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What is Hosting?

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If you want to set up a site and make it available for the whole world to see, it has to be located on a web hosting server. This service is known as is hosting.

Host your website at home or somewhere else

You could host your site on your own computer at home or at work, on a PC which belongs to a pal of yours, etc. If it is a web site for testing purposes, there would be no real need for you to search for a more powerful hosting solution than that. If you would like to create an actual website, though, which will be visible to lots of people and you would like to make it reliable, you will also need a stable web hosting server where you will host it.

Why do you require a server for your 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 Internet Protocol address of the machine in your web browser's address bar, however, is not the best and most suitable method to open a website. That is how and why domains came into existence and why you need one for your site. Therefore, to create your web site, you need a domain name of your own and a hosting server to host your website on.

Hosting your site on your own

If you are an IT professional and know how to tackle a web server, you can have a server of your own and host your website on it. This will allow you to exert complete control over the physical machine, to implement server configuration modifications and to apply software updates yourself instead of relying on the datacenter personnel. The weakness, however, is that you will have to ensure the visibility of your web site and to take care of all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are availing of a licensed Operating System, you will also have to invest money in the license, which is typically more high-priced if bought for a whole web server.

Using a web hosting provider

If you don't want to take care of server maintenance procedures, the best solution is to open an account with a web hosting packages provider. These are firms that offer customers powerful hosting servers with different hardware configurations for a certain tax. The web hosting servers are situated in data centers with special cooling and emergency power systems to ensure continuous network uptime.

Kinds of hosting services

The World Wide Web is a broad ocean and there are a lot of web hosting suppliers offering different hosting services to the multitude of web site possessors out there. The hosting services range from free-of-charge web hosting services, where you can host basic, HTML-based sites, to costly dedicated server hosting services that can suck your monthly budget dry. So, what type of hosting meets your requirements?

If you own a small or average-size site that has a few hundred visitors max, you could safely resort to a shared web hosting solution. Shared web hosting implies that multiple shared hosting accounts and sites are accommodated on one and the same server, thus reducing the price of the hosting service. Shared hosting accounts ordinarily include CPU, RAM, web traffic and hosting server disk storage space quotas to ensure that the websites accommodated on the server do not intervene with each other and do not use more system resources than they are assigned.

If your site is more resource-swallowing, 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 offers full root access, which allows you to implement server configuration changes - something that would be unthinkable on a shared hosting web server. The VPSs also offer burstable RAM options. Separate RAM memory and central processing unit shares are allotted to each individual virtual private hosting server, without anyone else using them. Typically there are other VPSs beside your own that avail of the system resources of the physical server, which could occasionally affect the overall performance, but in most situations it's of no concern. Should the system resources of the virtual private hosting server, though, be inadequate for your needs, it is clearly time to move to a dedicated web hosting server.

The dedicated servers is a physical machine that you lease, which is utilized solely by you for your own website needs. No one else uses its system resources and you get full server root access, can choose a hardware configuration in advance, add updates 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 containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated web server you can update the kernel of the Operating System (usually Linux-based) as well.

Select your web host

If you know what your website is going to consist of, or if you have just a vague idea that has not completely evolved yet, your initial move towards the creation of your site should be to discover a web hosting provider. The smartest step to take is to find a web host that distributes an extensive selection of hosting solutions so that you do not have to change hosting service providers if you first make use of a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and have to switch to a VPS web server hosting solution or a dedicated web server solution. We, for example, deliver modestly priced shared website hosting packages, cut-price OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based private virtual web hosting server plans, semi-dedicated servers with their own web hosting Control Panel interface and even dedicated hosting servers. We also offer cost-free presents - the shared web hosting low-cost domain if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more powerful virtual web server packages and dedicated hosting servers come with a cost-free domain reseller account and billing software should you decide to utilize them for reselling purposes. Throw in the topflight 24x7x365 customer support service and you have all you would normally need. You could, doubtlessly, find other hosting companies depending on what exactly you are looking for, by conducting an online search or by reading additional hosting reviews online. The wisest option, however, is a hosting provider that is also a domain registrar and has hosting servers in more than one country - both preconditions satisfied by us. We have web hosting servers in America, in the UK and in Australia, and offer multiple domain extensions for registration.

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