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How Website Hosting Operates
If you would like to set up a site and make it visible to the whole world, it needs to be hosted on a server. This service is known as is website hosting.
Host your site at home or elsewhere
You could host your website on your own computer at your house or at your workplace, on a PC which belongs to a mate of yours, and so on. If it is a website for testing purposes, there would be no real need for you to look for a more dependable hosting service than that. If you desire to launch a real website, however, which will be visible to many visitors and you would like to make it dependable, you will also require a reliable hosting server on which you will host it.
Why do you need a hosting server for your website?
When you own a site, it is located on a physical server. That physical machine has its own physical address known also as IP address. Typing the IP address of the physical server in your browser's address bar, though, is not the best and simplest method to pay a visit to a website. That is how and why domains appeared and why you are in need of one for your site. So, to launch your site, you require a domain name of your own and a web server to host your site on.
Hosting your website yourself
If you are an Information Technology pro and understand how to cope with a hosting server, you can have a hosting server of your own and host your site on it. This will enable you to have full control over the web hosting server, 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 need to ensure the availability of your website and to take care of all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are availing of a licensed Operating System, you will also need to pay for the license, which is typically more costly if purchased for an entire hosting server.
Using a hosting services provider
If you don't want to take care of server maintenance tasks, the most relevant step to take is to register an account with a web hosting provider. These are firms that offer clients powerful web hosting servers with different hardware configurations for a given tax. The hosting servers are placed in data center facilities with special cooling and UPS systems to ensure uninterrupted website availability.
Kinds of web hosting services
The web is a wide sea and there are a multitude of web hosting suppliers delivering different hosting services to the plethora of web site proprietors out there. The web hosting services range from free web hosting services, where you can host simple, HTML-based web sites, to costly dedicated server hosting services that can drain your funds. So, what type of web hosting meets your demands?
If you own a small or mid-sized website that has a few hundred guests tops, you could safely avail of a shared hosting solution. Shared hosting implies that many shared hosting users and websites are accommodated on the same web hosting server, thus reducing the price of the service. Shared hosting accounts typically involve CPU, RAM, traffic and web hosting server disk storage space usage quotas to make sure that the websites accommodated on the web server do not intervene with each other and do not use more resources than they are assigned.
In case your site is busier, you should choose a VPS web hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated web hosting solution. VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. It offers full root access, which permits you to make server configuration modifications - something that would be unthinkable on a shared hosting web server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable RAM options. Separate RAM memory and CPU shares are allotted to each individual private virtual server, without anyone else using them. Usually there are other virtual private servers beside yours that utilize the system resources of the physical server, which could sometimes influence the overall performance, but in most situations it is not a problem. Should the system resources of the VPS web hosting server, however, be insufficient for your needs, it is clearly time to consider a dedicated hosting server.
The dedicated web hosting is a server that you lease, which is used exclusively by you for your very own web site needs. Nobody else uses its resources and you get full root privileges, can choose a hardware architecture in advance, add upgrades at a later time and install RAM or hard disk drives. Unlike with the virtual private servers where virtualization is mainly at the OS level and all containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated hosting web server you can modify the kernel of the Operating System (typically Linux-based) too.
Pick your web hosting distributor
If you know what your web site is going to contain, or if you have just a vague idea that has not completely evolved yet, your very first step towards the creation of your web site should be to discover a web hosting provider. The most reasonable step to take is to discover a web hosting supplier that delivers a large assortment of web hosting services so that you do not need to switch web hosting providers in case you first use a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and have to switch to a VPS web server hosting solution or a dedicated server hosting solution. We, for instance, supply cut-rate shared website hosting plans, budget-priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based private virtual servers, semi-dedicated web hosting servers with their own hosting Control Panel user interface and even dedicated web server hosting plans. We also offer free gifts - the shared hosting low-cost domain name if they are paid for on a yearly basis, the more advanced VPS web server hosting plans and dedicated web hosting plans include a free domain reseller account and invoicing software should you decide to use them for reselling purposes. Throw in the top-notch 24x7x365 technical support service and you have all you would normally need. You could, doubtlessly, discover other hosting corporations depending on what precisely you are searching for, by carrying out an online survey or by reading different hosting reviews. The smartest option, however, is a web hosting distributor that is also a domain registrar and has web servers in more than one country - both prerequisites satisfied by us. We have servers in the States, in Britain and in Australia, and offer loads of domain name extensions for registration.