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Description of Shared Web Hosting

If you desire to build a site and render it visible to the whole world, it needs to be hosted on a web hosting server. This service is known as is shared web hosting.

Host your website at home or elsewhere

You could host your website on your own personal computer at home or at work, on a computer which belongs to a pal of yours, etc. If it is a web site for experimenting purposes, there would be no real reason for you to search for a more stable website hosting service than that. If you wish to build an actual website, however, which will be visible to multiple viewers and you desire to make it reliable, you will also require a reliable server on which you will host it.

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

When you have a site, it is located on a physical server. That physical server has its own physical address called IP address. Typing the Internet Protocol address of the physical machine in your browser, however, is not the best and most appropriate means to reach a web site. That is how and why domain names came into existence and why you are in need of one for your website. So, to set up your web site, you require a domain name of your own and a web hosting server to host your website on.

Hosting your site yourself

If you are an IT pro and know how to manage a web hosting server, you can have a server of your very own and host your web site on it. This will allow you to have full authority over the web server, to implement server configuration changes and to install software updates yourself instead of relying on the data center staff. The negative side, though, is that you will need to guarantee the accessibility of your web site and to cope with all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are using a licensed Operating System, you will also need to invest money in the license, which is usually more high-priced if bought for a whole server.

Using a web hosting accounts provider

If you don't want to perform server maintenance procedures, the best thing to do is open an account with a web hosting services provider. These are companies that offer customers powerful hosting servers with different hardware configurations in exchange for a given tax. The hosting servers are stored in data center facilities with special cooling and uninterruptible power supply systems to guarantee uninterrupted network connectivity.

Types of web hosting services

The Internet is an immense sea and there are a multitude of web hosting providers offering different hosting services to the myriad of website possessors out there. The web hosting services range from charge-free web hosting services, where you can host simple, HTML-based web pages, to costly dedicated server web hosting services that can drain your funds. So, what type of web hosting suits your demands?

If you run a small or medium-size web site that has a few hundred viewers max, you could safely make use of a shared hosting solution. Shared web hosting implies that multiple users and web sites are accommodated on the same web hosting server, thus curtailing the price of the hosting service. Shared web hosting accounts commonly have central processing unit, RAM, web traffic and server disk drive storage space usage quotas to guarantee that the sites hosted on the hosting server do not intervene with each other and do not utilize more resources than they are assigned.

If your site is bigger, you should opt for a VPS web hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated servers web hosting solution. VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. It offers full root privileges, which allows you to make server configuration modifications - something that would be unthinkable on a shared hosting web server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable memory options. Separate RAM memory and central processing unit shares are assigned to each individual VPS hosting server, without anyone else using them. Usually there are other virtual private servers apart from yours that utilize the resources of the physical machine, which could occasionally affect the overall performance, but in the majority of circumstances 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 obtain a dedicated server.

The dedicated server web hosting is a physical server that you lease, which is used only by you for your very own web site needs. Nobody else shares its resources and you are bestowed with complete server root access, can select a hardware configuration in advance, apply updates later on and add RAM or hard 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 revise the kernel of the OS (typically Linux-based) as well.

Choose your hosting solutions provider

If you have a vision of what your web site is going to contain, or if you have only a vague plan that has not fully matured yet, your very first step towards the creation of your web site should be to select a hosting distributor. The best thing to do is discover a web hosting services provider that provides a wide array of website hosting services so that you do not need to change web hosting providers in case you first avail of a shared hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and have to switch to a virtual server hosting solution or a dedicated server hosting solution. We, for instance, provide cut-rate shared hosting packages, moderately priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based Virtual Private Servers, semi-dedicated web hosting servers with their own Control Panel user interface and even dedicated hosting web server packages. We also offer free bounties - the shared hosting cheap domain if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more advanced private virtual server plans and dedicated web server packages include a free-of-charge domain reseller account and billing software should you decide to use them for reselling purposes. Add the excellent 24/7/365 support service and you have all you would normally need. You could, of course, discover other web hosting vendors depending on what precisely you are looking for, by conducting an online search or by checking additional hosting reviews. The best option, however, is a hosting plans provider that is also a domain registrar and has hosting servers in more than one country - both preconditions fulfilled by us. We have web hosting servers in America, in England and in Australia, and offer many domain name extensions for registration.