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If you want to create a website and render it accessible to the whole world, it has to be located on a web server. This service is called is hosting.
Host your site at home or in another place
You could host your web site on your own personal computer at your house or at your workplace, on a personal computer which belongs to a comrade of yours, etc. If it is a web site for testing purposes, there would be no real reason for you to discover a more powerful website hosting solution than that. If you want to create an actual website, however, which will be reachable by a lot of viewers and you wish to make it reliable, you will also need a dependable web server on which you will host it.
Why do you require a hosting server for your 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 physical server in your browser, though, is not the best and most appropriate method to reach a web site. That is how and why domain names came into being and why you need one for your web site. Thus, to create your website, you require your own domain name and a web server to host your site on.
Hosting your site yourself
If you are an Information Technology specialist and understand how to handle a hosting server, you can have a web hosting server of your very own and host your site on it. This will permit you to exert full control over the web hosting server, to make server configuration changes and to install software updates yourself instead of relying on the data center personnel. The drawback, though, is that you will have to guarantee the availability of your website and to deal with all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are making use of a licensed Operating System, you will also need to spend cash on the license, which is usually more expensive if purchased for a whole web hosting server.
Using a hosting accounts provider
If you don't want to handle server maintenance procedures, the best step to take is to register an account with a web hosting distributor. These are companies that offer clients powerful hosting servers with different hardware configurations for a given fee. The web hosting servers are held in data center facilities with special cooling and emergency power supply systems to guarantee continuous Internet access.
Varieties of web hosting services
The World Wide Web is an immense ocean and there are a myriad of hosting firms delivering various hosting services to the plethora of web site owners out there. The web hosting services vary from free-of-charge hosting services, where you can host basic, HTML-based sites, to costly dedicated web hosting services that can suck your monthly budget dry. So, what web hosting type fits your needs?
If you run a small or medium-size website that has several hundred viewers max, you could safely utilize a shared hosting solution. Shared hosting implies that lots of hosting customers and sites are hosted on one and the very same server, thus lowering the price of the web hosting service. Shared web hosting accounts normally involve central processing unit, RAM memory, traffic and web space quotas to make sure that the web sites hosted on the web server do not interfere with each other and do not use more system resources than they are apportioned.
If your website is more resource-devouring, you should consider a VPS hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. It offers root privileges, which enables you to make server configuration changes - something that would be inconceivable on a shared web hosting server. The VPSs also offer burstable memory options. Separate RAM and CPU portions are allocated to each single virtual private web server, without anyone else using them. Typically there are other VPSs beside yours that avail of the system resources of the physical server, which could at times affect the overall performance, but in most circumstances it's of no concern. Should the system resources of the private virtual web server, though, be insufficient for your needs, it is apparently time to consider a dedicated server.
The dedicated servers is a server that you lease, which is used exclusively by you for your very own personal website needs. Nobody else shares its resources and you obtain complete server root access, can choose the hardware in advance, apply upgrades later on and install RAM or hard 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 server you can modify the kernel of the OS (usually Linux-based) as well.
Pick your hosting services provider
If you know what your website is going to contain, or if you have only a loose idea that has not completely evolved yet, your first step towards the creation of your web site should be to find a hosting plans provider. The most reasonable step to take is to find a web hosting accounts provider that distributes a wide assortment of hosting solutions so that you do not need to change hosting providers in case you first make use of a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and have to upgrade to a private virtual hosting server or a dedicated server. We, for example, deliver affordable shared website hosting packages, low-cost OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based private virtual web hosting server plans, semi-dedicated servers with their own hosting Control Panel user interface and even dedicated server plans. We also offer free bounties - the shared website hosting cheap domain if they are paid for on a yearly basis, the more powerful VPS packages and dedicated hosting web server plans offer a free-of-cost domain reseller account and billing software in case you decide to use them for reselling purposes. Throw in the top-notch 24x7 customer support service and you have all you would normally need. You could, undoubtedly, find other hosting providers depending on what exactly you are looking for, by carrying out an online search or by checking additional online web hosting reviews. The most reasonable option, however, is a web hosting solutions provider that is also a domain registrar and has web hosting servers in more than one country - both prerequisites satisfied by us. We have servers in the United States of America, in Britain and in Australia, and offer a plethora of domain extensions for registration.