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What Exactly is Hosting?

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If you wish to create a site and make it available for the whole world to see, it needs to be located on a web server. This service is known as is hosting.

Host your website at home or somewhere else

You could host your web site on your own personal personal computer at home or at work, on a personal computer which belongs to a comrade of yours, and so on. If it is a web site for testing purposes, there would be no real need for you to search for a more reliable website hosting service than that. If you want to develop a real website, though, which will be reachable by a lot of viewers and you wish to make it reliable, you will also require a reliable web hosting server on which you will host it.

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

When you own a web site, it is located on a physical machine. That physical server has its own physical address known also as Internet Protocol address. Typing the IP of the physical server in your web browser, however, is not the best and simplest means to reach a website. That is how and why domain names came into existence and why you are in need of one for your site. Therefore, to establish your site, you need your own personal domain name and a server to host your web site on.

Hosting your web site on your own

If you are an IT professional and understand how to tackle a web server, you can have a server of your own and host your web site on it. This will permit you to exert full authority over the physical server, to implement server configuration modifications and to install software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the datacenter personnel. The drawback, though, is that you will have to guarantee the visibility 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 cash on the license, which normally costs more if purchased for a whole server.

Using a hosting services provider

If you don't want to take care of server maintenance tasks, the wisest step to take is to sign up for an account with a web hosting vendor. These are firms that offer clients powerful web servers with different hardware configurations for a certain tax. The servers are kept in data center facilities with special cooling and UPS systems to ensure continuous network connectivity.

Varieties of web hosting services

The web is a broad sea and there are a lot of hosting companies offering different hosting services to the myriad of web site owners out there. The hosting services range from free-of-cost hosting services, where you can host basic, HTML-based web sites, to high-priced dedicated web server hosting services that can suck your funds dry. So, what web hosting type fulfills your demands?

If you possess a small or mid-size site that has several hundred visitors tops, you could safely resort to a shared web hosting solution. Shared hosting signifies that a lot of customers and sites are accommodated on the very same server, thus decreasing the price of the web hosting service. Shared hosting accounts commonly involve central processing unit, RAM memory, bandwidth and hosting space usage quotas to ensure that the web sites hosted on the hosting server do not interfere with each other and do not utilize more system resources than they are assigned.

In case your website is more resource-demanding, you should opt for a VPS hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. It gives you full root-level access, which allows you to implement server configuration modifications - something that would be unthinkable on a shared web hosting server. The VPSs also offer burstable RAM options. Separate RAM memory and CPU shares are assigned to each individual virtual web server, without anyone else utilizing them. Usually there are other VPSs aside from your own that use the system resources of the physical server, which could at times affect 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 shift to a dedicated hosting web server.

The dedicated servers is a physical machine that you rent, which is utilized solely by you for your own personal website needs. No one else uses its resources and you are given full root-level access, can choose the hardware in advance, add updates 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 hosting web server you can revise the kernel of the OS (usually Linux-based) as well.

Select your web hosting vendor

If you know what your site is going to include, or if you have only a loose idea that has not fully evolved yet, your very first step towards the creation of your web site should be to pick a web hosting packages provider. The most relevant step to take is to find a web hosting packages provider that distributes a vast selection of hosting solutions so that you do not need to change service providers if you first avail of a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and need to shift to a VPS server solution or a dedicated web hosting server. We, for instance, furnish low-priced shared web hosting plans, cut-rate OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based VPS server hosting plans, semi-dedicated servers with their own hosting Control Panel user interface and even dedicated hosting packages. We also offer free-of-cost bounties - the shared web hosting cheap domain name if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more advanced virtual web hosting servers and dedicated server hosting packages come with a charge-free domain reseller account and billing software in case you decide to utilize them for reselling purposes. Throw in the excellent 24/7 tech support service and you have all you would typically require. You could, without a doubt, find other web hosting providers depending on what precisely you are looking for, by carrying out an online survey or by examining different web hosting reviews online. The wisest choice, however, is a web host that is also a domain name registrar and has hosting servers in more than one country - both prerequisites fulfilled by us. We have hosting servers in the USA, in Great Britain and in Australia, and offer plenty of domain name extensions for registration.

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