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Description of Web Hosting

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If you want to launch a web site and make it visible to the whole world, it must be hosted on a web hosting server. This service is called is web hosting.

Host your web site at home or somewhere else

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 web site for experimenting purposes, there would be no real reason for you to search for a more stable website hosting solution than that. If you want to launch a real website, however, which will be reachable by numerous visitors and you desire to make it dependable, you will also need a stable server on which you will host it.

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

When you have a website, it is located on a physical machine. That physical server has its own physical address known also as IP address. Typing the IP of the machine in your web browser's address bar, though, is not the best and easiest means to pay a visit to a website. That is how and why domain names came into being and why you need one for your website. Hence, to launch your web site, you need a domain of your own and a web hosting server to host your web site on.

Hosting your web site yourself

If you are an IT professional and know how to manage a hosting server, you can have a hosting server of your own and host your website on it. This will enable you to exercise full authority over the web hosting server, to make server configuration modifications and to install software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the datacenter staff. The disadvantage, however, is that you will need to guarantee the availability of your website and to handle all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are making use of a licensed Operating System, you will also need to pay for the license, which is normally more expensive if bought for an entire machine.

Using a web hosting services provider

If you don't want to take care of server maintenance procedures, the most relevant step to take is to register an account with a web hosting vendor. These are companies that offer clients powerful servers with various hardware configurations in exchange for a certain fee. The servers are held in data centers with special cooling and UPS systems to ensure continuous website availability.

Types of hosting services

The web is a vast sea and there are a lot of web hosting distributors delivering various hosting services to the multitude of web site proprietors out there. The web hosting services vary from free-of-cost hosting services, where you can host simple, HTML-based web sites, to high-priced dedicated hosting services that can drain your monthly budget. So, what web hosting type corresponds to your needs?

If you have a small or medium-sized site that has a few hundred guests tops, you could safely make use of a shared hosting solution. Shared web hosting implies that multiple hosting user accounts and sites are hosted on the same web hosting server, thus slashing the price of the hosting service. Shared web hosting accounts commonly involve central processing unit, RAM memory, traffic and hosting server disk drive space quotas to make certain that the web sites accommodated on the web server do not intervene with each other and do not utilize more resources than they are assigned.

In case your website is more resource-devouring, you should opt for a VPS hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. It gives you root privileges, which permits you to make server configuration changes - something that would be inconceivable on a shared hosting server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable RAM options. Separate RAM and CPU portions are allocated to each single VPS server, without anyone else using them. Typically there are other virtual private servers beside your own that use the 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 virtual private web server, though, be insufficient for your needs, it is apparently time to order a dedicated web hosting server.

The dedicated hosting is a physical server that you hire, which is utilized just by you for your very own personal web site needs. Nobody else shares its resources and you acquire root-level access, can choose a hardware architecture in advance, add updates later on and install RAM or hard drives. Unlike with the virtual private servers where virtualization is mainly at the OS level and all virtual containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated web server you can update the kernel of the OS (usually Linux-based) too.

Choose your web hosting services provider

If you have a vision of what your web site is going to be composed of, or if you have just a loose idea that has not completely matured yet, your first step towards the creation of your website should be to find a web hosting provider. The best thing to do is find a hosting services provider that offers an extensive range of website hosting solutions so that you do not need to switch web hosts if you first use a shared web hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and have to switch to a virtual private web server hosting solution or a dedicated web hosting server. We, for example, distribute modestly priced shared website hosting plans, low-cost OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based private virtual web server hosting plans, semi-dedicated hosting servers with their own hosting Control Panel user interface and even dedicated server hosting packages. We also offer free-of-charge gifts - the shared website hosting low-cost domain name if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more advanced virtual server hosting plans and dedicated web hosting server packages offer a free-of-cost domain reseller account and invoicing software in case you wish to utilize them for reselling purposes. Throw in the top-notch round-the-clock customer support service and you have all you would typically need. You could, by all means, discover other hosting suppliers depending on what exactly you are looking for, by carrying out an online survey or by examining different hosting reviews online. The most intelligent option, however, is a web hosting supplier that is also a domain name registrar and has servers in more than one country - both requirements met by us. We have servers in the US, in England and in Australia, and offer plenty of domain extensions for registration.

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