What is Hosting?
If you want to build a website and render it accessible to the whole world, it must be hosted on a server. This service is called is hosting.
Host your website at home or somewhere else
You could host your website on your own personal PC at your house or at your workplace, on a PC which belongs to a mate of yours, etc. If it is a web site for testing purposes, there would be no real need for you to search for a more stable website hosting solution than that. If you want to build a real web site, however, which will be visible to many viewers and you want to make it reliable, you will also require a reliable web hosting server on which you will host it.
Why do you require a hosting server for your website?
When you have a website, it is hosted on a physical machine. That physical server has its own physical address called IP address. Writing the Internet Protocol address of the physical server in your web browser, though, is not the best and most convenient means to visit a website. That is how and why domain names appeared and why you are in need of one for your website. So, to set up your site, you require your own domain name 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 work with a server, you can have a server of your very own and host your website on it. This will allow you to exert complete control over the web server, to implement server configuration changes and to install software updates yourself instead of relying on the data center staff. The negative side, though, is that you will need to ensure the availability of your web site and to deal with all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are using a licensed Operating System, you will also need to invest cash in the license, which is typically more high-priced if bought for a whole server.
Using a web hosting accounts provider
If you don't want to perform server maintenance duties, the best thing to do is open an account with a web hosting supplier. These are companies that offer customers powerful web servers with different hardware configurations for a given fee. The servers are housed in datacenters with special cooling and emergency power systems to guarantee uninterrupted website accessibility.
Varieties of web hosting services
The Internet is a wide sea and there are a multitude of service providers providing different hosting services to the multitude of website owners out there. The hosting services vary from cost-free web hosting services, where you can host basic, HTML-based sites, to expensive dedicated hosting services that can suck your funds dry. So, what web hosting type matches your requirements?
If you own a small or mid-size web site that has a few hundred guests max, you could safely use a shared web hosting solution. Shared hosting implies that a lot of web hosting users and web sites are accommodated on one and the same hosting server, thus decreasing the price of the service. Shared accounts normally have CPU, RAM memory, web traffic and web server hard drive space usage quotas to make sure that the web sites hosted on the web server do not meddle with each other and do not use more system resources than they are allocated.
If your website is more resource-swallowing, you should consider 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 root-level access, which permits you to make server configuration modifications - something that would be inconceivable on a shared hosting web server. The VPSs also offer burstable RAM memory options. Separate RAM memory and central processing unit shares are allotted to each single virtual private hosting server, without anyone else using them. Usually there are other VPSs apart from yours that avail of the system resources of the physical machine, which could sometimes affect the overall performance, but in most situations it's of no concern. Should the resources of the VPS server, though, be inadequate for your needs, it is apparently time to switch to a dedicated hosting web server.
The dedicated servers is a physical machine that you lease, which is used solely by you for your own web site needs. No one else shares its resources and you have full root-level access, can select a hardware configuration in advance, add upgrades at a later time and install RAM or hard disks. Unlike with the VPSs where virtualization is mostly at the OS level and all virtual containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated hosting web server you can update the kernel of the Operating System (usually Linux-based) too.
Choose your hosting supplier
If you have a vision of what your website is going to contain, or if you have just a vague plan that has not completely matured yet, your very first move towards the creation of your site should be to pick a web hosting provider. The most relevant step to take is to find a web hosting firm that furnishes an enormous selection of website hosting solutions so that you do not need to switch hosts if you first use a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and have to move to a VPS web server or a dedicated web hosting solution. We, for example, distribute cut-price shared web hosting plans, cut-rate OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based virtual web server plans, semi-dedicated servers with their own hosting Control Panel interface and even dedicated web hosting servers. We also offer cost-free presents - the shared web hosting affordable domain if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more advanced virtual server web hosting packages and dedicated web server hosting plans offer a free-of-charge domain name reseller account and invoicing software in case you wish to utilize them for reselling purposes. Add the excellent 24-7-365 customer service and you have all you would normally need. You could, by all means, discover other web hosting service providers depending on what exactly you are looking for, by conducting an online survey or by checking different web hosting reviews online. The most suitable choice, however, is a hosting vendor that is also a domain name registrar and has hosting servers in more than one country - both requirements met by us. We have servers in the USA, in the UK and in Australia, and offer a multitude of domain name extensions for registration.
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