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Shared Hosting Description
If you wish to launch a website and make it visible to the whole world, it needs to be located on a hosting server. The name of this service is shared hosting.
Host your website at home or in another place
You could host your site on your own PC at home or at work, on a computer which belongs to a friend of yours, etc. If it is a website for testing purposes, there would be no real reason for you to find a more advanced web hosting solution than that. If you would like to set up a real web site, however, which will be visible to lots of people and you want to make it dependable, you will also require a dependable hosting server where you will host it.
Why do you require a server for your web site?
When you have a site, it is located on a physical server. That physical server has its own physical address known also as Internet Protocol address. Writing the IP of the machine in your web browser's address bar, however, is not the best and most suitable way to pay a visit to a website. That is how and why domains came into existence and why you need one for your site. Hence, to launch your web site, you require your own personal domain name and a server to host your site on.
Hosting your web site yourself
If you are an Information Technology pro and understand how to tackle a server, you can have a web server of your own and host your website on it. This will allow you to exert complete control over the hosting server, to make server configuration modifications and to install software updates yourself instead of relying on the datacenter staff. The drawback, though, is that you will have to ensure the availability of your site and to deal with all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are making use of a licensed Operating System, you will also have to invest cash in the license, which normally costs more if purchased for an entire server.
Using a web hosting packages provider
If you don't want to take care of server maintenance tasks, the most relevant step to take is to open an account with a web hosting distributor. These are companies that offer customers powerful servers with various hardware configurations for a certain fee. The web servers are placed in data centers with special cooling and emergency power systems to guarantee continuous service uptime.
Types of web hosting services
The World Wide Web is a large sea and there are a multitude of providers providing different hosting services to the multitude of web site proprietors out there. The web hosting services vary from cost-free web hosting services, where you can host plain, HTML-based web sites, to costly dedicated server web hosting services that can suck your funds dry. So, what hosting type corresponds to your requirements?
If you own a small or medium-size web page that has a few hundred viewers tops, you could safely avail of a shared web hosting solution. Shared web hosting implies that many users and web sites are accommodated on the same web server, thus slashing the price of the hosting service. Shared web hosting accounts ordinarily involve CPU, memory, traffic and hosting server hard disk storage space usage quotas to make certain that the sites hosted on the web hosting server do not interfere with each other and do not use more resources than they are allocated.
In case your site is more frequently visited, you should opt for a VPS hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. It gives you root privileges, which permits you to implement server configuration changes - something that would be impossible on a shared server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable RAM memory options. Separate RAM memory and CPU portions are allocated to each single virtual web server, without anyone else utilizing them. Typically there are other virtual private servers apart from your own that use the system resources of the physical server, which could occasionally affect the overall performance, but in most instances it is not a problem. Should the system resources of the private virtual hosting server, though, be insufficient for your needs, it is clearly time to order a dedicated server.
The dedicated hosting is a server that you hire, which is utilized just by you for your own personal web site needs. No one else uses its resources and you get full root access, can choose a hardware configuration in advance, add updates later on and add RAM or hard drives. Unlike with the virtual private servers where virtualization is mostly at the Operating System level and all virtual containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated web hosting server you can update the kernel of the OS (usually Linux-based) as well.
Find your web hosting plans provider
If you have a notion of what your web site is going to consist of, or if you have only a loose plan that has not fully matured yet, your first move towards the creation of your website should be to discover a hosting distributor. The smartest step to take is to discover a hosting firm that offers a large assortment of website hosting services so that you do not have to switch web hosting providers in case you first avail of a shared hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and need to migrate to a VPS server solution or a dedicated web hosting solution. We, for instance, furnish cut-rate shared website hosting packages, modestly priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based virtual server web hosting plans, semi-dedicated hosting servers with their own Control Panel user interface and even dedicated servers. We also offer charge-free presents - the shared website hosting affordable domain if they are paid for on a yearly basis, the more powerful VPS web hosting server packages and dedicated hosting web server packages come with a cost-free domain reseller account and invoicing software in case you wish to utilize them for reselling purposes. Throw in the superb 24-7 customer support service and you have all you would typically need. You could, by all means, discover other hosting companies depending on what exactly you are searching for, by conducting an online survey or by reading different online hosting reviews. The most appropriate choice, however, is a web hosting packages provider that is also a domain registrar and has web servers in more than one country - both prerequisites satisfied by us. We have hosting servers in America, in England and in Australia, and offer a lot of domain name extensions for registration.