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What is Shared Hosting?

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

Host your website at home or in another place

You could host your website on your own personal PC at your house or at your workplace, on a personal computer which belongs to a pal of yours, etc. If it is a site for experimenting purposes, there would be no real reason for you to seek a more advanced web hosting service than that. If you wish to set up an actual website, though, which will be visible to a lot of individuals and you wish to make it reliable, you will also require a stable web server on which you will host it.

Why do you require a web hosting server for your site?

When you own a site, it is located on a physical machine. That physical server has its own physical address called IP address. Typing the IP of the server in your web browser, however, is not the best and most suitable method to visit a website. That is how and why domains came into existence and why you need one for your site. Therefore, to launch your website, you require your own domain name and a web server to host your website on.

Hosting your site yourself

If you are an Information Technology pro and understand how to handle a hosting server, you can have a web hosting server of your very own and host your web site on it. This will allow you to exercise complete control over the hosting server, to implement server configuration modifications and to install software updates yourself instead of relying on the data center personnel. The weak side, though, is that you will need to guarantee the uptime of your site and to take care of all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are availing of a licensed Operating System, you will also have to spend cash on the license, which is usually more costly if purchased for a whole server.

Using a hosting provider

If you don't want to carry out server maintenance procedures, the best thing to do is open an account with a web hosting distributor. These are firms that offer clients powerful web hosting servers with different hardware configurations for a given tax. The web servers are physically located in data centers with special cooling and UPS systems to ensure uninterrupted service uptime.

Types of web hosting services

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The Internet is a wide ocean and there are a lot of hosting firms delivering various hosting services to the plethora of website owners out there. The hosting services range from free-of-charge web hosting services, where you can host plain, HTML-based web sites, to costly dedicated server web hosting services that can drain your monthly allowance. So, what hosting type answers your needs?

If you have a small or mid-size web site that has several hundred guests max, you could safely make use of a shared web hosting solution. Shared hosting implies that multiple shared web hosting clients and web sites are hosted on the very same server, thus lowering the price of the service. Shared accounts commonly involve central processing unit, RAM memory, bandwidth and hard disk space usage quotas to guarantee that the websites hosted on the web hosting server do not meddle with each other and do not utilize more system resources than they are allocated.

If your website is busier, you should opt for a virtual private servers 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 full root-level access, which allows you to implement server configuration modifications - something that would be unthinkable on a shared web server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable RAM memory options. Separate RAM memory and central processing unit portions are allotted to each individual virtual hosting server, without anyone else using them. Typically there are other virtual private servers beside your own that utilize the system resources of the physical server, which could at times affect the overall performance, but in the majority of cases it's of no concern. Should the resources of the VPS web server, however, be insufficient for your needs, it is plainly time to get a dedicated web server.

The dedicated servers is a physical machine that you rent, which is utilized solely by you for your own personal web site needs. Nobody else shares its resources and you are granted root privileges, can select a hardware configuration in advance, add upgrades at a later time and install RAM or hard disk drives. Unlike with the virtual private servers where virtualization is mainly at the Operating System level and all virtual containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated web server you can update the kernel of the OS (usually Linux-based) too.

Find your hosting services provider

If you have an idea of what your site is going to include, or if you have only a loose plan that has not completely evolved yet, your initial move towards the creation of your site should be to choose a web hosting distributor. The most relevant step to take is to find a hosting services provider that offers an immense assortment of website hosting solutions so that you do not need to swap hosting service providers if you first avail of a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and need to upgrade to a VPS or a dedicated web server hosting solution. We, for example, deliver budget-priced shared website hosting plans, moderately priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based Virtual Private Server web hosting packages, semi-dedicated servers with their own hosting Control Panel and even dedicated web servers. We also offer free gifts - the shared website hosting cheap domain name if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more advanced Virtual Private Servers and dedicated server packages include a cost-free domain name reseller account and billing software should you decide to utilize them for reselling purposes. Throw in the excellent 24/7 technical support service and you have all you would normally require. You could, by all means, discover other web hosts depending on what exactly you are searching for, by conducting an online search or by examining additional web hosting reviews. The most appropriate choice, though, is a hosting accounts provider that is also a domain registrar and has servers in more than one country - both prerequisites fulfilled by us. We have web servers in the United States of America, in Great Britain and in Australia, and offer many domain name extensions for registration.