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Web Hosting Clarified

If you desire to set up a site and render it available for the whole world to see, it needs to be hosted on a server. The name of this service is web hosting.

Host your website at home or elsewhere

You could host your site on your own personal personal computer at your house or at your workplace, on a personal computer which belongs to a friend of yours, etc. If it is a website for experimenting purposes, there would be no real need for you to seek a more dependable web hosting service than that. If you would like to create an actual web site, though, which will be visible to multiple visitors and you want to make it dependable, you will also require a stable server on which you will host it.

Why do you need a web server for your website?

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

Hosting your website yourself

If you are an Information Technology specialist and understand how to deal with a web hosting server, you can have a web server of your own and host your website on it. This will permit you to exert complete control over the machine, to implement server configuration changes and to install software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the datacenter staff. The weak side, however, is that you will need to guarantee the availability of you site and to take care of all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are utilizing a licensed OS, you will also need to spend money on the license, which is usually more expensive if purchased for a whole machine.

Using a web hosting solutions provider

If you don't want to perform server maintenance tasks, the best step to take is to sign up for an account with a hosting company. These are firms that offer customers powerful web hosting servers with different hardware configurations in exchange for a given fee. The web servers are situated in datacenter facilities with special cooling and backup power systems to guarantee continuous network uptime.

Kinds of hosting services

The World Wide Web is a bottomless sea and there are a lot of web hosting corporations delivering various website hosting services to the plethora of web site owners out there. The web hosting services range from free web hosting services, where you can host basic, HTML-based websites, to expensive dedicated server web hosting services that can suck your finances dry. So, what web hosting type matches your demands?

If you have a small or medium-size website that has a few hundred visitors max, you could safely use a shared web hosting solution. Shared hosting signifies that plenty of web hosting clients and sites are accommodated on the same hosting server, thus trimming the price of the hosting service. Shared accounts normally include central processing unit, RAM, bandwidth and web server hard disk space usage quotas to make sure that the sites hosted on the hosting server do not interfere with each other and do not utilize more resources than they are allotted.

If your site is more resource-demanding, you should consider a VPS web hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. It offers root access, which allows you to make server configuration modifications - something that would be impossible on a shared server. The virtual private hosting servers also offer burstable memory options. Separate RAM memory and CPU shares are allotted to each individual virtual server, without anyone else utilizing them. Usually there are other virtual web hosting servers beside yours that make use of the system resources of the physical machine, which could occasionally affect the overall performance, but in the majority of situations it's of no concern. Should the system resources of the VPS server, though, be insufficient for your needs, it is clearly time to obtain a dedicated web hosting server.

The dedicated server is a physical machine that you rent, which is utilized exclusively by you for your own personal website needs. Nobody else uses its system resources and you have complete server root access, can select the hardware in advance, implement upgrades at a later time and install RAM or hard drives. Unlike with the VPS web hosting servers where virtualization is mostly at the Operating System level and all virtual containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated web server you can revise the kernel of the Operating System (typically Linux-based) too.

Select your hosting solutions provider

If you know what your site is going to consist of, or if you have just a vague idea that has not completely matured yet, your very first step towards the creation of your site should be to choose a web hosting supplier. The best thing to do is find a hosting packages provider that offers a large selection of hosting solutions so that you do not have to change providers if you first use a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and need to migrate to a private virtual server hosting solution or a dedicated hosting web server solution. My personal favorite is NTCHosting, which delivers inexpensive shared web hosting plans, cut-rate OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based virtual web hosting server plans, semi-dedicated web hosting server plans with their own hosting Control Panel user interface and even dedicated web server packages. I am rather satisfied with all their offers, since they all offer free-of-cost bounties - the shared hosting plans offer a charge-free domain name if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more advanced VPS server packages and dedicated server web hosting plans come with a cost-free domain name reseller account and invoicing software should you decide to utilize them for reselling purposes. Throw in the topflight 24x7x365 technical support service and you have all you would typically need. You could, by all means, find other hosting providers depending on what exactly you are searching for, by conducting an online search or by examining different web hosting reviews. The most suitable option, however, is a hosting supplier that is also a domain name registrar and has hosting servers in more than one country - both requirements met by NTCHosting, which has web hosting servers in the US, in the UK, in Sweden and in Australia, and offers many domain name extensions for registration.