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What Actually is Web Hosting?

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

Host your site at home or somewhere else

You could host your site on your own PC at your house or at your workplace, on a PC which belongs to a pal of yours, and so on. If it is a site for experimenting purposes, there would be no real reason for you to search for a more dependable web site hosting service than that. If you want to build a real website, however, which will be accessible to multiple viewers and you desire to make it reliable, you will also need a stable server on which you will host it.

Why do you require a web server for your site?

When you have a web site, it is located on a physical machine. That physical server has its own physical address known also as Internet Protocol address. Typing the Internet Protocol address of the server in your browser, however, is not the best and quickest 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 site. So, to set up your web site, you need your own domain and a web hosting server to host your website on.


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Hosting your web site yourself

If you are an IT expert and understand how to manage a server, you can have a web hosting server of your own and host your web site on it. This will permit you to exert full control over the hosting server, to make server configuration modifications and to apply software updates yourself instead of relying on the data center personnel. The negative side, however, is that you will need to guarantee the visibility of you website and to take care of all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are using a licensed OS, you will also have to spend cash on the license, which normally costs more if purchased for a whole web hosting server.

Using a web hosting accounts provider

If you don't want to cope with server maintenance tasks, the best solution is to register an account with a web hosting services provider. These are companies that offer clients powerful web hosting servers with different hardware configurations for a certain tax. The web servers are housed in data centers with special cooling and emergency power systems to ensure constant website availability.

Types of web hosting services

The Internet is a bottomless ocean and there are lots of web hosting companies offering different web hosting services to the myriad of website owners out there. The web hosting services range from free-of-cost hosting services, where you can host plain, HTML-based websites, to expensive dedicated web hosting services that can drain your finances. So, what type of hosting suits your needs?

If you own a small or medium-size site that has a few hundred guests max, you could safely resort to a shared hosting solution. Shared web hosting means that numerous shared hosting users and web sites are accommodated on one and the very same web hosting server, thus reducing the price of the hosting service. Shared accounts typically include central processing unit, RAM memory, traffic and web server disk space quotas to ensure that the sites hosted on the server do not meddle with each other and do not utilize more resources than they are allotted.

If your web site is more popular, you should consider a VPS web server hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated server web hosting solution. VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. It gives you root privileges, which permits you to implement server configuration modifications - something that would be inconceivable on a shared hosting server. The virtual hosting servers also offer burstable RAM options. Separate RAM memory and central processing unit shares are assigned to each individual virtual hosting server, without anyone else utilizing them. Typically there are other virtual private hosting servers aside from yours that utilize the resources of the physical machine, which could at times influence the overall performance, but in the majority of situations it is not a problem. Should the system resources of the VPS web hosting server, though, be inadequate for your needs, it is apparently time to migrate to a dedicated web server.

The dedicated hosting web server is a physical server that you lease, which is used exclusively by you for your very own website needs. Nobody else shares its system resources and you acquire root privileges, can choose a hardware architecture in advance, apply upgrades at a later time and install RAM or hard drives. Unlike with the virtual private hosting servers where virtualization is mainly at the OS level and all virtual containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated server you can modify the kernel of the OS (typically Linux-based) as well.

Select your hosting accounts provider

If you have an idea of what your website is going to consist of, or if you have only a loose plan that has not completely evolved yet, your initial step towards the creation of your web site should be to discover a web hosting provider. The wisest step to take is to find a hosting firm that delivers a big selection of web hosting solutions so that you do not need to change web hosting service providers in case you first avail of a shared hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and have to move to a VPS server or a dedicated server hosting solution. My own favorite is NTChosting, which delivers modestly priced shared web site hosting packages, reasonably priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based Virtual Private Server web hosting plans, semi-dedicated server web hosting packages with their own hosting Control Panel user interface and even dedicated web hosting servers. I am very satisfied with all their offerings, because they all offer free-of-cost gifts - the shared web site hosting packages offer a free-of-cost domain if they are paid for on a yearly basis, the more powerful VPS server hosting packages and dedicated hosting web servers offer a charge-free domain name reseller account and invoicing software in case you wish to utilize them for reselling purposes. Throw in the first-class 24-7 customer support service and you have all you would normally need. You could, certainly, find other hosting firms depending on what exactly you are looking for, by conducting an online survey or by reading different online web hosting reviews. The most reasonable choice, however, is a web hosting vendor that is also a domain name registrar and has web servers in more than one country - both requirements satisfied by NTChosting, which has web servers in the US, in England, in Scandinavia and in Australia, and offers plenty of domain extensions for registration.