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What is Web Hosting?

If you desire to create a site and render it available for the whole world to see, it must be hosted on a hosting server. This service is called is web hosting.

Host your website at home or elsewhere

You could host your website on your own personal personal computer at your house or at your workplace, on a computer which belongs to a chum of yours, etc. If it is a website for experimenting purposes, there would be no real need for you to discover a more powerful web hosting service than that. If you would like to develop an actual web site, however, which will be visible to a lot of people and you want to make it reliable, you will also require a stable server where you will host it.

Why do you require a web server for your web site?

When you have a web site, it is hosted on a physical machine. That physical server has its own physical address known also as Internet Protocol address. Typing the Internet Protocol address of the physical server in your browser's address bar, though, is not the best and quickest way to access a web site. That is how and why domains came into existence and why you are in need of one for your site. Hence, to launch your web site, you require your own domain and a web server to host your web site on.

Hosting your website on your own

If you are an Information Technology expert and know how to take care of a server, you can have a server of your own and host your site on it. This will enable you to exert complete authority over the web hosting server, to implement server configuration modifications and to apply software updates yourself instead of relying on the datacenter staff. The drawback, however, is that you will need to ensure the accessibility of your site and to cope with all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are utilizing a licensed OS, you will also have to invest money in the license, which is normally more expensive if bought for a whole machine.

Using a hosting plans provider

If you don't want to cope with server maintenance duties, the most intelligent step to take is to register an account with a web hosting distributor. These are companies that offer clients powerful web hosting servers with various hardware configurations in exchange for a certain tax. The web servers are kept in datacenter facilities with special cooling and uninterruptible power supply systems to ensure constant website accessibility.

Types of web hosting services

The web is an endless ocean and there are numerous providers delivering various hosting services to the myriad of website proprietors out there. The hosting services vary from cost-free web hosting services, where you can host plain, HTML-based websites, to costly dedicated hosting services that can drain your finances. So, what type of hosting answers your requirements?

If you own a small or mid-sized web page that has a few hundred visitors tops, you could safely avail of a shared web hosting solution. Shared hosting means that many shared hosting clients and websites are accommodated on one and the same web hosting server, thus lowering the price of the web hosting service. Shared web hosting accounts ordinarily have central processing unit, memory, traffic and server disk space quotas to make sure that the websites hosted on the hosting server do not intervene with each other and do not utilize more resources than they are allocated.

In case your website is more resource-devouring, 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 full root access, which enables 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 memory options. Separate RAM memory and CPU shares are allotted to each individual private virtual web hosting server, without anyone else utilizing them. Usually there are other virtual private servers aside from yours that share the system resources of the physical machine, which could sometimes influence the overall performance, but in most instances it's of no concern. Should the system resources of the private virtual web server, however, be insufficient for your needs, it is clearly time to order a dedicated server.

The dedicated hosting is a physical machine that you rent, which is used just by you for your very own personal website needs. Nobody else uses its resources and you are bestowed with complete root access, can select a hardware configuration in advance, add upgrades at a later time and add RAM or hard 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 web hosting server you can modify the kernel of the Operating System (typically Linux-based) as well.

Pick your web hosting packages provider

If you have a vision of what your website is going to consist of, or if you have only a vague idea that has not completely matured yet, your initial move towards the creation of your web site should be to find a web hosting services provider. The best solution is to discover a web hosting supplier that distributes a large selection of website hosting services so that you do not have to change web hosting service providers if you first make use of a shared hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and have to move to a private virtual web hosting server or a dedicated web server hosting solution. We, for example, supply cut-rate shared website hosting packages, low-priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based virtual web server plans, semi-dedicated hosting servers with their own web hosting Control Panel interface and even dedicated web hosting plans. We also offer cost-free bonuses - the shared web hosting low-cost domain if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more advanced VPS hosting plans and dedicated web server hosting packages offer a free-of-charge domain reseller account and invoicing software in case you decide to utilize them for reselling purposes. Add the excellent 24x7 client support service and you have all you would typically require. You could, certainly, find other hosting firms depending on what precisely you are searching for, by conducting an online survey or by reading additional hosting reviews. The best choice, though, is a web hosting services provider that is also a domain name registrar and has hosting servers in more than one country - both requirements satisfied by us. We have web servers in the United States, in the UK and in Australia, and offer loads of domain extensions for registration.