require. You could, doubtlessly, find other web hosting vendors depending on what precisely you are searching for, by carrying out an online search or by checking additional web hosting reviews online. The most appropriate option, however, is a hosting accounts provider that is also a domain name registrar and has hosting servers in more than one country - both requirements fulfilled by us. We have hosting servers in North America, in Great Britain and in Australia, and offer numerous domain extensions for registration.

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