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

Host your web site at home or somewhere else

You could host your web site on your own personal computer at your house or at your workplace, on a computer which belongs to a buddy of yours, etc. If it is a website for experimenting purposes, there would be no real need for you to discover a more dependable website hosting service than that. If you desire to create a real web site, however, which will be visible to plenty of people and you want to make it reliable, you will also require a stable web server where you will host it.

Why do you require a hosting server for your site?

When you own a web site, it is located on a physical server. That physical server has its own physical address called IP address. Typing the Internet Protocol address of the physical server in your browser, though, is not the best and simplest method to visit a website. That is how and why domain names came into being and why you are in need of one for your site. So, to set up your site, you need a domain of your own and a hosting server to host your website on.

Hosting your web site on your own

If you are an Information Technology expert and know how to take care of a web hosting server, you can have a hosting server of your own and host your web site on it. This will permit you to exercise complete control over the physical machine, to make server configuration changes and to apply software updates yourself instead of relying on the datacenter staff. The drawback, however, is that you will need to ensure the visibility of your web site and to cope with all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are utilizing a licensed OS, you will also have to invest money in the license, which is typically more costly if purchased for a whole machine.

Using a hosting supplier

If you don't want to handle server maintenance tasks, the smartest step to take is to register an account with a web hosting distributor. These are companies that offer clients powerful web hosting servers with various hardware configurations for a certain tax. The web servers are kept in datacenter facilities with special cooling and UPS systems to ensure constant service uptime.

Varieties of web hosting services

The World Wide Web is a bottomless sea and there are a lot of hosting suppliers delivering different hosting services to the multitude of website proprietors out there. The web hosting services range from free hosting services, where you can host plain, HTML-based websites, to high-priced dedicated server hosting services that can drain your funds. So, what web hosting type answers your demands?

If you possess a small or medium-size web page that has several hundred visitors max, you could safely avail of a shared web hosting solution. Shared web hosting implies that multiple shared web hosting users and websites are hosted on one and the same web server, thus trimming the price of the web hosting service. Shared hosting accounts typically have CPU, memory, traffic and server hard drive space quotas to make sure that the websites hosted on the hosting server do not meddle with each other and do not utilize more system resources than they are allocated.

In case your website is more frequently visited, you should choose 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 root-level access, which allows you to implement server configuration modifications - something that would be unthinkable on a shared server. The VPSs also offer burstable RAM options. Separate RAM memory and CPU shares are assigned to each individual Virtual Private Server, without anyone else utilizing them. Usually there are other VPSs apart from yours that utilize the resources of the physical machine, which could at times influence the overall performance, but in most cases it's of no concern. Should the resources of the virtual private web hosting server, however, be inadequate for your needs, it is plainly time to get a dedicated hosting web server.

The dedicated packages is a physical machine that you hire, which is used just by you for your very own website needs. Nobody else uses its resources and you have full root privileges, can choose a hardware configuration in advance, add upgrades later on and add RAM or hard disks. Unlike with the VPSs where virtualization is mainly at the OS level and all virtual containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated hosting web server you can revise the kernel of the Operating System (typically Linux-based) too.

Select your hosting accounts provider

If you have a vision of what your site is going to consist of, 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 find a hosting accounts provider. The best solution is to find a web hosting firm that distributes a vast array of hosting solutions so that you do not have to change web hosting service providers in case you first make use of a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and need to move to a virtual private web hosting server solution or a dedicated hosting server. We, for instance, supply affordably priced shared website hosting packages, moderately priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based VPS web server packages, semi-dedicated servers with their own hosting Control Panel and even dedicated server web hosting packages. We also offer charge-free bonuses - the shared website hosting cheap domain if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more advanced virtual server web hosting packages and dedicated hosting server plans come with a charge-free domain name reseller account and billing software in case you wish to use them for reselling purposes. Throw in the superb 24x7x365 client support service and you have all you would normally need. You could, by all means, discover other web hosting vendors depending on what exactly you are searching for, by carrying out an online survey or by examining different hosting reviews. The most reasonable option, however, is a hosting packages provider that is also a domain name registrar and has web hosting servers in more than one country - both requirements fulfilled by us. We have servers in the United States, in Britain and in Australia, and offer lots of domain name extensions for registration.

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