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What is Hosting?

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If you wish to build a website and render it visible to the whole world, it must be hosted on a server. This service is called is hosting.

Host your site at home or elsewhere

You could host your website on your own personal computer at home or at work, on a computer which belongs to a chum of yours, and so on. If it is a web site for experimenting purposes, there would be no real reason for you to find a more stable website hosting service than that. If you wish to create a real web site, though, which will be reachable by lots of persons and you desire to make it reliable, you will also need a stable server on which you will host it.

Why do you require a hosting server for your website?

When you have a website, it is hosted on a physical server. That physical server has its own physical address known also as Internet Protocol address. Writing the IP address of the server in your web browser's address bar, however, is not the best and easiest method to pay a visit to a web site. That is how and why domain names came into being and why you are in need of one for your website. So, to launch your web site, you require your own personal domain name and a server to host your web site on.

Hosting your web site yourself

If you are an Information Technology pro and understand how to take care of a web server, you can have a server of your own and host your site on it. This will allow you to have complete authority over the physical machine, to implement server configuration changes and to apply software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the data center personnel. The downside, however, is that you will have to guarantee the accessibility of your web site and to take care of all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are making use of a licensed Operating System, you will also have to spend money on the license, which usually costs more if bought for an entire physical server.

Using a hosting plans provider

If you don't want to cope with server maintenance procedures, the wisest step to take is to open an account with a web hosting services provider. These are firms that offer clients powerful hosting servers with different hardware configurations in exchange for a given fee. The web hosting servers are placed in data center facilities with special cooling and UPS systems to guarantee constant website accessibility.

Kinds of hosting services

The web is a bottomless sea and there are a lot of hosting vendors delivering different hosting services to the multitude of web site proprietors out there. The hosting services range from charge-free web hosting services, where you can host plain, HTML-based sites, to high-priced dedicated hosting services that can drain your monthly budget. So, what web hosting type fits your demands?

If you run a small or medium-size website that has a few hundred guests tops, you could safely utilize a shared web hosting solution. Shared web hosting suggests that plenty of users and websites are accommodated on the same web server, thus decreasing the price of the hosting service. Shared accounts usually include CPU, RAM, web traffic and web content storage space usage quotas to guarantee that the web sites accommodated on the web hosting server do not interfere with each other and do not utilize more resources than they are assigned.

If your site is more resource-requiring, you should choose 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 gives you root access, which permits you to make server configuration modifications - something that would be inconceivable on a shared server. The VPSs also offer burstable RAM options. Separate RAM and central processing unit shares are allotted to each individual VPS hosting server, without anyone else utilizing them. Typically there are other VPSs aside from yours that use the system resources of the physical machine, which could sometimes influence the overall performance, but in the majority of instances it's of no concern. Should the resources of the VPS web server, though, be inadequate for your needs, it is apparently time to get a dedicated hosting web server.

The dedicated servers is a physical machine that you hire, which is utilized only by you for your own personal website needs. No one else uses its system resources and you acquire full root privileges, can choose a hardware configuration in advance, apply upgrades at a later time and add RAM or disk drives. Unlike with the VPSs where virtualization is mostly at the Operating System level and all virtual containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated web server you can revise the kernel of the OS (usually Linux-based) as well.

Select your web hosting services provider

If you have a vision of what your website is going to include, or if you have only a vague plan that has not completely evolved yet, your very first step towards the creation of your site should be to find a web hosting supplier. The most logical step to take is to discover a web hosting plans provider that distributes a broad selection of website hosting services so that you do not have to swap hosting service providers in case you first avail of a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and need to move to a private virtual server web hosting solution or a dedicated server solution. We, for instance, provide low-cost shared hosting plans, modestly priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based private virtual servers, semi-dedicated servers with their own web hosting Control Panel interface and even dedicated web server packages. We also offer free presents - the shared web hosting affordable domain if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more advanced VPS web hosting servers and dedicated web hosting server plans come with a cost-free domain name reseller account and invoicing software in case you wish to use them for reselling purposes. Throw in the exceptional 24-7 customer support service and you have all you would typically need. You could, of course, find other hosting vendors depending on what precisely you are looking for, by carrying out an online survey or by reading additional web hosting reviews. The most appropriate option, however, is a web hosting distributor that is also a domain name registrar and has web hosting servers in more than one country - both prerequisites fulfilled by us. We have web hosting servers in the United States of America, in Britain and in Australia, and offer a myriad of domain extensions for registration.

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