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What Precisely is Shared Hosting?
If you want to set up a site and render it visible to the whole world, it has to be located on a web server. The name of this service is shared hosting.
Host your website at home or elsewhere
You could host your web site on your own personal personal computer at home or at work, on a personal computer which belongs to a mate of yours, etc. If it is a web site for experimenting purposes, there would be no real need for you to look for a more stable website hosting solution than that. If you desire to set up a real website, though, which will be reachable by lots of viewers and you want to make it reliable, you will also need a reliable web server on which you will host it.
Why do you require a server for your web site?
When you have a website, it is located on a physical server. That physical server has its own physical address known also as Internet Protocol address. Writing the Internet Protocol address of the server in your web browser's address bar, though, is not the best and most suitable means to reach a web site. That is how and why domain names came into being and why you are in need of one for your site. Thus, to launch your web site, you require your own personal domain and a web hosting server to host your web site on.
Hosting your web site yourself
If you are an IT specialist and understand how to cope with a web server, you can have a server of your own and host your website on it. This will allow you to exercise complete control over the physical server, to implement server configuration modifications and to install software updates yourself instead of relying on the datacenter staff. The drawback, though, is that you will need to guarantee the accessibility of your site and to handle all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are using a licensed Operating System, you will also have to spend cash on the license, which is normally more expensive if bought for an entire hosting server.
Using a hosting services provider
If you don't want to handle server maintenance tasks, the wisest step to take is to sign up for an account with a web hosting solutions provider. These are companies that offer clients powerful web hosting servers with different hardware configurations for a certain fee. The web servers are housed in datacenters with special cooling and UPS systems to ensure continuous website accessibility.
Types of web hosting services
The World Wide Web is a broad sea and there are a lot of web hosting corporations providing different hosting services to the plethora of website possessors out there. The web hosting services vary from cost-free hosting services, where you can host basic, HTML-based websites, to expensive dedicated web hosting services that can suck your monthly allowance dry. So, what type of web hosting conforms to your requirements?
If you run a small or medium-sized website that has several hundred viewers max, you could safely resort to a shared hosting solution. Shared hosting suggests that many web hosting accounts and sites are accommodated on the very same web server, thus reducing the price of the web hosting service. Shared accounts normally include CPU, RAM, traffic and web server hard disk space usage quotas to make certain that the websites accommodated on the hosting server do not meddle with each other and do not utilize more system resources than they are assigned.
In case your web site is busier, you should pick a virtual private servers hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. It offers full root privileges, which enables you to make server configuration modifications - something that would be inconceivable on a shared web server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable RAM options. Separate RAM memory and CPU shares are assigned to each individual private virtual server, without anyone else utilizing them. Usually there are other virtual private servers apart from your own that avail of the resources of the physical server, which could occasionally influence the overall performance, but in the majority of instances it is not a problem. Should the resources of the VPS, though, be inadequate for your needs, it is plainly time to get a dedicated hosting server.
The dedicated servers is a physical machine that you rent, which is utilized only by you for your own website needs. No one else shares its resources and you acquire full root privileges, can select a hardware architecture in advance, apply upgrades later on and add RAM or hard disks. Unlike with the virtual private servers where virtualization is mainly at the OS level and all containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated web server you can update the kernel of the Operating System (typically Linux-based) too.
Find your web hosting vendor
If you have an idea of what your site is going to be composed of, or if you have just a vague idea that has not completely matured yet, your initial move towards the creation of your website should be to discover a web hosting solutions provider. The wisest step to take is to discover a web hosting vendor that provides a wide range of web hosting services so that you do not have to switch hosting providers if you first make use of a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and have to upgrade to a virtual hosting server solution or a dedicated hosting server solution. We, for instance, distribute cut-rate shared hosting plans, affordable OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based virtual server packages, semi-dedicated servers with their own Control Panel user interface and even dedicated server packages. We also offer cost-free bonuses - the shared hosting cheap domain if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more powerful virtual private hosting server plans and dedicated web hosting packages offer a free-of-cost domain name reseller account and invoicing software in case you wish to utilize them for reselling purposes. Add the exceptional 24x7 customer service and you have all you would typically need. You could, without a doubt, find other web hosting vendors depending on what precisely you are looking for, by conducting an online search or by examining additional hosting reviews. The most appropriate choice, though, is a web hosting services provider that is also a domain name registrar and has web hosting servers in more than one country - both requirements satisfied by us. We have servers in America, in Britain and in Australia, and offer lots of domain extensions for registration.