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What Actually is Shared Hosting

If you desire to build a site and make it visible to the whole world, it needs to be located on a hosting server. This service is called is shared hosting.

Host your web site at home or somewhere else

You could host your web site on your own computer at home or at work, on a PC which belongs to a mate of yours, and so on. If it is a site for experimenting purposes, there would be no real need for you to find a more advanced website hosting solution than that. If you want to build a real web site, however, which will be reachable by multiple visitors and you would like to make it reliable, you will also require a dependable web server on which you will host it.

Why do you require a hosting server for your website?

When you have a site, it is hosted on a physical server. That physical machine has its own physical address known also as Internet Protocol address. Writing the IP of the server in your web browser, though, is not the best and most suitable method to reach a web site. That is how and why domains came into being and why you are in need of one for your website. Thus, to establish your web site, you require your own domain name and a server to host your web site on.

Hosting your web site on your own

If you are an Information Technology expert and understand how to manage a hosting server, you can have a web server of your very own and host your web site on it. This will enable you to exercise complete control over the web server, to implement server configuration changes and to apply software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the datacenter personnel. The negative side, though, is that you will have to guarantee the visibility of your site and to take care of all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are utilizing a licensed OS, you will also need to spend money on the license, which normally costs more if bought for an entire web server.

Using a web hosting provider

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

Types of web hosting services

The Internet is a wide ocean and there are a plethora of web hosting suppliers delivering different hosting services to the myriad of web site possessors out there. The hosting services vary from free-of-cost web hosting services, where you can host plain, HTML-based web pages, to expensive dedicated server hosting services that can drain your funds. So, what type of web hosting corresponds to your requirements?

If you run a small or mid-size website that has a few hundred visitors tops, you could safely avail of a shared web hosting solution. Shared web hosting means that plenty of shared hosting users and sites are accommodated on the very same web server, thus lowering the price of the service. Shared web hosting accounts typically have CPU, RAM, bandwidth and server storage space quotas to ensure that the websites accommodated on the server do not meddle with each other and do not utilize more system resources than they are allocated.

If your website is more resource-swallowing, you should pick 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 privileges, which allows you to make server configuration changes - something that would be unthinkable on a shared server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable RAM options. Separate RAM and CPU portions are assigned to each individual virtual private web server, without anyone else utilizing them. Usually there are other virtual private servers beside your own that avail of the resources of the physical server, which could at times influence the overall performance, but in most circumstances it is not a problem. Should the resources of the VPS, however, be insufficient for your needs, it is plainly time to obtain a dedicated web hosting server.

The dedicated servers is a physical server that you hire, which is used exclusively by you for your very own web site needs. No one else uses its resources and you obtain full server root privileges, can select the hardware in advance, add updates later on and add RAM or hard disk 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 (usually Linux-based) as well.

Pick your hosting solutions provider

If you have an idea of what your web site is going to include, or if you have just a vague plan that has not fully evolved yet, your initial step towards the creation of your web site should be to select a hosting packages provider. The best solution is to discover a hosting accounts provider that provides an immense array of hosting solutions so that you do not need to change providers if you first avail of a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and need to upgrade to a private virtual server web hosting solution or a dedicated server hosting solution. We, for example, provide affordable shared website hosting plans, budget-priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based VPS web server packages, semi-dedicated hosting servers with their own Control Panel and even dedicated hosting packages. We also offer charge-free bonuses - the shared website hosting cheap domain name if they are paid for on a yearly basis, the more powerful VPS web hosting server plans and dedicated hosting server packages offer a free-of-cost domain name reseller account and billing software in case you decide to utilize them for reselling purposes. Throw in the excellent 24-7 client support service and you have all you would usually require. You could, certainly, discover other hosting providers depending on what exactly you are looking for, by carrying out an online survey or by examining additional online hosting reviews. The most intelligent choice, though, is a hosting provider that is also a domain registrar and has hosting servers in more than one country - both requirements satisfied by us. We have hosting servers in North America, in Great Britain and in Australia, and offer a plethora of domain name extensions for registration.