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If you want to set up a website and render it visible to the whole world, it must be located on a web hosting server. The name of this service is hosting.

Host your site at home or in another place

You could host your site on your own personal computer at home or at work, on a personal computer which belongs to a mate of yours, etc. If it is a website for experimenting purposes, there would be no real reason for you to seek a more reliable hosting service than that. If you would like to launch a real website, though, which will be reachable by plenty of people and you desire to make it dependable, you will also require a reliable web server on which you will host it.

Why do you need a web server for your web site?

When you have a website, it is located on a physical machine. That physical machine has its own physical address called IP address. Writing the IP address of the machine in your web browser, however, is not the best and easiest means to open a web site. That is how and why domains came into being and why you are in need of one for your website. Hence, to launch your website, you need a domain of your own and a web hosting server to host your site on.

Hosting your web site yourself

If you are an IT pro and know how to deal with a web hosting server, you can have a hosting server of your own and host your site on it. This will allow you to have full authority over the web server, to implement server configuration modifications and to apply software updates yourself instead of relying on the datacenter personnel. The weak side, though, is that you will have to ensure the uptime of your site and to handle all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are utilizing a licensed OS, you will also need to spend cash on the license, which is typically more expensive if bought for an entire hosting server.

Using a hosting solutions provider

If you don't want to cope with server maintenance procedures, the best thing to do is sign up for an account with a web hosting solutions provider. These are firms that offer clients powerful web hosting servers with various hardware configurations for a given tax. The servers are placed in datacenter facilities with special cooling and emergency power systems to guarantee uninterrupted service uptime.

Types of hosting services

The World Wide Web is a broad ocean and there are many companies delivering different hosting services to the multitude of web site proprietors out there. The web hosting services range from free-of-charge web hosting services, where you can host plain, HTML-based web pages, to costly dedicated web server hosting services that can drain your monthly allowance. So, what web hosting type suits your demands?

If you possess a small or medium-sized website that has several hundred visitors tops, you could safely utilize a shared web hosting solution. Shared web hosting means that plenty of hosting users and websites are hosted on one and the same hosting server, thus slashing the price of the hosting service. Shared hosting accounts usually involve central processing unit, RAM, bandwidth and web content space usage quotas to make sure that the sites hosted on the hosting server do not intervene with each other and do not utilize more system resources than they are assigned.

In case your site is more resource-absorbing, you should consider 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 offers root access, which allows you to make server configuration changes - something that would be unthinkable on a shared web server. The VPSs also offer burstable memory options. Separate RAM memory and central processing unit portions are assigned to each individual virtual hosting server, without anyone else using them. Typically there are other VPSs apart from yours that use the resources of the physical machine, which could sometimes affect the overall performance, but in most circumstances it's of no concern. Should the system resources of the virtual web hosting server, however, be insufficient for your needs, it is apparently time to obtain a dedicated web server.

The dedicated packages is a server that you rent, which is utilized just by you for your own personal web site needs. No one else shares its system resources and you are given root-level access, can select a hardware configuration in advance, apply upgrades later on and install RAM or hard disk drives. Unlike with the VPSs where virtualization is mostly at the OS level and all virtual containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated web hosting server you can update the kernel of the OS (typically Linux-based) too.

Choose your hosting packages provider

If you know what your site is going to contain, or if you have just a vague idea that has not completely evolved yet, your initial step towards the creation of your web site should be to find a web hosting solutions provider. The best course of action is to discover a web hosting corporation that provides an extensive variety of website hosting services so that you do not have to change hosting service providers if you first use a shared hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and need to shift to a VPS or a dedicated hosting server. We, for instance, distribute budget-priced shared website hosting packages, moderately priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based Virtual Private Servers, semi-dedicated servers with their own web hosting Control Panel user interface and even dedicated server web hosting packages. We also offer free-of-cost bounties - the shared web hosting affordable domain name if they are paid for on a yearly basis, the more powerful VPS hosting server packages and dedicated hosting web server packages include a free-of-cost domain name reseller account and billing software should you decide to use them for reselling purposes. Throw in the topflight 24x7x365 support service and you have all you would usually require. You could, certainly, discover other web hosting companies depending on what exactly you are searching for, by conducting an online survey or by checking additional web hosting reviews online. The wisest choice, though, is a web host that is also a domain name registrar and has web servers in more than one country - both prerequisites fulfilled by us. We have hosting servers in the States, in England and in Australia, and offer a multitude of domain extensions for registration.

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