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What Exactly is Shared Hosting?
If you desire to build a web site and render it visible to the whole world, it must be located on a web hosting 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 computer at home or at work, on a PC which belongs to an acquaintance of yours, etc. If it is a website for experimenting purposes, there would be no real reason for you to look for a more stable website hosting service than that. If you desire to set up a real website, however, which will be reachable by lots of people and you wish to make it reliable, you will also need a stable hosting server where you will host it.
Why do you require a web hosting server for your website?
When you own a website, it is located on a physical machine. That physical machine has its own physical address known also as IP address. Writing the Internet Protocol address of the physical machine in your browser's address bar, however, is not the best and most suitable means to reach a website. That is how and why domains came into being and why you need one for your web site. Therefore, to create your site, you need your own personal domain name and a web server to host your web site on.
Hosting your site yourself
If you are an Information Technology expert and know how to administer a hosting server, you can have a web server of your very own and host your website on it. This will enable you to exert full control over the physical server, to implement server configuration changes 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 ensure the availability of your site and to take care of all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are using a licensed OS, you will also have to invest money in the license, which is typically more high-priced if bought for a whole web server.
Using a web hosting distributor
If you don't want to cope with server maintenance duties, the most logical step to take is to open an account with a web hosting provider. These are companies that offer customers powerful hosting servers with different hardware configurations for a certain tax. The web servers are stored in datacenter facilities with special cooling and UPS systems to ensure uninterrupted network connectivity.
Kinds of web hosting services
The web is a boundless ocean and there are lots of hosting companies delivering different hosting services to the myriad of web site owners out there. The hosting services vary from charge-free web hosting services, where you can host basic, HTML-based web sites, to costly dedicated web server hosting services that can suck your resources dry. So, what type of web hosting meets your demands?
If you own a small or average-sized web site that has a few hundred guests tops, you could safely use a shared hosting solution. Shared hosting means that lots of shared web hosting accounts and websites are accommodated on the same hosting server, thus slashing the price of the web hosting service. Shared hosting accounts normally involve central processing unit, RAM, web traffic and web hosting server hard drive storage space usage quotas to make certain that the web sites accommodated on the web hosting server do not intervene with each other and do not utilize more resources than they are apportioned.
If your site is more resource-absorbing, you should choose a virtual private servers 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 privileges, which allows you to make server configuration modifications - something that would be unthinkable on a shared web hosting server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable RAM memory options. Separate RAM and CPU portions are allotted to each individual virtual private web hosting server, without anyone else using them. Usually there are other virtual private servers aside from your own that use the system resources of the physical machine, which could sometimes affect the overall performance, but in most circumstances it's of no concern. Should the system resources of the private virtual web server, though, be inadequate for your needs, it is obviously time to move to a dedicated web hosting server.
The dedicated servers is a physical server that you rent, which is used solely by you for your very own personal web site needs. No one else shares its resources and you are bestowed with full root privileges, can choose a hardware configuration in advance, implement updates later on and add RAM or hard disks. 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 server you can update the kernel of the OS (typically Linux-based) too.
Choose your hosting packages provider
If you have a notion of what your website is going to contain, or if you have just a vague plan that has not fully evolved yet, your first step towards the creation of your web site should be to choose a hosting packages provider. The best step to take is to discover a hosting provider that furnishes an enormous assortment of web hosting solutions so that you do not have to switch providers in case you first make use of a shared hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and need to shift to a VPS server hosting solution or a dedicated web server hosting solution. We, for example, offer inexpensive shared website hosting plans, moderately priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based virtual hosting server packages, semi-dedicated servers with their own hosting Control Panel interface and even dedicated hosting web servers. We also offer free bonuses - the shared website hosting low-cost domain if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more powerful private virtual server hosting plans and dedicated web hosting packages come with a charge-free domain reseller account and invoicing software in case you wish to use them for reselling purposes. Throw in the great 24-7-365 technical support service and you have all you would normally need. You could, undoubtedly, discover other web hosting vendors depending on what exactly you are looking for, by conducting an online survey or by checking different hosting reviews. The most suitable choice, though, is a hosting plans provider that is also a domain name registrar and has servers in more than one country - both requirements met by us. We have hosting servers in the States, in the UK and in Australia, and offer lots of domain extensions for registration.