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Definition of Web Hosting
If you desire to build a web site and render it accessible to the whole world, it needs to be located on a hosting server. The name of this service is web hosting.
Host your website at home or elsewhere
You could host your site on your own computer at your house or at your workplace, on a PC which belongs to a mate of yours, etc. If it is a site for experimenting purposes, there would be no real need for you to discover a more dependable website hosting solution than that. If you desire to launch an actual website, though, which will be accessible to lots of persons and you want to make it dependable, you will also need a reliable server where you will host it.
Why do you need a 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 known also as IP address. Writing the Internet Protocol address of the physical server in your browser's address bar, though, is not the best and quickest way to open a web site. That is how and why domains came into existence and why you are in need of one for your website. So, to set up your web site, you need your own personal domain and a hosting server to host your website on.
Hosting your web site on your own
If you are an Information Technology pro and know how to take care of a server, you can have a web hosting server of your very own and host your web site on it. This will allow you to have full control over the physical machine, to implement server configuration modifications and to install software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the data center staff. The weak side, though, is that you will need to ensure the accessibility of your web site and to cope with all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are making use of a licensed OS, you will also have to pay for the license, which is usually more high-priced if purchased for an entire server.
Using a web hosting vendor
If you don't want to deal with server maintenance procedures, the best solution is to open an account with a web hosting supplier. These are companies that offer clients powerful web servers with different hardware configurations in exchange for a certain tax. The web servers are situated in datacenters with special cooling and UPS systems to ensure uninterrupted Internet access.
Types of hosting services
The Internet is a wide sea and there are a plethora of web hosting vendors delivering different hosting services to the myriad of website proprietors out there. The web hosting services vary from free-of-cost web hosting services, where you can host basic, HTML-based web pages, to costly dedicated web hosting services that can drain your monthly budget. So, what web hosting type meets your demands?
If you have a small or average-sized site that has several hundred viewers max, you could safely utilize a shared web hosting solution. Shared web hosting signifies that many web hosting user accounts and websites are hosted on the same web server, thus curtailing the price of the service. Shared web hosting accounts ordinarily involve CPU, memory, web traffic and hosting server disk drive space quotas to make sure that the web sites hosted on the hosting server do not meddle with each other and do not utilize more resources than they are allotted.
In case your site is bigger, you should select a VPS web hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated web hosting solution. VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. It offers full root access, which enables you to make server configuration modifications - something that would be unthinkable on a shared hosting server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable RAM options. Separate RAM and CPU shares are allocated to each individual VPS web hosting server, without anyone else utilizing them. Usually there are other virtual private servers apart from yours that make use of the system resources of the physical machine, which could occasionally affect the overall performance, but in the majority of situations it is not a problem. Should the system resources of the private virtual web server, however, be insufficient for your needs, it is clearly time to obtain a dedicated hosting web server.
The dedicated web hosting is a physical server that you hire, which is utilized only by you for your own website needs. Nobody else uses its resources and you gain root-level access, can choose a hardware architecture in advance, apply upgrades later on and add RAM or 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 server you can modify the kernel of the OS (typically Linux-based) as well.
Choose your hosting solutions provider
If you have an idea of what your website is going to comprise, or if you have only a vague plan that has not completely matured yet, your very first step towards the creation of your website should be to select a web hosting distributor. The wisest step to take is to find a provider that distributes a wide array of web hosting solutions so that you do not have to switch web hosting service providers in case you first avail of a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and need to upgrade to a virtual private hosting server or a dedicated hosting server. We, for example, deliver cut-rate shared hosting plans, inexpensive OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based private virtual server hosting plans, semi-dedicated servers with their own hosting Control Panel and even dedicated web hosting servers. We also offer free-of-cost presents - the shared website hosting cheap domain if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more powerful VPS server hosting plans and dedicated server packages come with a cost-free domain reseller account and billing software in case you decide to use them for reselling purposes. Add the first-rate 24x7 customer support service and you have all you would typically need. You could, undoubtedly, discover other web hosting companies depending on what precisely you are searching for, by conducting an online search or by checking different hosting reviews. The most suitable option, though, is a hosting vendor that is also a domain name registrar and has hosting servers in more than one country - both preconditions met by us. We have servers in the States, in the UK and in Australia, and offer plenty of domain name extensions for registration.