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How Web Hosting Services Operates

If you want to build a site and make it accessible to the whole world, it has to be hosted on a web hosting server. This service is known as is web hosting.

Host your web site at home or in another place

You could host your site on your own personal PC at your house or at your workplace, on a personal computer which belongs to a chum of yours, and so on. If it is a web site for testing purposes, there would be no real need for you to look for a more powerful website hosting solution than that. If you desire to develop an actual web site, however, which will be visible to plenty of individuals and you would like to make it dependable, you will also need a reliable 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 server. That physical machine has its own physical address called IP address. Typing the IP of the server in your browser's address bar, though, is not the best and simplest method to reach a web site. That is how and why domains appeared and why you are in need of one for your web site. Hence, to create your website, you need your own domain and a server to host your website on.

Hosting your site yourself

If you are an IT expert and understand how to deal with a web hosting server, you can have a web hosting server of your very own and host your site on it. This will allow you to have complete authority over the web server, to implement server configuration modifications and to apply software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the data center personnel. The weak side, however, is that you will have to guarantee the uptime of your site and to cope with all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are availing of a licensed Operating System, you will also need to pay for the license, which is typically more expensive if bought for an entire web server.

Using a hosting distributor

If you don't want to deal with server maintenance procedures, the most reasonable step to take is to sign up for an account with a web hosting services provider. These are firms that offer clients powerful web hosting servers with various hardware configurations for a certain tax. The hosting servers are situated in data center facilities with special cooling and backup power supply systems to ensure constant Internet connection.

Types of web hosting services

Express
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
$4.58 / month
Pro
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
$8.75 / month
 

The Internet is a bottomless ocean and there are a myriad of hosting corporations offering different hosting services to the multitude of web site owners out there. The web hosting services vary from free-of-charge web hosting services, where you can host basic, HTML-based websites, to costly dedicated web server hosting services that can drain your funds. So, what type of web hosting answers your requirements?

If you have a small or mid-size web page that has several hundred viewers tops, you could safely resort to a shared web hosting solution. Shared hosting means that multiple shared hosting customers and websites are accommodated on the same web hosting server, thus reducing the price of the hosting service. Shared hosting accounts commonly have CPU, memory, bandwidth and disk drive storage space quotas to guarantee that the sites hosted on the server do not interfere with each other and do not use more resources than they are assigned.

If your website is busier, you should consider a VPS 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-level access, which enables you to make server configuration modifications - something that would be inconceivable on a shared server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable RAM memory options. Separate RAM memory and central processing unit portions are assigned to each individual private virtual server, without anyone else utilizing them. Usually there are other virtual private servers beside yours that make use of the resources of the physical machine, which could at times affect the overall performance, but in the majority of cases it's of no concern. Should the system resources of the private virtual hosting server, however, be inadequate for your needs, it is obviously time to move to a dedicated server.

The dedicated hosting is a server that you rent, which is used solely by you for your own personal website needs. Nobody else uses its resources and you are bestowed with full server root privileges, can select the hardware in advance, implement updates at a later time and install RAM or hard disk 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 hosting server you can modify the kernel of the OS (usually Linux-based) as well.

Choose your web hosting provider

If you have an idea of what your web site is going to contain, or if you have just a loose idea that has not fully evolved yet, your initial move towards the creation of your site should be to choose a hosting plans provider. The best thing to do is find a web hosting plans provider that provides a large assortment of web hosting services so that you do not have to switch hosts if you first use a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and have to move to a virtual web hosting server solution or a dedicated server web hosting solution. We, for instance, provide discounted shared web hosting plans, inexpensive OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based VPS web hosting server packages, semi-dedicated hosting servers with their own web hosting Control Panel user interface and even dedicated server hosting plans. We also offer free extras - the shared website hosting affordable domain name if they are paid for on a yearly basis, the more powerful private virtual hosting server plans and dedicated hosting server plans come with a free-of-cost domain reseller account and invoicing software in case you wish to use them for reselling purposes. Add the exceptional 24/7 customer support service and you have all you would usually require. You could, without a doubt, find other hosting companies depending on what precisely you are looking for, by conducting an online survey or by examining different hosting reviews online. The most appropriate choice, though, is a hosting distributor that is also a domain name registrar and has hosting servers in more than one country - both requirements met by us. We have web servers in the United States of America, in England and in Australia, and offer a lot of domain name extensions for registration.