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What Actually is Shared Hosting
If you want to create a web site and render it available for the whole world to see, it must be hosted on a web hosting server. This service is called is shared hosting.
Host your web site at home or in another place
You could host your site on your own personal PC at home or at work, on a personal computer which belongs to a friend of yours, and so on. If it is a site for experimenting purposes, there would be no real need for you to seek a more stable web hosting solution than that. If you want to set up a real web site, though, which will be reachable by plenty of people and you wish to make it reliable, you will also require a dependable web server on which you will host it.
Why do you require a server for your website?
When you own a web site, it is hosted on a physical machine. That physical server has its own physical address called IP address. Writing the Internet Protocol address of the server in your browser, however, is not the best and simplest means to open a website. That is how and why domain names appeared and why you need one for your site. Hence, to set up your website, you need your own personal domain name and a web server to host your website on.
Hosting your website yourself
If you are an IT pro and understand how to take care of a server, you can have a server of your own and host your website on it. This will allow you to have full control over the server, to implement server configuration changes and to install software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the data center staff. The weakness, though, is that you will need to guarantee the visibility of your web site and to handle all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are utilizing a licensed Operating System, you will also have to invest cash in the license, which usually costs more if bought for a whole machine.
Using a hosting accounts provider
If you don't want to carry out server maintenance tasks, the best solution is to register an account with a web hosting services provider. These are firms that offer clients powerful web hosting servers with various hardware configurations in exchange for a certain fee. The servers are housed in datacenter facilities with special cooling and uninterruptible power supply systems to ensure constant network uptime.
Kinds of web hosting services
The web is an endless ocean and there are a myriad of service providers delivering various hosting services to the multitude of web site owners out there. The hosting services range from free hosting services, where you can host basic, HTML-based web sites, to costly dedicated server web hosting services that can drain your funds. So, what type of web hosting corresponds to your needs?
If you own a small or mid-size web site that has several hundred viewers tops, you could safely make use of a shared web hosting solution. Shared web hosting signifies that a lot of web hosting accounts and web sites are accommodated on the same server, thus lowering the price of the hosting service. Shared hosting accounts commonly involve central processing unit, RAM memory, bandwidth and web hosting server hard disk storage space quotas to make certain 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 site is more resource-requiring, you should consider a VPS hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated servers hosting solution. VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. It offers full root privileges, which enables you to make server configuration changes - something that would be impossible on a shared server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable RAM memory options. Separate RAM and central processing unit shares are allocated to each individual VPS web server, without anyone else utilizing them. Typically there are other virtual private servers beside your own that share the system resources of the physical server, which could occasionally affect the overall performance, but in most instances it's of no concern. Should the resources of the private virtual web server, though, be inadequate for your needs, it is clearly time to switch to a dedicated server.
The dedicated servers is a physical server that you lease, which is utilized solely by you for your very own personal web site needs. No one else shares its resources and you receive full server root privileges, can select a hardware configuration in advance, implement upgrades at a later time 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 web hosting server you can revise the kernel of the Operating System (usually Linux-based) too.
Find your web host
If you have a vision of what your site is going to be composed of, or if you have just a vague plan that has not completely matured yet, your first step towards the creation of your site should be to pick a hosting packages provider. The best thing to do is find a hosting services provider that distributes a large array of web hosting solutions so that you do not need to swap hosting service providers if you first use a shared web hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and have to migrate to a VPS hosting solution or a dedicated web hosting solution. We, for instance, deliver low-priced shared hosting plans, cheap OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based VPS hosting server plans, semi-dedicated hosting servers with their own Control Panel interface and even dedicated servers. We also offer cost-free gifts - the shared web hosting cheap domain name if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more advanced Virtual Private Servers and dedicated hosting server plans come with a free domain reseller account and invoicing software should you wish to utilize them for reselling purposes. Add the exceptional 24/7/365 customer service and you have all you would normally require. You could, certainly, discover other hosting providers depending on what exactly you are searching for, by conducting an online search or by reading additional hosting reviews. The most intelligent choice, though, is a hosting solutions provider that is also a domain registrar and has servers in more than one country - both requirements fulfilled by us. We have servers in North America, in Great Britain and in Australia, and offer a lot of domain name extensions for registration.