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Description of Shared Hosting

If you would like to set up a site and render it accessible to the whole world, it needs to be located on a web hosting server. The name of this service is shared hosting.

Host your site at home or elsewhere

You could host your web site on your own personal personal computer at home or at work, on a computer which belongs to a pal of yours, and so on. If it is a site for experimenting purposes, there would be no real need for you to discover a more advanced website hosting service than that. If you desire to set up a real web site, though, which will be visible to multiple people and you would like to make it dependable, you will also need a stable server on which you will host it.

Why do you require a server for your web site?

When you own a website, it is located on a physical server. That physical machine has its own physical address called IP address. Typing the IP address of the physical server in your browser's address bar, however, is not the best and most convenient means to reach a website. That is how and why domains appeared and why you are in need of one for your site. Thus, to launch your website, you require a domain of your own and a web hosting server to host your web site on.

Hosting your site on your own

If you are an Information Technology expert and understand how to tackle a web server, you can have a server of your very own and host your web site on it. This will enable you to have complete authority over the physical server, to make server configuration changes and to apply software updates yourself instead of relying on the datacenter staff. The weak side, however, is that you will need to guarantee the accessibility of your website and to deal with all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are using a licensed OS, you will also have to pay for the license, which is usually more costly if bought for a whole physical server.

Using a hosting provider

If you don't want to cope with server maintenance duties, the best thing to do is open an account with a web hosting accounts provider. These are firms that offer customers powerful hosting servers with different hardware configurations in exchange for a given fee. The web servers are stored in data center facilities with special cooling and emergency power systems to ensure continuous network connectivity.

Varieties of web hosting services

The web is a bottomless sea and there are numerous hosting corporations delivering different hosting services to the myriad of website proprietors out there. The web hosting services range from free web hosting services, where you can host basic, HTML-based web pages, to expensive dedicated server web hosting services that can suck your funds dry. So, what web hosting type suits your demands?

If you run a small or average-size site that has several hundred visitors max, you could safely avail of a shared hosting solution. Shared hosting signifies that lots of shared web hosting user accounts and web sites are hosted on the very same hosting server, thus trimming the price of the service. Shared web hosting accounts usually have CPU, RAM, bandwidth and hosting server hard drive space usage quotas to make certain that the websites hosted on the web hosting server do not intervene with each other and do not use more system resources than they are assigned.

In case your site is more popular, you should pick a virtual private servers hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. It offers full root access, which allows you to implement server configuration changes - something that would be impossible on a shared hosting server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable memory options. Separate RAM memory and CPU portions are allocated to each single virtual private hosting server, without anyone else using them. Typically there are other virtual private servers aside from yours that avail of the system resources of the physical machine, which could sometimes affect the overall performance, but in most circumstances it is not a problem. Should the resources of the private virtual web server, however, be insufficient for your needs, it is plainly time to migrate to a dedicated hosting server.

The dedicated servers is a physical server that you rent, which is used only by you for your very own personal web site needs. Nobody else uses its system resources and you acquire complete root access, can choose a hardware configuration in advance, implement upgrades at a later time and install RAM or hard disks. 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 OS (usually Linux-based) too.

Find your web hosting plans provider

If you have an idea of what your site is going to include, or if you have just a vague idea that has not completely evolved yet, your first step towards the creation of your web site should be to choose a web hosting distributor. The most relevant step to take is to find a web hosting firm that delivers a broad selection of web 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 have to migrate to a virtual private web hosting server or a dedicated hosting solution. We, for instance, offer low-priced shared website hosting plans, low-cost OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based private virtual hosting server packages, semi-dedicated servers with their own web hosting Control Panel and even dedicated server web hosting packages. We also offer cost-free bonuses - the shared web hosting affordable domain if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more powerful VPS server hosting packages and dedicated web hosting server plans come with a free domain name reseller account and invoicing software in case you wish to utilize them for reselling purposes. Add the top-notch 24-7 technical support service and you have all you would typically need. You could, of course, discover other hosting firms depending on what exactly you are searching for, by carrying out an online search or by examining different online hosting reviews. The best option, though, is a hosting supplier that is also a domain name registrar and has web hosting servers in more than one country - both preconditions fulfilled by us. We have web hosting servers in the United States of America, in Britain and in Australia, and offer lots of domain extensions for registration.