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If you would like to launch a web site and make it accessible to the whole world, it has to be hosted on a hosting server. This service is known as is hosting.
Host your website at home or elsewhere
You could host your site on your own personal PC at your house or at your workplace, on a personal computer which belongs to a friend of yours, and so on. If it is a website for experimenting purposes, there would be no real reason for you to search for a more powerful hosting service than that. If you want to launch a real website, however, which will be visible to lots of individuals and you wish to make it reliable, you will also need a reliable server where you will host it.
Why do you need a web server for your site?
When you own a site, it is hosted on a physical machine. That physical machine has its own physical address known also as Internet Protocol address. Typing the IP of the physical machine in your web browser's address bar, however, is not the best and easiest means to reach a website. That is how and why domains appeared and why you are in need of one for your site. Thus, to create your site, you require your own personal domain name and a web hosting server to host your site on.
Hosting your website yourself
If you are an IT specialist and know how to manage a web server, you can have a hosting server of your own and host your web site on it. This will allow you to exercise complete control over the web server, to make server configuration modifications and to install software updates yourself instead of relying on the data center staff. The weak side, however, is that you will need to guarantee the availability of your web site and to handle all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are making use of a licensed Operating System, you will also need to invest money in the license, which usually costs more if purchased for an entire machine.
Using a web hosting vendor
If you don't want to deal with server maintenance duties, the most intelligent step to take is to open an account with a web hosting packages provider. These are companies that offer customers powerful web servers with various hardware configurations in exchange for a certain tax. The web servers are physically located in data centers with special cooling and backup power systems to ensure continuous network connectivity.
Kinds of hosting services
The World Wide Web is a broad ocean and there are a myriad of web hosting firms providing different hosting services to the myriad of web site proprietors out there. The web hosting services range from cost-free web hosting services, where you can host plain, HTML-based sites, to high-priced dedicated server hosting services that can suck your finances dry. So, what type of web hosting matches your demands?
If you run a small or mid-size website that has a few hundred viewers max, you could safely avail of a shared web hosting solution. Shared web hosting suggests that plenty of customers and websites are accommodated on the same server, thus curtailing the price of the hosting service. Shared web hosting accounts commonly involve CPU, memory, traffic and server hard drive space usage quotas to make certain that the sites hosted on the server do not intervene with each other and do not use more system resources than they are assigned.
If your site is more frequently visited, you should consider a VPS hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. It offers full root-level access, which allows 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 portions are allocated to each individual virtual server, without anyone else utilizing them. Usually there are other VPSs aside from yours that use the resources of the physical machine, which could at times influence the overall performance, but in the majority of instances it is not a problem. Should the system resources of the private virtual hosting server, though, be inadequate for your needs, it is apparently time to switch to a dedicated hosting server.
The dedicated servers is a physical server that you rent, which is used exclusively by you for your own web site needs. Nobody else shares its system resources and you obtain full server root privileges, can select the hardware in advance, add upgrades at a later time and add RAM or hard drives. Unlike with the VPSs where virtualization is mainly at the OS level and all virtual containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated server you can update the kernel of the OS (usually Linux-based) as well.
Select your hosting provider
If you have a vision of what your web site is going to consist of, or if you have only a vague idea that has not completely matured yet, your initial step towards the creation of your site should be to select a hosting provider. The best solution is to find a hosting provider that furnishes a broad variety of website hosting services so that you do not need to switch web hosts if you first use a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and need to migrate to a virtual server hosting solution or a dedicated server web hosting solution. We, for instance, furnish cheap shared website hosting packages, cheap OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based private virtual hosting server packages, semi-dedicated servers with their own Control Panel user interface and even dedicated server hosting packages. We also offer free presents - the shared hosting low-cost domain name if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more powerful Virtual Private Server web hosting plans and dedicated hosting web servers include a free-of-cost domain reseller account and invoicing software in case you decide to use them for reselling purposes. Add the first-rate 24/7 technical support service and you have all you would normally need. You could, by all means, discover other hosting suppliers depending on what precisely you are looking for, by conducting an online survey or by reading different online hosting reviews. The most relevant choice, though, is a web hosting packages provider that is also a domain registrar and has web hosting servers in more than one country - both preconditions fulfilled by us. We have web servers in the USA, in the United Kingdom and in Australia, and offer a plethora of domain extensions for registration.