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What Exactly is Shared Hosting?

If you wish to launch a web site and render it available for the whole world to see, it has to be located on a server. This service is known as is shared hosting.

Host your website at home or somewhere else

You could host your web site on your own personal computer at your house or at your workplace, on a personal computer which belongs to a mate of yours, and so on. If it is a website for experimenting purposes, there would be no real reason for you to search for a more advanced website hosting service than that. If you wish to launch an actual web site, though, which will be visible to many visitors and you desire to make it reliable, you will also require a dependable web hosting server where you will host it.

Why do you require a web server for your site?

When you own a site, it is hosted on a physical server. That physical machine has its own physical address known also as IP address. Typing the IP of the physical server in your web browser, though, is not the best and most convenient method to visit a website. That is how and why domains came into existence and why you are in need of one for your web site. So, to establish your website, you require your own personal domain and a hosting server to host your website on.

Hosting your web site on your own

If you are an Information Technology pro and understand how to handle a web server, you can have a web hosting server of your own and host your web site on it. This will allow you to exert full authority over the physical server, to implement server configuration modifications and to apply software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the data center staff. The negative side, though, is that you will need to guarantee the visibility of your site and to deal with all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are availing of a licensed OS, you will also need to invest cash in the license, which is normally more costly if bought for an entire machine.

Using a web hosting supplier

If you don't want to handle server maintenance procedures, the most logical step to take is to register an account with a web hosting plans provider. These are companies that offer customers powerful web servers with different hardware configurations in exchange for a certain fee. The web hosting servers are placed in data centers with special cooling and backup power systems to ensure continuous Internet connectivity.

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The Internet is a wide sea and there are a myriad of service providers offering various hosting services to the myriad of website proprietors out there. The hosting services range from cost-free hosting services, where you can host plain, HTML-based sites, to costly dedicated server web hosting services that can drain your finances. So, what web hosting type meets your demands?

If you possess a small or average-size web page that has several hundred viewers tops, you could safely avail of a shared web hosting solution. Shared web hosting means that multiple shared web hosting user accounts and sites are hosted on one and the same server, thus slashing the price of the web hosting service. Shared accounts commonly include central processing unit, RAM, web traffic and web hosting server disk storage space usage quotas to make certain that the web sites hosted on the server do not intervene with each other and do not utilize more system resources than they are apportioned.

If your website is more resource-demanding, you should choose a VPS hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated servers hosting solution. VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. It gives you root access, which enables you to implement server configuration changes - something that would be inconceivable on a shared hosting server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable RAM options. Separate RAM memory and CPU portions are allotted to each single virtual private web hosting server, without anyone else utilizing them. Typically there are other virtual private servers aside from yours that make use of the resources of the physical server, which could at times influence the overall performance, but in the majority of circumstances it is not a problem. Should the system resources of the virtual web server, though, be insufficient for your needs, it is apparently time to get a dedicated hosting web server.

The dedicated servers is a server that you hire, which is utilized exclusively by you for your very own personal website needs. Nobody else shares its system resources and you obtain full root privileges, can choose the hardware in advance, add updates at a later time and add RAM or hard disks. Unlike with the virtual private servers where virtualization is mainly at the Operating System level and all containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated server you can modify the kernel of the Operating System (usually Linux-based) as well.

Select your hosting vendor

If you have a notion of what your site is going to contain, or if you have just a loose plan that has not fully evolved yet, your initial move towards the creation of your web site should be to find a hosting distributor. The most reasonable step to take is to find a web hosting supplier that supplies an immense selection of web hosting services so that you do not need to change web hosts if you first use a shared hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and have to move to a VPS hosting solution or a dedicated web hosting server solution. We, for example, furnish moderately priced shared web hosting plans, reasonably priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based VPS web hosting server plans, semi-dedicated hosting servers with their own Control Panel interface and even dedicated web hosting packages. We also offer charge-free presents - the shared web hosting low-cost domain name if they are paid for on a yearly basis, the more powerful Virtual Private Server web hosting packages and dedicated server hosting packages come with a free domain reseller account and invoicing software should you decide to utilize them for reselling purposes. Add the first-class 24x7 support service and you have all you would normally need. You could, by all means, discover other hosting service providers depending on what precisely you are looking for, by carrying out an online survey or by examining different hosting reviews online. The most reasonable choice, though, is a hosting services provider that is also a domain registrar and has web servers in more than one country - both preconditions fulfilled by us. We have web servers in North America, in England and in Australia, and offer many domain name extensions for registration.