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What Indeed is Shared Hosting
If you desire to launch a web site and render it accessible to the whole world, it has to be hosted on a hosting server. This service is called is shared hosting.
Host your website at home or elsewhere
You could host your site on your own personal personal computer at home or at work, on a personal computer which belongs to a comrade of yours, and so on. If it is a site for testing purposes, there would be no real need for you to find a more dependable website hosting solution than that. If you wish to develop a real web site, though, which will be accessible to multiple people and you desire to make it reliable, you will also need a stable web server on which you will host it.
Why do you require a hosting server for your site?
When you have a website, it is hosted on a physical machine. That physical machine has its own physical address known also as Internet Protocol address. Writing the IP of the physical server in your browser's address bar, however, is not the best and most appropriate method to visit a web site. That is how and why domains came into being and why you need one for your website. Therefore, to set up your website, you require your own personal domain name and a web hosting server to host your web site on.
Hosting your website on your own
If you are an Information Technology expert and know how to tackle a web hosting server, you can have a web server of your very own and host your web site on it. This will allow you to exert complete authority over the machine, to make server configuration changes and to install software updates yourself instead of relying on the datacenter staff. The weak side, however, is that you will have to ensure the uptime of your site and to cope with all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are utilizing a licensed Operating System, you will also need to invest money in the license, which is usually more high-priced if bought for an entire web server.
Using a hosting accounts provider
If you don't want to deal with server maintenance tasks, the wisest step to take is to open an account with a web hosting services provider. These are companies that offer customers powerful web servers with different hardware configurations in exchange for a given tax. The hosting servers are placed in data centers with special cooling and backup power supply systems to ensure uninterrupted Internet connectivity.
Kinds of hosting services
The Internet is a deep sea and there are a multitude of companies offering different hosting services to the multitude of website possessors out there. The hosting services vary from charge-free web hosting services, where you can host basic, HTML-based websites, to high-priced dedicated web hosting services that can suck your funds dry. So, what web hosting type answers your needs?
If you possess a small or medium-size site that has a few hundred guests tops, you could safely make use of a shared hosting solution. Shared hosting means that multiple shared web hosting users and websites are hosted on one and the same web hosting server, thus decreasing the price of the web hosting service. Shared accounts usually include CPU, memory, traffic and web hosting space usage quotas to make sure that the sites accommodated on the web server do not intervene with each other and do not use more system resources than they are apportioned.
In case your web site is more frequently visited, you should select a VPS hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated servers hosting solution. VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. It offers root-level access, which permits you to implement server configuration changes - something that would be impossible on a shared web hosting server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable RAM options. Separate RAM memory and central processing unit portions are assigned to each single Virtual Private Server, without anyone else utilizing them. Usually there are other virtual private servers beside your own that avail of the resources of the physical server, which could occasionally influence the overall performance, but in most cases it is not a problem. Should the resources of the VPS web hosting server, however, be insufficient for your needs, it is apparently time to move to a dedicated web server.
The dedicated servers is a physical machine that you hire, which is used just by you for your very own website needs. No one else shares its system resources and you are granted full server root privileges, can select the hardware in advance, implement upgrades later on and add RAM or hard disk drives. Unlike with the virtual private servers where virtualization is mostly at the Operating System level and all containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated server you can revise the kernel of the Operating System (typically Linux-based) too.
Select your hosting supplier
If you know what your web site is going to include, or if you have only a loose plan that has not completely evolved yet, your first step towards the creation of your site should be to find a hosting vendor. The best course of action is to discover a web hosting distributor that offers an extensive array of web hosting solutions so that you do not have to swap hosting service providers in case you first use a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and have to upgrade to a VPS server or a dedicated hosting web server solution. We, for example, distribute low-cost shared website hosting plans, cut-price OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based private virtual hosting servers, semi-dedicated hosting servers with their own web hosting Control Panel interface and even dedicated server packages. We also offer free-of-cost gifts - the shared hosting affordable domain if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more advanced private virtual server web hosting packages and dedicated server web hosting packages include a charge-free domain reseller account and billing software in case you wish to utilize them for reselling purposes. Add the first-class 24/7/365 client support service and you have all you would normally need. You could, by all means, discover other hosting vendors depending on what exactly you are looking for, by carrying out an online survey or by checking different online hosting reviews. The most intelligent option, though, is a web hosting services provider that is also a domain registrar and has hosting servers in more than one country - both requirements satisfied by us. We have web servers in the United States of America, in the UK and in Australia, and offer a lot of domain extensions for registration.