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What is Web Hosting?
If you wish to build a website and make it available for the whole world to see, it must be hosted on a server. The name of this service is web hosting.
Host your web site at home or somewhere else
You could host your web site on your own personal computer at home or at work, 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 find a more dependable website hosting service than that. If you want to create a real web site, however, which will be reachable by plenty of people and you want to make it reliable, you will also require a reliable hosting server on which you will host it.
Why do you need a server for your web site?
When you have a site, it is hosted on a physical server. That physical server has its own physical address called IP address. Writing the IP of the machine in your browser's address bar, however, is not the best and most convenient way to reach a web site. That is how and why domains appeared and why you are in need of one for your website. So, to create your web site, you need a domain name of your own and a server to host your site on.
Hosting your website on your own
If you are an Information Technology professional and understand how to take care of a web server, you can have a web server of your very own and host your web site on it. This will enable you to exert full authority over the hosting server, to make server configuration modifications and to install software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the datacenter personnel. The weakness, however, is that you will have to guarantee the availability of your website and to take care of all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are using a licensed Operating System, you will also need to pay for the license, which is normally more costly if bought for a whole physical server.
Using a hosting vendor
If you don't want to handle server maintenance duties, the most logical step to take is to sign up for an account with a web hosting services provider. These are companies that offer customers powerful servers with different hardware configurations in exchange for a certain fee. The web servers are placed in datacenters with special cooling and emergency power systems to guarantee uninterrupted network uptime.
Types of hosting services
The Internet is a bottomless sea and there are a multitude of firms delivering various hosting services to the multitude of website owners out there. The web hosting services range from free-of-charge web hosting services, where you can host plain, HTML-based sites, to costly dedicated hosting services that can drain your monthly allowance. So, what web hosting type fulfills your demands?
If you run a small or mid-sized site that has a few hundred guests max, you could safely utilize a shared hosting solution. Shared web hosting signifies that lots of web hosting accounts and websites are accommodated on one and the very same server, thus lowering the price of the web hosting service. Shared hosting accounts ordinarily have central processing unit, RAM memory, web traffic and hard drive storage space quotas to guarantee that the websites accommodated on the hosting server do not interfere with each other and do not utilize more system resources than they are allotted.
In case your website is bigger, you should consider 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-level access, which enables you to implement server configuration modifications - something that would be unthinkable on a shared hosting server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable memory options. Separate RAM memory and central processing unit portions are allotted to each single VPS web hosting server, without anyone else utilizing them. Typically there are other virtual private servers aside from yours that avail of the resources of the physical server, which could sometimes affect the overall performance, but in most circumstances it is not a problem. Should the system resources of the VPS web hosting server, though, be insufficient for your needs, it is apparently time to obtain a dedicated server.
The dedicated hosting is a physical server that you hire, which is utilized exclusively by you for your own personal web site needs. No one else shares its resources and you obtain complete server root access, can select a hardware configuration in advance, implement upgrades at a later time and install RAM or hard 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 hosting web server you can update the kernel of the OS (typically Linux-based) as well.
Pick your web hosting packages provider
If you know what your website is going to contain, or if you have just a vague plan that has not completely evolved yet, your initial move towards the creation of your web site should be to find a web hosting distributor. The best thing to do is discover a web hosting distributor that distributes a vast assortment of web hosting solutions so that you do not have to switch hosts if you first make use of a shared web hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and need to move to a private virtual web hosting server or a dedicated hosting solution. We, for instance, offer budget-priced shared website hosting packages, affordable OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based VPS server web hosting packages, semi-dedicated hosting servers with their own Control Panel and even dedicated server web hosting packages. We also offer charge-free gifts - the shared website hosting affordable domain if they are paid for on a yearly basis, the more advanced VPS server packages and dedicated web hosting server plans offer a free-of-charge domain reseller account and invoicing software in case you wish to utilize them for reselling purposes. Throw in the excellent 24x7x365 customer service and you have all you would normally need. You could, by all means, find other web hosting vendors depending on what precisely you are looking for, by conducting an online survey or by checking different web hosting reviews online. The most appropriate option, though, is a web hosting plans provider that is also a domain name registrar and has web servers in more than one country - both prerequisites met by us. We have servers in the United States of America, in the UK and in Australia, and offer a plethora of domain extensions for registration.