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If you would like to build a website and make it available for the whole world to see, it needs to be hosted on a hosting server. The name of this service is shared hosting.

Host your website at home or in another place

You could host your site on your own personal computer at your house or at your workplace, on a personal computer which belongs to an acquaintance of yours, etc. If it is a site for testing purposes, there would be no real reason for you to look for a more stable hosting solution than that. If you desire to establish an actual website, however, which will be accessible to plenty of people and you desire to make it dependable, you will also require a reliable web hosting server where you will host it.

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

When you have a site, it is located on a physical machine. That physical server has its own physical address called Internet Protocol address. Writing the IP of the server in your web browser's address bar, though, is not the best and easiest method to open a web site. That is how and why domains came into being and why you are in need of one for your site. So, to set up your website, you require a domain of your own and a server to host your site on.

Hosting your website yourself

If you are an Information Technology professional and know how to manage a web hosting server, you can have a hosting server of your own and host your site on it. This will permit you to exert complete control over the machine, to implement server configuration changes and to apply software updates yourself instead of relying on the data center personnel. The negative side, though, is that you will have to ensure the accessibility of your site and to deal with all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are using a licensed OS, you will also need to invest cash in the license, which normally costs more if purchased for a whole machine.

Using a web hosting supplier

If you don't want to handle server maintenance duties, the smartest step to take is to sign up for an account with a web hosting packages provider. These are firms that offer clients powerful servers with different hardware configurations in exchange for a given fee. The web hosting servers are located in datacenters with special cooling and UPS systems to ensure continuous service uptime.

Kinds of hosting services

The web is an immense sea and there are plenty of corporations offering different hosting services to the myriad of website proprietors out there. The hosting services vary from free-of-charge web hosting services, where you can host simple, HTML-based web pages, to expensive dedicated server web hosting services that can suck your resources dry. So, what type of hosting fits your needs?

If you possess a small or mid-size site that has several hundred viewers max, you could safely utilize a shared hosting solution. Shared hosting means that many hosting accounts and websites are hosted on the very same server, thus slashing the price of the hosting service. Shared hosting accounts usually include central processing unit, RAM, traffic and hosting server hard disk space usage quotas to make certain that the sites accommodated on the server do not meddle with each other and do not use more system resources than they are allocated.

In case your site is more resource-consuming, you should consider a virtual private servers hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated servers hosting solution. VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. It offers root access, which allows you to make server configuration modifications - something that would be inconceivable on a shared hosting server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable memory options. Separate RAM memory and CPU portions are allotted to each single virtual private web server, without anyone else using them. Usually there are other virtual private servers beside your own that utilize the system resources of the physical server, which could at times affect the overall performance, but in most situations it is not a problem. Should the system resources of the private virtual hosting server, however, be inadequate for your needs, it is apparently time to consider a dedicated hosting server.

The dedicated servers is a server that you hire, which is utilized solely by you for your very own personal web site needs. No one else uses its resources and you acquire complete root-level access, can select a hardware configuration in advance, implement updates at a later time 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 web server you can modify the kernel of the OS (typically Linux-based) as well.

Pick your web hosting plans provider

If you know what your web site is going to comprise, or if you have just a loose idea that has not fully matured yet, your first move towards the creation of your web site should be to pick a hosting accounts provider. The most reasonable step to take is to discover a web hosting services provider that furnishes an enormous assortment of hosting solutions so that you do not have to switch hosts if you first use a shared hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and have to move to a virtual web server or a dedicated server. We, for instance, supply reasonably priced shared web hosting packages, modestly priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based private virtual servers, semi-dedicated servers with their own hosting Control Panel interface and even dedicated hosting servers. We also offer free bounties - the shared website hosting affordable domain if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more powerful virtual private web server hosting packages and dedicated server hosting packages offer a charge-free domain name reseller account and invoicing software should you wish to utilize them for reselling purposes. Throw in the exceptional 24x7 customer service and you have all you would usually require. You could, doubtlessly, discover other web hosting corporations depending on what exactly you are searching for, by conducting an online search or by examining additional hosting reviews online. The best option, however, is a hosting services provider that is also a domain registrar and has servers in more than one country - both preconditions met by us. We have web servers in North America, in the UK and in Australia, and offer multiple domain name extensions for registration.

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