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What Exactly is Shared Hosting?

If you would like to build a web site and render it accessible to the whole world, it has to be hosted on a web hosting server. This service is known as is shared hosting.

Host your web site at home or elsewhere

You could host your website on your own computer at home or at work, on a computer which belongs to a mate of yours, and so on. If it is a web site for testing purposes, there would be no real reason for you to look for a more powerful web hosting service than that. If you would like to create an actual website, though, which will be reachable by lots of visitors and you desire to make it reliable, you will also require a dependable hosting server where you will host it.

Why do you need a web hosting server for your web site?

When you own a web site, it is hosted on a physical server. That physical server has its own physical address known also as Internet Protocol address. Typing the IP of the physical server in your browser's address bar, though, is not the best and easiest way to reach a website. That is how and why domains came into existence and why you are in need of one for your site. Thus, to set up your website, you need your own personal domain and a web hosting server to host your web site on.

Hosting your site yourself

If you are an Information Technology pro and understand how to handle a web server, you can have a web hosting server of your very own and host your website on it. This will allow you to have full authority over the machine, to make server configuration modifications and to install software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the data center staff. The weak side, though, is that you will need to guarantee the availability of your web site and to cope with all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are making use of a licensed OS, you will also need to invest cash in the license, which typically costs more if purchased for a whole hosting server.

Using a web hosting provider

If you don't want to perform server maintenance tasks, the smartest step to take is to register an account with a web hosting services provider. These are firms that offer customers powerful servers with different hardware configurations for a given fee. The web hosting servers are physically located in datacenters with special cooling and backup power supply systems to ensure uninterrupted website availability.

Types of web hosting services

The web is an immense sea and there are a myriad of hosting companies offering various hosting services to the plethora of website possessors out there. The hosting services range from cost-free hosting services, where you can host plain, HTML-based web sites, to expensive dedicated web hosting services that can drain your monthly allowance. So, what web hosting type fits your needs?

If you run a small or medium-sized website that has several hundred visitors tops, you could safely resort to a shared hosting solution. Shared web hosting signifies that a lot of shared hosting users and sites are accommodated on one and the very same server, thus slashing the price of the hosting service. Shared web hosting accounts typically have central processing unit, RAM, traffic and server hard drive storage space quotas to make certain that the websites accommodated on the server do not interfere with each other and do not utilize more system resources than they are assigned.

If your site is more resource-requiring, you should consider a virtual private servers 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 gives you root-level access, which allows you to implement server configuration modifications - something that would be inconceivable on a shared hosting web server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable RAM memory options. Separate RAM and CPU shares are allocated to each single private virtual hosting server, without anyone else using them. Typically there are other virtual private servers apart from yours that make use of the resources of the physical machine, which could occasionally affect the overall performance, but in the majority of instances it's of no concern. Should the resources of the VPS server, though, be inadequate for your needs, it is obviously time to order a dedicated web hosting server.

The dedicated servers is a physical machine that you hire, which is utilized solely by you for your own website needs. No one else uses its resources and you acquire full root access, can select a hardware configuration in advance, apply updates later on and install RAM or hard disk drives. Unlike with the virtual private servers where virtualization is mostly at the OS level and all containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated web hosting server you can update the kernel of the Operating System (typically Linux-based) as well.

Select your web hosting packages provider

If you have a vision of what your site is going to be composed of, or if you have just a loose plan that has not fully evolved yet, your very first step towards the creation of your website should be to discover a hosting distributor. The smartest step to take is to discover a hosting packages provider that provides a wide assortment of website hosting services so that you do not need to switch hosts in case you first use a shared hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and need to switch to a private virtual server hosting solution or a dedicated web hosting solution. We, for instance, furnish cut-price shared website hosting packages, budget-priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based virtual private web server packages, semi-dedicated servers with their own web hosting Control Panel interface and even dedicated web hosting server packages. We also offer charge-free extras - the shared website hosting cheap domain name if they are paid for on a yearly basis, the more advanced VPS packages and dedicated web servers include a free domain name reseller account and invoicing software should you decide to utilize them for reselling purposes. Throw in the superb 24x7x365 technical support service and you have all you would normally need. You could, certainly, find other web hosting corporations depending on what exactly you are looking for, by carrying out an online search or by reading additional hosting reviews online. The most intelligent choice, however, is a hosting vendor that is also a domain registrar and has web servers in more than one country - both preconditions fulfilled by us. We have servers in the States, in England and in Australia, and offer loads of domain name extensions for registration.