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If you want to build a website and render it available for the whole world to see, it needs to be hosted on a hosting server. This service is known as is hosting.

Host your web site at home or somewhere else

You could host your site on your own personal PC at home or at work, on a computer which belongs to a buddy of yours, and so on. If it is a web site for testing purposes, there would be no real reason for you to discover a more stable website hosting solution than that. If you wish to develop an actual web site, though, which will be accessible to many individuals and you would like to make it dependable, you will also require a dependable server on which you will host it.

Why do you require a web server for your website?

When you have a web site, it is located on a physical machine. That physical machine has its own physical address called Internet Protocol address. Typing the IP address of the physical server in your web browser's address bar, though, is not the best and most appropriate method to visit a web site. That is how and why domains came into existence and why you need one for your web site. Therefore, to launch your website, you need your own domain and a hosting server to host your web site on.

Hosting your site on your own

If you are an Information Technology specialist and understand how to administer a server, you can have a web server of your very own and host your website on it. This will enable you to have complete authority over the physical machine, to implement server configuration modifications and to install software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the data center staff. The drawback, however, is that you will have to ensure the availability of your web site and to deal with all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are availing of a licensed OS, you will also need to spend cash on the license, which is usually more expensive if purchased for an entire web hosting server.

Using a web hosting provider

If you don't want to deal with server maintenance procedures, the most logical step to take is to sign up for an account with a web hosting company. These are firms that offer clients powerful servers with various hardware configurations for a given tax. The servers are physically located in data centers with special cooling and emergency power supply systems to guarantee uninterrupted website accessibility.

Varieties of hosting services

The World Wide Web is a deep sea and there are a multitude of web hosting service providers offering different hosting services to the plethora of website possessors out there. The web hosting services vary from cost-free web hosting services, where you can host plain, HTML-based web pages, to costly dedicated web server hosting services that can drain your monthly allowance. So, what type of hosting meets your requirements?

If you have a small or medium-size web site that has several hundred viewers tops, you could safely use a shared web hosting solution. Shared web hosting signifies that plenty of shared hosting accounts and websites are hosted on the very same web server, thus lowering the price of the web hosting service. Shared web hosting accounts usually involve CPU, RAM, bandwidth and web server disk drive space quotas to guarantee that the websites hosted on the web hosting server do not meddle with each other and do not use more resources than they are allocated.

If your site is more resource-consuming, 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 full root-level access, which enables you to implement server configuration modifications - something that would be inconceivable on a shared web hosting server. The VPSs also offer burstable RAM options. Separate RAM and central processing unit portions are assigned to each individual virtual hosting server, without anyone else using them. Typically there are other VPSs aside from your own that share the system resources of the physical machine, which could sometimes influence the overall performance, but in most situations it's of no concern. Should the resources of the virtual web hosting server, however, be insufficient for your needs, it is obviously time to switch to a dedicated hosting server.

The dedicated packages is a server that you lease, which is used just by you for your very own personal web site needs. Nobody else uses its system resources and you have full server root privileges, can choose a hardware configuration in advance, add upgrades later on and install RAM or hard disks. Unlike with the VPSs where virtualization is mainly at the OS level and all containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated web server you can update the kernel of the OS (typically Linux-based) too.

Pick your web hosting vendor

If you have a vision of what your website is going to contain, or if you have only a vague plan that has not completely matured yet, your initial move towards the creation of your web site should be to select a hosting vendor. The best thing to do is discover a web hosting vendor that provides a large variety of web hosting solutions so that you do not need to swap web hosting service providers in case you first avail of a shared hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and have to switch to a virtual private web hosting server solution or a dedicated hosting server. We, for example, furnish cheap shared web hosting plans, low-priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based VPS server web hosting plans, semi-dedicated servers with their own Control Panel and even dedicated web server plans. We also offer free gifts - the shared website hosting cheap domain name if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more advanced virtual web server hosting plans and dedicated server web hosting packages include a charge-free domain reseller account and billing software should you decide to utilize them for reselling purposes. Throw in the high-quality 24/7 customer support service and you have all you would typically require. You could, without a doubt, discover other hosting suppliers depending on what precisely you are looking for, by conducting an online survey or by examining additional online web hosting reviews. The most reasonable option, though, is a web hosting packages provider that is also a domain name registrar and has hosting servers in more than one country - both requirements fulfilled by us. We have web hosting servers in America, in England and in Australia, and offer a lot of domain extensions for registration.

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