How Web Hosting Services Works
If you desire to create a website and make it available for the whole world to see, it must be located on a hosting server. The name of this service is web hosting.
Host your web site at home or somewhere else
You could host your web 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 website for experimenting purposes, there would be no real reason for you to look for a more advanced website hosting solution than that. If you desire to set up a real web site, though, which will be accessible to multiple visitors and you desire to make it reliable, you will also require a stable hosting server on which you will host it.
Why do you need a web hosting server for your website?
When you own a site, it is hosted on a physical machine. That physical server has its own physical address called Internet Protocol address. Writing the IP of the physical server in your web browser's address bar, however, is not the best and most appropriate means to pay a visit to a web site. That is how and why domains appeared and why you are in need of one for your website. So, to establish your site, you need your own domain and a web server to host your web site on.
Hosting your website yourself
If you are an Information Technology specialist and understand how to administer a web server, you can have a web server of your very own and host your web site on it. This will allow you to have full control over the physical machine, to implement server configuration modifications and to apply software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the data center personnel. The weak side, however, is that you will need to ensure the uptime of your site and to cope with all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are using a licensed OS, you will also need to spend money on the license, which typically costs more if purchased for a whole server.
Using a web hosting distributor
If you don't want to take care of server maintenance procedures, the smartest step to take is to register an account with a web hosting provider. These are companies that offer customers powerful hosting servers with different hardware configurations for a certain tax. The web servers are located in data centers with special cooling and UPS systems to guarantee uninterrupted network uptime.
Kinds of web hosting services
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The Internet is an endless sea and there are a myriad of web hosting companies offering various hosting services to the plethora of website possessors out there. The web hosting services vary from free web hosting services, where you can host plain, HTML-based web pages, to high-priced dedicated web server hosting services that can drain your funds. So, what hosting type satisfies your requirements?
If you have a small or average-size site that has several hundred visitors max, you could safely utilize a shared web hosting solution. Shared hosting implies that a lot of shared hosting users and web sites are hosted on the same hosting server, thus lowering the price of the web hosting service. Shared accounts usually include central processing unit, RAM, web traffic and web hosting server disk space quotas to ensure that the web sites hosted on the web hosting server do not interfere with each other and do not utilize more system resources than they are assigned.
In case your website is more resource-devouring, you should select 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 gives you root privileges, which allows you to implement server configuration modifications - something that would be impossible on a shared server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable RAM options. Separate RAM and CPU portions are assigned to each individual VPS hosting server, without anyone else using them. Usually there are other virtual private servers aside from your own that make use of the system resources of the physical machine, which could occasionally influence the overall performance, but in most cases it is not a problem. Should the resources of the virtual private web hosting server, however, be insufficient for your needs, it is obviously time to move to a dedicated server.
The dedicated hosting is a server that you rent, which is used just by you for your own website needs. No one else uses its system resources and you gain full server root privileges, can select a hardware configuration in advance, apply upgrades at a later time and add RAM or hard disk drives. Unlike with the virtual private servers 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 Operating System (typically Linux-based) too.
Pick your web hosting packages provider
If you have a notion of what your web site is going to contain, or if you have just a loose idea that has not fully evolved yet, your initial move towards the creation of your web site should be to choose a hosting distributor. The best course of action is to find a hosting corporation that delivers a large variety of hosting solutions so that you do not need to swap hosting providers in case you first use a shared hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and need to upgrade to a VPS web hosting server or a dedicated server web hosting solution. We, for instance, furnish cut-rate shared website hosting packages, cheap OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based VPS hosting plans, semi-dedicated hosting servers with their own hosting Control Panel and even dedicated hosting web server plans. We also offer free-of-cost extras - the shared website hosting cheap domain name if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more powerful private virtual web server plans and dedicated web hosting plans include a free-of-charge domain reseller account and invoicing software should you wish to use them for reselling purposes. Add the exceptional 24x7 technical support service and you have all you would usually require. You could, by all means, discover other hosting suppliers depending on what exactly you are searching for, by conducting an online search or by examining additional hosting reviews online. The most suitable choice, however, is a web hosting services provider that is also a domain name registrar and has hosting servers in more than one country - both prerequisites fulfilled by us. We have servers in North America, in the United Kingdom and in Australia, and offer loads of domain extensions for registration.