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What In Fact is Web Hosting

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

Host your web site at home or elsewhere

You could host your website on your own personal computer at home or at work, on a personal computer which belongs to a buddy of yours, and so on. If it is a website for testing purposes, there would be no real need for you to seek a more stable hosting service than that. If you want to launch a real web site, though, which will be visible to a lot of viewers and you desire to make it dependable, you will also need a dependable server on which you will host it.

Why do you need a web server for your web site?

When you have a website, it is located on a physical server. That physical server has its own physical address known also as Internet Protocol address. Typing the Internet Protocol address of the server in your browser's address bar, however, is not the best and easiest means to reach a web site. That is how and why domains appeared and why you need one for your web site. So, to set up your site, you need a domain of your own and a web hosting server to host your site on.

Hosting your web site yourself

If you are an IT specialist and understand how to manage a hosting server, you can have a hosting server of your own and host your web site on it. This will allow you to have full control over the physical server, to implement server configuration modifications and to install software updates yourself instead of relying on the datacenter staff. The negative side, however, is that you will have to guarantee the accessibility of your website and to take care of all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are using a licensed Operating System, you will also have to invest money in the license, which normally costs more if bought for an entire machine.

Using a hosting vendor

If you don't want to take care of server maintenance tasks, the most reasonable step to take is to register an account with a web hosting vendor. These are companies that offer customers powerful hosting servers with various hardware configurations for a given fee. The web servers are held in datacenter facilities with special cooling and emergency power supply systems to guarantee constant Internet connectivity.

Kinds of web hosting services

The Internet is a bottomless ocean and there are a lot of web hosting vendors offering different hosting services to the plethora of website possessors out there. The web hosting services vary from free-of-charge hosting services, where you can host basic, HTML-based sites, to costly dedicated server hosting services that can suck your finances dry. So, what hosting type matches your needs?

If you run a small or medium-size web site that has several hundred guests max, you could safely utilize a shared hosting solution. Shared web hosting implies that multiple user accounts and web sites are accommodated on one and the same server, thus decreasing the price of the web hosting service. Shared accounts ordinarily include central processing unit, memory, traffic and hard drive space quotas to make certain that the sites accommodated on the web hosting server do not interfere with each other and do not utilize more system resources than they are allocated.

If your web site is more popular, you should opt for 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 gives you full root privileges, which enables you to make server configuration modifications - something that would be unthinkable on a shared hosting web server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable RAM options. Separate RAM memory and central processing unit shares are allocated to each single private virtual hosting server, without anyone else utilizing them. Usually there are other virtual private servers beside yours that make use of the resources of the physical server, which could sometimes affect the overall performance, but in most instances it is not a problem. Should the system resources of the virtual private hosting server, however, be inadequate for your needs, it is apparently time to shift to a dedicated web hosting server.

The dedicated hosting is a physical server that you hire, which is utilized only by you for your very own website needs. No one else shares its system resources and you are bestowed with root access, can select a hardware architecture in advance, add upgrades at a later time and add RAM or disk drives. Unlike with the virtual private servers 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 modify the kernel of the Operating System (typically Linux-based) too.

Select your hosting solutions provider

If you have an idea of what your site is going to contain, or if you have just a loose plan that has not fully evolved yet, your very first move towards the creation of your web site should be to choose a hosting accounts provider. The most logical step to take is to discover a web hosting provider that provides an enormous selection of web hosting services so that you do not have to switch hosting service providers in case you first make use of a shared hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and have to shift to a private virtual server solution or a dedicated web server hosting solution. We, for instance, furnish cut-price shared website hosting plans, reasonably priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based private virtual web server packages, semi-dedicated hosting servers with their own hosting Control Panel and even dedicated web servers. We also offer free-of-charge bonuses - the shared web hosting affordable domain if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more advanced VPS web hosting server plans and dedicated web hosting server packages offer a free-of-charge domain reseller account and billing software should you wish to use them for reselling purposes. Throw in the high-quality 24x7x365 technical support service and you have all you would typically require. You could, of course, discover other hosting suppliers depending on what exactly you are searching for, by carrying out an online survey or by reading different web hosting reviews. The most intelligent option, though, is a hosting packages provider that is also a domain registrar and has hosting servers in more than one country - both prerequisites satisfied by us. We have web hosting servers in America, in England and in Australia, and offer a multitude of domain extensions for registration.

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