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

Host your web site at home or elsewhere

You could host your website on your own personal personal computer at your house or at your workplace, on a computer which belongs to a buddy of yours, etc. If it is a web site for experimenting purposes, there would be no real reason for you to discover a more stable web hosting service than that. If you desire to build an actual website, though, which will be accessible to multiple individuals and you want to make it reliable, you will also require a dependable server on which you will host it.

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

When you have a website, it is hosted on a physical server. That physical machine has its own physical address called IP address. Writing the Internet Protocol address of the physical server in your browser's address bar, though, is not the best and most convenient means to open a web site. That is how and why domain names came into existence and why you are in need of one for your site. Hence, to establish your web site, you need a domain name of your own and a web server to host your web site on.

Hosting your site on your own

If you are an Information Technology specialist and understand how to tackle a web server, you can have a hosting server of your very own and host your website on it. This will enable you to exert full authority over the machine, to implement server configuration changes and to apply software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the data center personnel. The weak side, though, is that you will need to guarantee the visibility of your web site and to cope with all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are using a licensed OS, you will also have to spend money on the license, which is typically more expensive if bought for a whole machine.

Using a web hosting vendor

If you don't want to take care of server maintenance tasks, the smartest step to take is to open an account with a web hosting distributor. These are firms that offer clients powerful servers with various hardware configurations in exchange for a given fee. The servers are housed in data centers with special cooling and backup power supply systems to guarantee uninterrupted network uptime.

Kinds of hosting services

The Internet is a boundless sea and there are lots of web hosting vendors offering different hosting services to the multitude of website possessors out there. The hosting services range from free-of-cost web hosting services, where you can host plain, HTML-based websites, to costly dedicated server web hosting services that can suck your funds dry. So, what hosting type corresponds to your requirements?

If you have a small or average-size website that has a few hundred guests tops, you could safely utilize a shared hosting solution. Shared web hosting signifies that multiple web hosting users and web sites are accommodated on one and the same web hosting server, thus reducing the price of the service. Shared accounts usually involve CPU, RAM, bandwidth and storage space quotas to guarantee that the sites hosted on the hosting server do not meddle with each other and do not use more system resources than they are assigned.

In case your web site is more frequently visited, you should pick a VPS hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. It gives you root privileges, which permits you to make server configuration modifications - something that would be impossible on a shared web hosting server. The VPSs also offer burstable memory options. Separate RAM and CPU shares are allotted to each individual VPS web hosting server, without anyone else utilizing them. Usually there are other VPSs apart from yours that share the system resources of the physical server, which could sometimes influence the overall performance, but in the majority of situations it's of no concern. Should the system resources of the private virtual hosting server, however, be insufficient for your needs, it is obviously time to consider a dedicated web server.

The dedicated packages is a server that you hire, which is utilized only by you for your very own web site needs. No one else uses its system resources and you are granted full server root access, can select a hardware architecture in advance, apply upgrades later on and install RAM or disk drives. Unlike with the VPSs where virtualization is mostly at the Operating System level and all virtual containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated hosting server you can update the kernel of the OS (usually Linux-based) as well.

Select your hosting services provider

If you have a vision of what your web site is going to be composed of, or if you have just a vague idea that has not completely matured yet, your initial step towards the creation of your site should be to choose a web hosting plans provider. The best step to take is to discover a web hosting company that offers an immense assortment of web hosting services so that you do not need to switch web hosting providers in case you first use a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and need to shift to a virtual private web hosting server solution or a dedicated hosting server solution. We, for instance, furnish cheap shared web hosting plans, discounted OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based private virtual hosting server plans, semi-dedicated servers with their own web hosting Control Panel user interface and even dedicated web server hosting packages. We also offer free-of-cost bonuses - the shared hosting low-cost domain if they are paid for on a yearly basis, the more powerful VPS web server packages and dedicated server hosting packages offer a free-of-cost domain name reseller account and invoicing software in case you wish to use them for reselling purposes. Add the great 24x7 technical support service and you have all you would normally require. You could, of course, discover other web hosting distributors depending on what precisely you are looking for, by carrying out an online search or by checking different hosting reviews. The best option, however, is a hosting vendor that is also a domain registrar and has hosting servers in more than one country - both preconditions met by us. We have hosting servers in the US, in the UK and in Australia, and offer a myriad of domain name extensions for registration.

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