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If you desire to create a web site and render it available for the whole world to see, it has to be hosted on a web hosting server. The name of this service is web hosting.

Host your site at home or somewhere else

You could host your website on your own PC at your house or at your workplace, on a PC which belongs to an acquaintance of yours, etc. If it is a web site for testing purposes, there would be no real reason for you to seek a more powerful hosting service than that. If you desire to develop an actual web site, however, which will be accessible to a lot of individuals and you wish to make it dependable, you will also require a reliable web server on which you will host it.

Why do you need a server for your web site?

When you have a web site, it is located on a physical server. That physical machine has its own physical address called Internet Protocol address. Typing the IP of the machine in your browser's address bar, however, is not the best and most convenient means to open a web site. That is how and why domain names came into being and why you need one for your website. Therefore, to create your web site, you require a domain of your own and a hosting server to host your web site on.

Hosting your site yourself

If you are an Information Technology professional and know how to work with a server, you can have a hosting server of your very own and host your web site on it. This will enable you to exert full control over the hosting server, to implement server configuration changes and to install software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the datacenter staff. The negative side, though, is that you will need to guarantee the accessibility of your web site and to handle all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are making use of a licensed OS, you will also have to pay for the license, which is typically more costly if purchased for an entire physical server.

Using a web hosting supplier

If you don't want to handle server maintenance procedures, the most logical step to take is to register an account with a web hosting supplier. These are companies that offer clients powerful web hosting servers with various hardware configurations for a given fee. The web servers are stored in data center facilities with special cooling and backup power systems to ensure constant Internet connectivity.

Types of hosting services

The World Wide Web is a wide sea and there are a lot of hosting firms offering different hosting services to the multitude of website proprietors out there. The hosting services vary from cost-free web hosting services, where you can host simple, HTML-based web pages, to expensive dedicated web hosting services that can drain your funds. So, what web hosting type meets your demands?

If you have a small or average-size website that has a few hundred viewers tops, you could safely utilize a shared web hosting solution. Shared web hosting means that numerous shared web hosting customers and websites are hosted on the same web hosting server, thus reducing the price of the service. Shared hosting accounts typically include CPU, RAM, bandwidth and server disk drive storage space usage quotas to make sure that the web sites accommodated on the web server do not interfere with each other and do not use more resources than they are allocated.

In case your website is more resource-consuming, you should select 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 privileges, which allows you to implement server configuration modifications - something that would be inconceivable on a shared hosting web server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable RAM memory options. Separate RAM memory and central processing unit portions are allocated to each single private virtual hosting server, without anyone else utilizing them. Typically there are other virtual private servers aside from yours that avail of the system resources of the physical server, which could sometimes influence the overall performance, but in most cases it's of no concern. Should the system resources of the private virtual web hosting server, though, be insufficient for your needs, it is plainly time to order a dedicated server.

The dedicated hosting is a physical machine that you lease, which is used only by you for your very own web site needs. Nobody else uses its system resources and you are granted complete server root access, can select a hardware architecture in advance, apply upgrades later on 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 hosting server you can revise the kernel of the OS (typically Linux-based) too.

Pick your web hosting packages provider

If you have a vision of what your website is going to contain, or if you have only a loose idea that has not fully matured yet, your initial move towards the creation of your site should be to pick a hosting packages provider. The most reasonable step to take is to discover a web hosting solutions provider that distributes a broad range of hosting solutions so that you do not need to swap providers in case you first avail of a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and have to shift to a virtual private hosting server solution or a dedicated web server solution. We, for example, supply cut-rate shared website hosting packages, moderately priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based virtual private web server packages, semi-dedicated hosting servers with their own hosting Control Panel user interface and even dedicated web hosting server plans. We also offer free-of-charge bounties - the shared website hosting cheap domain name if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more powerful VPS server hosting plans and dedicated web server hosting plans include a charge-free domain name reseller account and billing software in case you wish to use them for reselling purposes. Throw in the high-quality 24/7 customer support service and you have all you would usually require. You could, certainly, find other web hosting providers depending on what exactly you are looking for, by conducting an online search or by reading different online hosting reviews. The most reasonable choice, however, is a web hosting vendor that is also a domain registrar and has web servers in more than one country - both preconditions fulfilled by us. We have web servers in the US, in the United Kingdom and in Australia, and offer loads of domain name extensions for registration.

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