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Hosting Packages Description
If you want to set up a web site and render it available for the whole world to see, it must be located on a web server. The name of this service is hosting.
Host your website at home or elsewhere
You could host your website on your own computer at your house or at your workplace, on a computer which belongs to a mate of yours, etc. If it is a web site for experimenting purposes, there would be no real need for you to discover a more advanced hosting solution than that. If you wish to set up a real web site, though, which will be accessible to lots of people and you desire to make it dependable, you will also require a stable server where you will host it.
Why do you need a web hosting server for your site?
When you own a website, it is hosted on a physical server. That physical server has its own physical address called IP address. Writing the IP of the server in your browser, though, is not the best and most convenient method to access 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 web site, you need a domain name of your own and a server to host your site on.
Hosting your site yourself
If you are an Information Technology pro and understand how to work with a server, you can have a hosting server of your own and host your site on it. This will enable you to exert complete authority over the physical machine, to implement server configuration modifications and to apply software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the data center staff. The negative side, though, is that you will need to ensure the uptime of your site and to handle all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are utilizing a licensed OS, you will also have to spend cash on the license, which is usually more high-priced if purchased for an entire web server.
Using a hosting provider
If you don't want to take care of server maintenance tasks, the best step to take is to open an account with a web hosting plans provider. These are companies that offer clients powerful hosting servers with different hardware configurations for a certain tax. The web hosting servers are physically located in datacenters with special cooling and emergency power supply systems to ensure constant network connectivity.
Varieties of hosting services
The World Wide Web is a large ocean and there are a myriad of web hosts providing various hosting services to the plethora of website proprietors out there. The web hosting services range from free web hosting services, where you can host simple, HTML-based sites, to expensive dedicated web hosting services that can suck your monthly budget dry. So, what type of web hosting fulfills your needs?
If you own a small or mid-size website that has a few hundred viewers tops, you could safely utilize a shared hosting solution. Shared web hosting signifies that many shared web hosting clients and websites are hosted on one and the same server, thus reducing the price of the hosting service. Shared hosting accounts commonly include CPU, memory, web traffic and hosting storage space usage quotas to make sure that the websites hosted on the server do not interfere with each other and do not utilize more resources than they are apportioned.
If your website is more popular, 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 acronym for Virtual Private Server. It gives you root-level access, which allows you to make server configuration changes - something that would be impossible on a shared hosting web server. The VPSs also offer burstable RAM options. Separate RAM memory and central processing unit shares are assigned to each single Virtual Private Server, without anyone else utilizing them. Typically there are other VPSs aside from your own that make use of the resources of the physical machine, which could occasionally influence the overall performance, but in most situations it is not a problem. Should the resources of the virtual private hosting server, though, be insufficient for your needs, it is obviously time to consider a dedicated server.
The dedicated packages is a physical server that you lease, which is used exclusively by you for your very own website needs. Nobody else uses its resources and you gain root-level access, can choose a hardware architecture in advance, apply upgrades at a later time and install 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 server you can modify the kernel of the Operating System (usually Linux-based) as well.
Choose your hosting provider
If you have a vision of what your website is going to contain, or if you have only a loose idea that has not completely evolved yet, your initial move towards the creation of your web site should be to select a web host. The best solution is to discover a web hosting supplier that offers a big selection of web hosting solutions so that you do not need to switch service providers if you first make use of a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and have to shift to a virtual private web server hosting solution or a dedicated hosting server solution. We, for instance, offer cut-price shared website hosting packages, cheap OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based private virtual hosting servers, semi-dedicated servers with their own hosting Control Panel interface and even dedicated server plans. We also offer free gifts - the shared hosting cheap domain name if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more advanced virtual private web hosting server plans and dedicated web server hosting plans include a charge-free domain name reseller account and invoicing software in case you decide to use them for reselling purposes. Throw in the superb 24-7 client support service and you have all you would normally need. You could, doubtlessly, discover other hosting providers depending on what exactly you are searching for, by carrying out an online survey or by reading additional hosting reviews online. The most suitable choice, though, is a hosting vendor that is also a domain registrar and has hosting servers in more than one country - both prerequisites met by us. We have hosting servers in the USA, in Great Britain and in Australia, and offer numerous domain name extensions for registration.