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If you desire to launch a website and make it available for the whole world to see, it must be hosted on a web server. This service is called is shared hosting.

Host your website at home or in another place

You could host your site on your own personal PC at your house or at your workplace, on a PC which belongs to a pal of yours, etc. If it is a website for experimenting purposes, there would be no real reason for you to seek a more reliable website hosting service than that. If you wish to develop a real web site, however, which will be visible to lots of individuals and you desire to make it dependable, you will also need a stable web hosting server on which you will host it.

Why do you require a server for your site?

When you own a web site, it is hosted on a physical machine. That physical server has its own physical address called Internet Protocol address. Typing the Internet Protocol address of the machine in your web browser, however, is not the best and most appropriate way to pay a visit to a website. That is how and why domain names came into being and why you need one for your web site. So, to create your website, you require your own personal domain name and a web hosting server to host your website on.

Hosting your web site yourself

If you are an Information Technology professional and know how to administer a hosting server, you can have a web hosting server of your very own and host your site on it. This will permit you to exercise full control over the physical machine, to make server configuration modifications and to apply software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the data center personnel. The negative side, however, is that you will have to guarantee the availability of your site and to handle all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are availing of a licensed Operating System, you will also need to spend cash on the license, which is normally more costly if purchased for a whole server.

Using a hosting provider

If you don't want to cope with server maintenance duties, the smartest step to take is to open an account with a web hosting accounts provider. These are companies that offer clients powerful servers with various hardware configurations for a given tax. The hosting servers are stored in datacenters with special cooling and backup power systems to ensure constant website accessibility.

Varieties of hosting services

The World Wide Web is a broad ocean and there are lots of web hosts providing different hosting services to the multitude of web site proprietors out there. The hosting services vary from free web hosting services, where you can host basic, HTML-based websites, to expensive dedicated server web hosting services that can drain your resources. So, what type of web hosting answers your demands?

If you own a small or average-size web page that has several hundred visitors tops, you could safely avail of a shared web hosting solution. Shared web hosting means that plenty of web hosting customers and sites are accommodated on one and the same server, thus trimming the price of the web hosting service. Shared web hosting accounts usually include central processing unit, RAM, bandwidth and web content storage space quotas to make sure that the web sites hosted on the web hosting server do not interfere with each other and do not utilize more resources than they are allotted.

In case your site is more resource-devouring, 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 stands for Virtual Private Server. It offers root privileges, which enables you to implement server configuration changes - something that would be inconceivable on a shared server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable RAM memory options. Separate RAM and CPU shares are assigned to each individual virtual private hosting server, without anyone else using them. Usually there are other virtual private servers apart from yours that use the system resources of the physical machine, which could at times influence the overall performance, but in the majority of instances it is not a problem. Should the system resources of the virtual private hosting server, however, be insufficient for your needs, it is clearly time to order a dedicated web hosting server.

The dedicated hosting is a server that you rent, which is utilized just by you for your very own personal web site needs. No one else shares its resources and you are given full server root access, can choose the hardware in advance, implement upgrades at a later time and install RAM or hard 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 web server you can update the kernel of the Operating System (usually Linux-based) as well.

Choose your web host

If you have a notion of what your website is going to comprise, or if you have only a vague plan that has not fully evolved yet, your first step towards the creation of your web site should be to find a hosting accounts provider. The most intelligent step to take is to find a hosting supplier that furnishes a large range of hosting services so that you do not need to swap web hosting providers in case you first use a shared web hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and need to move to a private virtual server web hosting solution or a dedicated web hosting server solution. We, for instance, furnish moderately priced shared hosting packages, reasonably priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based virtual server web hosting plans, semi-dedicated hosting servers with their own hosting Control Panel and even dedicated web hosting server plans. We also offer charge-free gifts - the shared website hosting cheap domain if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more advanced virtual private web server plans and dedicated servers include a cost-free domain name reseller account and invoicing software in case you wish to use them for reselling purposes. Add the topflight 24x7x365 technical support service and you have all you would usually require. You could, doubtlessly, find other web hosts depending on what exactly you are looking for, by conducting an online survey or by checking different web hosting reviews. The most intelligent choice, though, is a hosting solutions provider that is also a domain registrar and has servers in more than one country - both prerequisites fulfilled by us. We have web hosting servers in the United States, in the United Kingdom and in Australia, and offer a plethora of domain extensions for registration.

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