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How Shared Web Hosting Operates

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If you wish to create a website and make it accessible to the whole world, it must be hosted on a web hosting server. This service is called is shared web hosting.

Host your site at home or elsewhere

You could host your site on your own computer at your house or at your workplace, on a PC which belongs to a pal of yours, and so on. If it is a web site for experimenting purposes, there would be no real need for you to discover a more powerful website hosting solution than that. If you wish to establish an actual web site, however, which will be reachable by a lot of viewers and you desire to make it dependable, you will also require a dependable hosting server where you will host it.

Why do you need a web server for your site?

When you own a website, it is hosted on a physical machine. That physical server has its own physical address called IP address. Typing the IP address of the machine in your web browser's address bar, however, is not the best and simplest method to reach a website. That is how and why domains came into existence and why you are in need of one for your site. Therefore, to set up your site, you need your own domain and a hosting server to host your website on.

Hosting your website on your own

If you are an Information Technology professional and understand how to deal with a server, you can have a hosting server of your own and host your web site on it. This will allow you to have complete control over the web hosting server, to implement server configuration modifications and to apply software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the data center staff. The downside, though, is that you will have to ensure the availability of your site and to cope with all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are availing of a licensed OS, you will also need to invest money in the license, which typically costs more if purchased for a whole web server.

Using a hosting plans provider

If you don't want to carry out server maintenance duties, the wisest step to take is to sign up for an account with a web hosting company. These are firms that offer customers powerful servers with various hardware configurations for a given fee. The web servers are kept in datacenter facilities with special cooling and emergency power supply systems to guarantee constant network uptime.

Varieties of web hosting services

The Internet is a vast ocean and there are multiple hosting suppliers providing different hosting services to the myriad of website proprietors out there. The hosting services range from cost-free hosting services, where you can host basic, HTML-based sites, to high-priced dedicated hosting services that can suck your finances dry. So, what hosting type meets your needs?

If you have a small or medium-size web site that has several hundred visitors tops, you could safely make use of a shared hosting solution. Shared web hosting implies that a lot of shared hosting clients and sites are accommodated on the very same server, thus decreasing the price of the web hosting service. Shared accounts normally involve CPU, RAM memory, traffic and hard disk storage space quotas to guarantee that the web sites hosted on the server do not interfere with each other and do not use more system resources than they are allotted.

In case your website is more resource-absorbing, you should choose a VPS web hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated servers web hosting solution. VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. It gives you root-level access, 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 options. Separate RAM memory and central processing unit shares are allocated to each individual virtual private web hosting server, without anyone else using them. Typically there are other virtual private servers aside from your own that use the resources of the physical server, which could occasionally influence the overall performance, but in most instances it is not a problem. Should the system resources of the virtual private web hosting server, however, be inadequate for your needs, it is clearly time to order a dedicated web hosting server.

The dedicated server web hosting is a server that you rent, which is utilized just by you for your very own personal website needs. Nobody else uses its system resources and you receive full server root privileges, can choose the hardware in advance, add upgrades at a later time and add RAM or hard drives. Unlike with the virtual private servers where virtualization is mostly at the OS level and all containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated server you can revise the kernel of the Operating System (usually Linux-based) too.

Pick your web hosting solutions provider

If you know what your website is going to be composed of, or if you have just a loose idea that has not completely evolved yet, your very first move towards the creation of your web site should be to choose a hosting accounts provider. The most intelligent step to take is to discover a web hosting services provider that offers a wide selection of website hosting solutions so that you do not have to switch hosting providers if you first use a shared web hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and have to shift to a virtual hosting server or a dedicated server web hosting solution. We, for example, deliver low-priced shared web hosting packages, modestly priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based VPS hosting servers, semi-dedicated web hosting servers with their own hosting Control Panel and even dedicated web server hosting packages. We also offer free bonuses - the shared website hosting low-cost domain name if they are paid for on a yearly basis, the more powerful Virtual Private Server plans and dedicated web hosting packages include a charge-free domain name reseller account and invoicing software in case you decide to use them for reselling purposes. Throw in the exceptional round-the-clock tech support service and you have all you would normally need. You could, undoubtedly, find other web hosting distributors depending on what precisely you are looking for, by carrying out an online search or by examining different hosting reviews online. The smartest choice, though, is a web hosting supplier that is also a domain registrar and has hosting servers in more than one country - both requirements met by us. We have servers in North America, in the UK and in Australia, and offer numerous domain extensions for registration.

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