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What Does Web Hosting Stand for?
If you desire to launch a site and make it accessible to the whole world, it needs to be located on a web server. This service is known as is web hosting.
Host your website at home or somewhere else
You could host your website on your own personal computer at your house or at your workplace, on a personal computer which belongs to a pal of yours, and so on. If it is a website for testing purposes, there would be no real need for you to seek a more dependable web hosting service than that. If you want to set up a real website, however, which will be accessible to plenty of visitors and you desire to make it reliable, you will also require a reliable server on which you will host it.
Why do you require a hosting server for your web site?
When you own a website, it is hosted on a physical server. That physical machine has its own physical address called IP address. Typing the IP of the server in your browser, though, is not the best and simplest way to pay a visit to a web site. That is how and why domains came into being and why you need one for your website. So, to create your website, you need your own domain name and a server to host your website on.
Hosting your site on your own
If you are an Information Technology professional and know how to tackle a web hosting server, you can have a web server of your own and host your web site on it. This will permit you to exercise complete control over the hosting server, to make server configuration changes and to apply software updates yourself instead of relying on the datacenter staff. The weakness, however, is that you will have to guarantee the uptime of your site and to cope with all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are using a licensed OS, you will also need to invest money in the license, which is usually more expensive if purchased for a whole hosting server.
Using a web hosting distributor
If you don't want to cope with server maintenance duties, the most reasonable step to take is to open an account with a web hosting distributor. These are firms that offer customers powerful web servers with different hardware configurations for a certain fee. The web hosting servers are situated in datacenter facilities with special cooling and emergency power systems to guarantee constant network connectivity.
Types of hosting services
The web is an endless sea and there are a myriad of web hosting suppliers delivering various hosting services to the myriad of web site owners out there. The hosting services range from free web hosting services, where you can host basic, HTML-based web pages, to costly dedicated web hosting services that can suck your funds dry. So, what type of hosting answers your demands?
If you own a small or average-sized web page that has several hundred viewers tops, you could safely resort to a shared hosting solution. Shared web hosting means that a lot of shared web hosting accounts and sites are hosted on one and the same server, thus reducing the price of the web hosting service. Shared accounts typically include central processing unit, memory, traffic and server hard drive storage space usage quotas to ensure that the websites hosted on the hosting server do not intervene with each other and do not utilize more system resources than they are allotted.
In case your web site is busier, you should consider a VPS hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. It gives you full root privileges, which permits you to implement server configuration modifications - something that would be unthinkable on a shared hosting server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable RAM memory options. Separate RAM memory and CPU portions are assigned to each individual VPS hosting server, without anyone else utilizing them. Typically there are other virtual private servers beside yours that avail of the resources of the physical server, which could occasionally influence the overall performance, but in the majority of situations it's of no concern. Should the system resources of the private virtual web server, though, be inadequate for your needs, it is clearly time to shift to a dedicated web server.
The dedicated hosting is a server that you lease, which is utilized solely by you for your own website needs. Nobody else shares its resources and you gain complete server root access, can choose a hardware configuration in advance, implement updates at a later time and install 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 revise the kernel of the Operating System (usually Linux-based) too.
Select your hosting solutions provider
If you have a vision of what your web site is going to be composed of, or if you have just a loose plan that has not completely evolved yet, your first move towards the creation of your site should be to discover a web hosting distributor. The most relevant step to take is to discover a hosting services provider that offers an enormous assortment of website hosting solutions so that you do not need to change hosting service providers in case you first avail of a shared web hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and need to move to a private virtual hosting server solution or a dedicated server hosting solution. We, for instance, supply budget-priced shared hosting plans, low-cost OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based private virtual server packages, semi-dedicated hosting servers with their own Control Panel and even dedicated web hosting server packages. We also offer charge-free bonuses - the shared website hosting cheap domain name if they are paid for on a yearly basis, the more powerful virtual private web hosting server plans and dedicated server plans offer a charge-free domain name reseller account and billing software in case you wish to utilize them for reselling purposes. Add the exceptional 24/7 customer service and you have all you would typically require. You could, of course, find other web hosting providers depending on what precisely you are searching for, by conducting an online search or by reading different hosting reviews online. The best choice, though, is a hosting provider that is also a domain registrar and has web servers in more than one country - both prerequisites satisfied by us. We have hosting servers in the USA, in Britain and in Australia, and offer loads of domain name extensions for registration.