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If you want to create a web site and make it accessible to the whole world, it has to be hosted on a web hosting server. This service is called is hosting.

Host your web site at home or somewhere else

You could host your web site on your own personal computer at home or at work, on a personal computer which belongs to a comrade of yours, etc. If it is a website for experimenting purposes, there would be no real need for you to seek a more reliable website hosting solution than that. If you want to launch an actual web site, though, which will be visible to many visitors 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 web server for your web site?

When you own a web site, it is located on a physical machine. That physical server has its own physical address called Internet Protocol address. Writing the Internet Protocol address of the machine in your web browser's address bar, however, is not the best and easiest way to visit a website. That is how and why domains came into being and why you are in need of one for your web site. Hence, to establish your site, you require your own domain name and a web hosting server to host your website on.

Hosting your website yourself

If you are an IT pro and know how to cope with a server, you can have a web server of your very own and host your website on it. This will permit you to have full authority over the web server, to implement server configuration modifications and to install software updates yourself instead of relying on the datacenter personnel. The disadvantage, however, is that you will have to guarantee the availability of your web site and to deal with all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are utilizing a licensed Operating System, you will also have to pay for the license, which is normally more high-priced if purchased for an entire machine.

Using a hosting distributor

If you don't want to deal with server maintenance procedures, the wisest step to take is to open an account with a web hosting plans provider. These are companies that offer clients powerful web hosting servers with various hardware configurations for a certain fee. The servers are placed in data center facilities with special cooling and emergency power systems to guarantee continuous website accessibility.

Kinds of hosting services

The web is an immense ocean and there are numerous web hosting companies offering different hosting services to the plethora of website possessors out there. The hosting services vary from free-of-cost hosting services, where you can host basic, HTML-based sites, to costly dedicated server hosting services that can drain your monthly allowance. So, what type of hosting corresponds to your demands?

If you possess a small or mid-sized web page that has several hundred viewers max, you could safely utilize a shared hosting solution. Shared web hosting implies that many accounts and web sites are accommodated on the same web hosting server, thus reducing the price of the service. Shared accounts normally include CPU, memory, web traffic and server disk drive space quotas to make certain that the sites accommodated on the hosting server do not interfere with each other and do not use more system resources than they are assigned.

In case your website is more resource-demanding, 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 full root privileges, which enables you to implement server configuration changes - something that would be impossible on a shared server. The VPSs also offer burstable RAM options. Separate RAM memory and central processing unit portions are allocated to each single VPS web hosting server, without anyone else using them. Typically there are other VPSs aside from your own that make use of the system resources of the physical server, which could at times influence the overall performance, but in most instances it's of no concern. Should the resources of the virtual web server, however, be insufficient for your needs, it is obviously time to obtain a dedicated web server.

The dedicated packages is a physical machine that you hire, which is used solely by you for your own personal web site needs. Nobody else shares its resources and you are bestowed with full root-level access, can select the hardware in advance, apply updates at a later time and add RAM or hard drives. 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 modify the kernel of the Operating System (usually Linux-based) too.

Pick your hosting services provider

If you have a vision of what your website is going to comprise, or if you have just a vague plan that has not fully evolved yet, your initial move towards the creation of your web site should be to choose a hosting accounts provider. The best step to take is to find a service provider that provides a large array of website hosting solutions so that you do not need to swap providers if you first avail of a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and have to switch to a virtual web hosting server or a dedicated web hosting server solution. We, for example, furnish cheap shared website hosting plans, budget-priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based virtual private web hosting servers, semi-dedicated servers with their own Control Panel and even dedicated web hosting server packages. We also offer free gifts - the shared web hosting cheap domain if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more advanced private virtual web hosting server packages and dedicated hosting web server plans offer a cost-free domain reseller account and billing software in case you decide to use them for reselling purposes. Throw in the first-rate 24x7x365 customer support service and you have all you would typically need. You could, doubtlessly, discover other web hosting corporations depending on what exactly you are looking for, by conducting an online survey or by examining different hosting reviews online. The most intelligent option, though, is a hosting vendor that is also a domain name registrar and has web hosting servers in more than one country - both prerequisites fulfilled by us. We have web servers in the US, in the United Kingdom and in Australia, and offer a plethora of domain extensions for registration.

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