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If you would like to build a web site and make it available for the whole world to see, it must be hosted on a hosting server. This service is called is hosting.

Host your site at home or somewhere else

You could host your site on your own PC at home or at work, on a computer which belongs to a chum of yours, etc. If it is a site for testing purposes, there would be no real need for you to seek a more dependable website hosting solution than that. If you desire to build an actual website, however, which will be reachable by numerous people and you want to make it dependable, you will also require a stable web hosting server where you will host it.

Why do you need a server for your website?

When you have a web site, it is hosted on a physical machine. That physical machine has its own physical address known also as Internet Protocol address. Typing the IP of the physical server in your browser's address bar, however, is not the best and most suitable means to access a web site. That is how and why domain names appeared and why you are in need of one for your web site. Hence, to create your site, you need a domain name of your own and a web server to host your site on.

Hosting your site yourself

If you are an IT pro and know how to cope with a server, you can have a hosting server of your very own and host your site on it. This will allow you to exercise complete authority over the hosting server, to make server configuration changes and to apply software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the data center personnel. The weakness, though, is that you will have to guarantee the availability of your website and to cope with all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are availing of a licensed Operating System, you will also have to pay for the license, which is typically more expensive if bought for a whole physical machine.

Using a web hosting provider

If you don't want to cope with server maintenance tasks, the best thing to do is open an account with a web hosting accounts provider. These are firms that offer customers powerful servers with various hardware configurations for a certain tax. The hosting servers are situated in data center facilities with special cooling and UPS systems to ensure constant service uptime.

Varieties of web hosting services

The World Wide Web is a large ocean and there are multiple firms delivering different hosting services to the plethora of website owners out there. The web hosting services vary from cost-free web hosting services, where you can host basic, HTML-based web sites, to high-priced dedicated hosting services that can drain your resources. So, what type of web hosting satisfies your requirements?

If you possess a small or medium-sized web site that has a few hundred viewers tops, you could safely avail of a shared web hosting solution. Shared hosting implies that numerous web hosting clients and sites are hosted on one and the same server, thus trimming the price of the hosting service. Shared web hosting accounts usually involve central processing unit, RAM memory, bandwidth and hosting server disk drive storage space usage quotas to make sure that the websites accommodated on the web server do not intervene with each other and do not utilize more resources than they are allocated.

In case your website is larger, you should select a VPS hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. It gives you root access, which permits you to make server configuration modifications - something that would be unthinkable on a shared web server. The VPSs also offer burstable memory options. Separate RAM memory and CPU shares are assigned to each single virtual private hosting server, without anyone else utilizing them. Usually there are other VPSs beside yours that make use of the system resources of the physical server, which could sometimes affect the overall performance, but in most circumstances it's of no concern. Should the resources of the virtual web server, though, be inadequate for your needs, it is obviously time to move to a dedicated web server.

The dedicated packages is a physical machine that you lease, which is utilized just by you for your very own web site needs. No one else shares its resources and you are bestowed with full root access, can choose a hardware configuration in advance, apply upgrades later on and add RAM or hard disks. Unlike with the VPSs where virtualization is mainly at the OS level and all containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated web server you can update the kernel of the Operating System (typically Linux-based) as well.

Select your hosting plans provider

If you have a notion of what your website is going to consist of, or if you have just a vague idea that has not completely evolved yet, your very first move towards the creation of your site should be to select a hosting supplier. The most logical step to take is to find a hosting vendor that delivers a vast array of hosting solutions so that you do not need to swap service providers in case you first make use of a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and have to upgrade to a VPS server or a dedicated web hosting server solution. We, for example, furnish affordably priced shared website hosting plans, discounted OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based VPS server web hosting plans, semi-dedicated servers with their own web hosting Control Panel and even dedicated web hosting server plans. We also offer cost-free gifts - the shared website hosting affordable domain if they are paid for on a yearly basis, the more powerful VPS hosting packages and dedicated server packages include a cost-free domain name reseller account and billing software should you wish to utilize them for reselling purposes. Add the topflight 24/7 technical support service and you have all you would typically require. You could, undoubtedly, discover other web hosts depending on what exactly you are looking for, by carrying out an online survey or by examining additional web hosting reviews online. The wisest option, however, is a hosting supplier that is also a domain registrar and has servers in more than one country - both preconditions fulfilled by us. We have servers in America, in the UK and in Australia, and offer many domain extensions for registration.

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