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How Shared Hosting Operates

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If you wish to create a site and render it visible to the whole world, it must be located on a hosting server. This service is known as is shared hosting.

Host your web site at home or in another place

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

Why do you require a web server for your website?

When you own a web site, it is located on a physical machine. That physical server has its own physical address called Internet Protocol address. Typing the IP address of the physical machine in your web browser's address bar, though, is not the best and most suitable method to visit a web site. That is how and why domains appeared and why you are in need of one for your site. Thus, to set up your web site, you require your own personal domain name and a web hosting 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 server of your own and host your website on it. This will allow you to exercise full authority over the server, to make server configuration changes and to apply software updates yourself instead of relying on the datacenter personnel. The negative side, though, is that you will need to guarantee the visibility of your site and to cope with all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are making use of a licensed OS, you will also have to invest cash in the license, which normally costs more if bought for a whole hosting server.

Using a hosting vendor

If you don't want to perform server maintenance procedures, the most intelligent step to take is to register an account with a web hosting solutions provider. These are firms that offer clients powerful servers with different hardware configurations for a certain fee. The servers are stored in datacenters with special cooling and uninterruptible power supply systems to guarantee uninterrupted website accessibility.

Types of hosting services

The World Wide Web is a boundless sea and there are many corporations offering different hosting services to the plethora of web site proprietors out there. The hosting services vary from charge-free web hosting services, where you can host basic, HTML-based web sites, to high-priced dedicated web server hosting services that can suck your monthly budget dry. So, what web hosting type satisfies your needs?

If you own a small or medium-size website that has several hundred viewers tops, you could safely use a shared hosting solution. Shared hosting suggests that numerous shared web hosting user accounts and sites are accommodated on one and the same hosting server, thus curtailing the price of the service. Shared hosting accounts commonly have CPU, RAM, web traffic and web hosting server disk space quotas to make certain that the sites hosted on the hosting server do not meddle with each other and do not utilize more system resources than they are apportioned.

If your site is larger, you should choose a VPS hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated servers hosting solution. VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. It offers full root-level access, which enables you to implement server configuration changes - something that would be impossible on a shared hosting server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable RAM memory options. Separate RAM and CPU portions are allotted to each individual virtual web hosting server, without anyone else utilizing them. Usually there are other virtual private servers aside from your own that use the system resources of the physical server, which could occasionally influence the overall performance, but in most circumstances it is not a problem. Should the system resources of the virtual private web server, however, be inadequate for your needs, it is apparently time to migrate to a dedicated server.

The dedicated servers is a physical server that you rent, which is used just by you for your very own web site needs. No one else shares its system resources and you get root-level access, can choose the hardware in advance, add updates at a later time and install RAM or hard drives. Unlike with the virtual private servers where virtualization is mostly at the Operating System level and all virtual containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated hosting web server you can modify the kernel of the Operating System (typically Linux-based) as well.

Select your hosting accounts provider

If you know what your website is going to comprise, or if you have only a vague plan that has not completely evolved yet, your first move towards the creation of your website should be to select a hosting solutions provider. The best solution is to find a web hosting company that distributes an immense array of web hosting solutions so that you do not need to swap web hosts in case you first make use of a shared web hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and have to migrate to a private virtual web server or a dedicated hosting server. We, for example, offer cut-price shared website hosting packages, discounted OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based virtual private web server packages, semi-dedicated hosting servers with their own web hosting Control Panel interface and even dedicated web server hosting packages. We also offer free-of-cost presents - the shared website hosting low-cost domain if they are paid for on a yearly basis, the more powerful private virtual server web hosting packages and dedicated hosting servers offer a cost-free domain reseller account and billing software should you wish to utilize them for reselling purposes. Throw in the excellent 24/7 customer service and you have all you would normally require. You could, doubtlessly, discover other hosting distributors depending on what exactly you are searching for, by conducting an online search or by checking different hosting reviews online. The most intelligent option, though, is a web hosting solutions provider that is also a domain registrar and has web servers in more than one country - both requirements fulfilled by us. We have web hosting servers in the US, in Britain and in Australia, and offer loads of domain name extensions for registration.

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