What is Hosting?
If you want to create a site and make it available for the whole world to see, it needs to be hosted on a hosting server. The name of this service is hosting.
Host your website at home or somewhere else
You could host your web site on your own PC at home or at work, on a computer which belongs to a buddy of yours, etc. If it is a site for testing purposes, there would be no real need for you to search for a more advanced website hosting solution than that. If you wish to launch an actual website, though, which will be reachable by numerous persons and you would like to make it reliable, you will also require a stable server on which you will host it.
Why do you require a web 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. Writing the IP address of the physical server in your browser, though, is not the best and most suitable means to reach a web site. That is how and why domain names came into existence and why you need one for your website. Hence, to launch your web site, you require your own personal domain and a hosting server to host your website on.
Hosting your website yourself
If you are an IT pro and know how to manage a web hosting server, you can have a web server of your own and host your website on it. This will permit you to have full authority over the machine, to make server configuration changes and to install software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the data center personnel. The weakness, though, is that you will need to ensure the visibility of your site and to take care of all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are making use of a licensed Operating System, you will also have to spend money on the license, which typically costs more if bought for a whole server.
Using a hosting plans provider
If you don't want to deal with server maintenance tasks, the best solution is to register an account with a web hosting services provider. These are companies that offer clients powerful hosting servers with various hardware configurations in exchange for a certain tax. The hosting servers are housed in data centers with special cooling and backup power supply systems to guarantee uninterrupted Internet connection.
Kinds of hosting services
The World Wide Web is a broad ocean and there are a lot of hosting companies delivering different hosting services to the plethora of website proprietors out there. The hosting services vary from free-of-cost web hosting services, where you can host simple, HTML-based web pages, to costly dedicated web hosting services that can suck your resources dry. So, what web hosting type fits your requirements?
If you run a small or average-sized website that has several hundred visitors tops, you could safely utilize a shared hosting solution. Shared hosting suggests that many web hosting accounts and websites are accommodated on the very same web server, thus curtailing the price of the hosting service. Shared hosting accounts ordinarily include CPU, memory, traffic and web server disk storage space quotas to ensure that the sites accommodated on the server do not intervene with each other and do not utilize more resources than they are allocated.
In case your website is more resource-absorbing, you should select a VPS hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. It offers root-level access, which enables you to implement server configuration modifications - something that would be unthinkable on a shared web hosting server. The VPSs also offer burstable RAM options. Separate RAM and CPU portions are allotted to each single virtual private hosting server, without anyone else using them. Usually there are other VPSs beside your own that share the system resources of the physical server, which could sometimes influence the overall performance, but in most cases it is not a problem. Should the resources of the virtual private hosting server, however, be insufficient for your needs, it is clearly time to migrate to a dedicated hosting web server.
The dedicated servers is a server that you hire, which is utilized just by you for your own website needs. No one else shares its resources and you have full server root access, can select a hardware configuration in advance, implement upgrades later on and install RAM or hard drives. Unlike with the VPSs where virtualization is mainly at the Operating System level and all virtual containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated hosting web server you can update the kernel of the Operating System (usually Linux-based) too.
Find your web hosting accounts provider
If you have a vision of what your web site is going to include, or if you have only a loose idea that has not completely matured yet, your initial step towards the creation of your web site should be to choose a web hosting plans provider. The wisest step to take is to find a hosting distributor that supplies an enormous variety of web hosting services so that you do not have to change providers if you first use a shared hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and have to upgrade to a Virtual Private Server web hosting solution or a dedicated web server. We, for instance, offer cheap shared web hosting packages, cut-rate OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based VPS hosting server plans, semi-dedicated servers with their own Control Panel user interface and even dedicated server plans. We also offer charge-free extras - the shared hosting cheap domain name if they are paid for on a yearly basis, the more advanced virtual private web servers and dedicated server packages come with a free-of-charge domain name reseller account and invoicing software in case you decide to utilize them for reselling purposes. Add the superb 24/7/365 client support service and you have all you would usually require. You could, of course, find other hosting providers depending on what exactly you are searching for, by conducting an online search or by checking additional web hosting reviews online. The most reasonable option, however, is a hosting solutions provider that is also a domain registrar and has web hosting servers in more than one country - both prerequisites met by us. We have servers in North America, in England and in Australia, and offer a plethora of domain name extensions for registration.
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