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

Host your website at home or elsewhere

You could host your web site on your own personal personal computer at your house or at your workplace, on a personal computer which belongs to a buddy of yours, and so on. If it is a site for testing purposes, there would be no real reason for you to find a more powerful web hosting solution than that. If you would like to create an actual web site, though, which will be visible to many individuals and you would like to make it dependable, you will also need a stable web server on which you will host it.

Why do you require a server for your 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 IP address of the physical machine in your web browser's address bar, however, is not the best and most appropriate way to access a website. That is how and why domain names came into being and why you need one for your web site. Hence, to launch your site, you require a domain name of your own and a web server to host your website on.

Hosting your web site on your own

If you are an Information Technology pro and know how to tackle a web server, you can have a web server of your very own and host your website on it. This will enable you to exert complete authority over the web hosting server, to implement server configuration modifications and to apply software updates yourself instead of relying on the data center personnel. The disadvantage, however, is that you will have to guarantee the visibility of your website and to take care of all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are using a licensed OS, you will also have to invest money in the license, which typically costs more if bought for a whole hosting server.

Using a web hosting packages provider

If you don't want to carry out server maintenance tasks, the best step to take is to open an account with a web hosting solutions provider. These are companies that offer clients powerful web servers with various hardware configurations for a given tax. The servers are placed in datacenter facilities with special cooling and emergency power supply systems to guarantee continuous network connectivity.

Types of web hosting services

The World Wide Web is a deep sea and there are a lot of hosting distributors offering various hosting services to the plethora of website possessors out there. The web hosting services vary from free-of-cost hosting services, where you can host basic, HTML-based web pages, to high-priced dedicated hosting services that can drain your resources. So, what type of hosting satisfies your needs?

If you possess a small or medium-size web page that has a few hundred guests tops, you could safely resort to a shared hosting solution. Shared web hosting means that multiple hosting customers and websites are hosted on one and the very same server, thus trimming the price of the service. Shared hosting accounts normally have central processing unit, RAM, traffic and server disk storage space usage quotas to make certain that the web sites accommodated on the web hosting server do not intervene with each other and do not use more resources than they are assigned.

In case your site is more frequently visited, you should choose 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 gives you full root-level access, which permits you to make server configuration changes - something that would be impossible on a shared hosting server. The VPSs also offer burstable RAM options. Separate RAM memory and central processing unit shares are allotted to each individual virtual private web hosting server, without anyone else utilizing them. Usually there are other VPSs apart from your own that make use of the system resources of the physical server, which could at times influence the overall performance, but in the majority of circumstances it's of no concern. Should the system resources of the private virtual web hosting server, however, be insufficient for your needs, it is obviously time to migrate to a dedicated hosting web server.

The dedicated packages is a physical machine that you hire, which is used solely by you for your own website needs. Nobody else shares its system resources and you have root privileges, can select the hardware in advance, implement updates at a later time and install RAM or hard disks. Unlike with the VPSs where virtualization is mainly at the OS level and all virtual containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated hosting web server you can modify the kernel of the Operating System (usually Linux-based) too.

Choose your web hosting 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 step towards the creation of your website should be to find a web hosting provider. The most logical step to take is to discover a web hosting company that delivers an immense variety of hosting services so that you do not have to swap web hosting providers in case you first make use of a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and have to migrate to a private virtual server web hosting solution or a dedicated server web hosting solution. We, for example, distribute budget-priced shared hosting plans, affordably priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based virtual hosting servers, semi-dedicated servers with their own hosting Control Panel interface and even dedicated hosting plans. We also offer free bounties - the shared website hosting cheap domain name if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more advanced private virtual server hosting plans and dedicated hosting servers include a charge-free domain name reseller account and billing software should you decide to utilize them for reselling purposes. Add the exceptional 24/7/365 technical support service and you have all you would usually require. You could, without a doubt, find other web hosts depending on what precisely you are searching for, by conducting an online survey or by reading additional hosting reviews. The most intelligent choice, however, is a hosting services provider that is also a domain registrar and has web hosting servers in more than one country - both requirements fulfilled by us. We have web hosting servers in the US, in the UK and in Australia, and offer lots of domain name extensions for registration.

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