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What Exactly is Hosting?

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If you would like to set up a web site and make it visible to the whole world, it must be hosted on a web hosting server. This service is known as is hosting.

Host your website at home or in another place

You could host your web site on your own PC at home or at work, on a computer which belongs to an acquaintance of yours, and so on. If it is a website for testing purposes, there would be no real need for you to discover a more dependable hosting service than that. If you would like to develop a real website, though, which will be visible to multiple viewers and you want to make it reliable, you will also require a dependable server where you will host it.

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

When you have a site, it is hosted on a physical machine. That physical server has its own physical address known also as Internet Protocol address. Typing the IP of the physical machine in your browser, though, is not the best and simplest way to pay a visit to a website. That is how and why domains came into existence and why you need one for your website. Thus, to launch your web site, you require a domain name of your own and a server to host your website on.

Hosting your site yourself

If you are an IT expert and understand how to tackle a hosting server, you can have a hosting server of your very own and host your site on it. This will permit you to have full authority over the hosting server, to implement server configuration changes and to install software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the data center personnel. The disadvantage, though, is that you will need to guarantee the uptime of your website and to cope with all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are making use of a licensed OS, you will also have to spend cash on the license, which usually costs more if purchased for an entire web server.

Using a web hosting provider

If you don't want to handle server maintenance tasks, the most logical step to take is to sign up for an account with a web hosting solutions provider. These are companies that offer customers powerful servers with various hardware configurations for a certain tax. The web servers are physically located in data centers with special cooling and UPS systems to guarantee constant Internet connection.

Kinds of hosting services

The Internet is an immense ocean and there are plenty of hosting providers delivering various hosting services to the multitude of web site proprietors out there. The hosting services vary from free-of-cost hosting services, where you can host simple, HTML-based websites, to high-priced dedicated server hosting services that can suck your finances dry. So, what type of web hosting fits your needs?

If you possess a small or average-sized web page that has a few hundred guests tops, you could safely avail of a shared hosting solution. Shared web hosting means that numerous customers and web sites are accommodated on one and the same server, thus curtailing the price of the service. Shared accounts normally include central processing unit, RAM memory, traffic and web server storage space quotas to guarantee that the web sites hosted on the server do not intervene with each other and do not utilize more system resources than they are allocated.

In case your site is more resource-demanding, you should opt for a VPS hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. VPS is an abbreviation of 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 server. The VPSs also offer burstable memory options. Separate RAM and central processing unit shares are allocated to each individual VPS web server, without anyone else using them. Usually there are other VPSs aside from your own that share the resources of the physical machine, which could at times affect the overall performance, but in the majority of cases it is not a problem. Should the system resources of the VPS web hosting server, though, be insufficient for your needs, it is plainly time to move to a dedicated web server.

The dedicated servers is a physical machine that you rent, which is utilized just by you for your own web site needs. No one else uses its resources and you are given complete root-level access, can select a hardware configuration in advance, implement updates later on and add RAM or hard disk drives. Unlike with the VPSs where virtualization is mainly at the Operating System level and all virtual containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated web hosting server you can update the kernel of the OS (typically Linux-based) as well.

Find your hosting distributor

If you have a notion of what your web site is going to comprise, or if you have just a vague plan that has not completely evolved yet, your initial move towards the creation of your website should be to discover a web hosting vendor. The most relevant step to take is to discover a hosting accounts provider that distributes an extensive variety of website hosting services so that you do not need to switch web hosting providers in case you first use a shared web hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and need to shift to a virtual private web server hosting solution or a dedicated hosting server solution. We, for instance, distribute low-cost shared website hosting plans, low-priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based virtual private web servers, semi-dedicated servers with their own hosting Control Panel user interface and even dedicated hosting web server packages. We also offer free-of-cost gifts - the shared web hosting low-cost domain if they are paid for on a yearly basis, the more advanced VPS server packages and dedicated server plans offer a free-of-charge domain reseller account and billing software in case you wish to utilize them for reselling purposes. Throw in the great 24-7 technical support service and you have all you would usually need. You could, without a doubt, find other web hosting distributors depending on what precisely you are looking for, by carrying out an online search or by checking additional hosting reviews. The most suitable choice, however, is a hosting distributor that is also a domain registrar and has hosting servers in more than one country - both requirements satisfied by us. We have web hosting servers in the States, in the UK and in Australia, and offer lots of domain name extensions for registration.

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