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If you want to create a website and make it accessible to the whole world, it must be hosted on a hosting server. This service is known as is hosting.
Host your web site at home or in another place
You could host your web site on your own personal computer at your house or at your workplace, on a PC which belongs to a comrade of yours, etc. If it is a site for testing purposes, there would be no real need for you to seek a more dependable web hosting solution than that. If you wish to create an actual website, though, which will be reachable by many visitors and you would like to make it reliable, you will also need a reliable hosting server where you will host it.
Why do you require a hosting server for your site?
When you own a site, it is located on a physical machine. That physical machine has its own physical address called Internet Protocol address. Writing the IP of the machine in your browser, though, is not the best and most appropriate means to access a website. That is how and why domain names came into being and why you need one for your website. So, to launch your web site, you need your own domain and a web hosting server to host your site on.
Hosting your site yourself
If you are an Information Technology pro and know how to tackle a web server, you can have a server of your own and host your website on it. This will enable you to have complete authority over the machine, to implement server configuration changes and to install software updates yourself instead of relying on the data center personnel. The downside, though, is that you will have to ensure the availability of your website and to take care of all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are utilizing a licensed Operating System, you will also need to invest money in the license, which is usually more costly if purchased for an entire machine.
Using a hosting vendor
If you don't want to cope with server maintenance duties, the wisest step to take is to sign up for an account with a web hosting packages provider. These are companies that offer clients powerful web hosting servers with different hardware configurations in exchange for a given fee. The web servers are placed in data center facilities with special cooling and emergency power supply systems to ensure continuous website availability.
Kinds of web hosting services
The World Wide Web is a large sea and there are many companies offering various hosting services to the multitude of web site owners out there. The hosting services range from free-of-charge web hosting services, where you can host basic, HTML-based sites, to costly dedicated web hosting services that can suck your monthly budget dry. So, what type of hosting fits your needs?
If you have a small or mid-sized web page that has several hundred guests tops, you could safely utilize a shared hosting solution. Shared hosting implies that many web hosting customers and web sites are accommodated on one and the same hosting server, thus trimming the price of the hosting service. Shared web hosting accounts usually involve central processing unit, RAM, web traffic and hosting server hard drive space usage quotas to make certain that the websites hosted on the hosting server do not intervene with each other and do not use more resources than they are allotted.
In case your site is more resource-swallowing, you should consider 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 full root privileges, which enables you to implement server configuration modifications - something that would be impossible on a shared web server. The VPSs also offer burstable RAM options. Separate RAM memory and CPU shares are assigned to each individual virtual web hosting server, without anyone else utilizing them. Usually there are other VPSs aside from your own that use the system resources of the physical server, which could occasionally influence the overall performance, but in most instances it's of no concern. Should the resources of the VPS server, however, be inadequate for your needs, it is obviously time to migrate to a dedicated hosting server.
The dedicated servers is a physical server that you rent, which is used solely by you for your very own website needs. Nobody else uses its system resources and you gain complete root access, can choose a hardware architecture in advance, implement upgrades at a later time and add RAM or hard disks. Unlike with the VPSs where virtualization is mostly at the OS level and all containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated hosting server you can revise the kernel of the OS (typically Linux-based) as well.
Find your web hosting solutions provider
If you have a notion of what your web site is going to contain, or if you have only a vague plan that has not fully matured yet, your very first step towards the creation of your site should be to choose a hosting vendor. The best step to take is to discover a hosting provider that provides an enormous array of website hosting services so that you do not need to change service providers in case you first use a shared web hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and have to move to a Virtual Private Server web hosting solution or a dedicated web server hosting solution. We, for example, deliver cut-rate shared website hosting plans, low-priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based VPS web hosting packages, semi-dedicated servers with their own hosting Control Panel interface and even dedicated hosting web servers. We also offer cost-free presents - the shared website hosting affordable domain if they are paid for on a yearly basis, the more powerful VPS web hosting plans and dedicated hosting packages include a cost-free domain name reseller account and billing software in case you wish to utilize them for reselling purposes. Throw in the high-quality 24-7 support service and you have all you would typically require. You could, undoubtedly, discover other web hosting service providers depending on what precisely you are looking for, by carrying out an online search or by examining different hosting reviews online. The most reasonable option, however, is a web hosting vendor that is also a domain registrar and has hosting servers in more than one country - both prerequisites satisfied by us. We have web hosting servers in America, in the UK and in Australia, and offer lots of domain name extensions for registration.