The Essence of Hosting

If you desire to launch a website and render it accessible to the whole world, it must be hosted on a web hosting server. The name of this service is hosting.

Host your site at home or in another place

You could host your site on your own computer at home or at work, on a personal computer which belongs to an acquaintance of yours, and so on. If it is a web site for testing purposes, there would be no real need for you to look for a more advanced web hosting service than that. If you desire to launch an actual website, though, which will be reachable by a lot of people and you want to make it reliable, you will also require a reliable hosting server on which you will host it.

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

When you own a website, it is located on a physical server. That physical server has its own physical address known also as IP address. Typing the IP address of the physical machine in your web browser, though, is not the best and quickest way to reach a website. That is how and why domains came into existence and why you are in need of one for your website. Thus, to launch your website, you require a domain name of your own and a web server to host your web site on.

Hosting your web site yourself

If you are an IT expert and understand how to take care of a web server, you can have a web hosting server of your very own and host your site on it. This will allow you to exert full authority over the web server, to implement server configuration modifications and to install software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the datacenter personnel. The downside, however, is that you will need to guarantee the visibility of your site and to handle all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are utilizing a licensed Operating System, you will also have to spend money on the license, which is usually more costly if bought for an entire hosting server.

Using a web host

If you don't want to handle server maintenance procedures, the most relevant step to take is to open an account with a hosting plans provider. These are companies that offer clients powerful web hosting servers with various hardware configurations in exchange for a certain fee. The web servers are housed in datacenter facilities with special cooling and backup power systems to ensure continuous Internet connectivity.

Varieties of hosting services

The web is a bottomless ocean and there are a plethora of corporations providing various web hosting services to the myriad of web site owners out there. The hosting services range from free-of-charge hosting services, where you can host basic, HTML-based websites, to costly dedicated server web hosting services that can suck your finances dry. So, what type of web hosting suits your needs?
If you own a small or medium-sized web page that has a few hundred guests tops, you could safely utilize a shared hosting solution. Shared web hosting signifies that many hosting clients and websites are hosted on one and the same web server, thus reducing the price of the hosting service. Shared web hosting accounts usually include central processing unit, RAM memory, web traffic and web hosting server storage space quotas to guarantee that the sites hosted on the server do not interfere with each other and do not use more system resources than they are allocated.
If your site is more resource-devouring, you should select a virtual private web server hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated server web hosting solution. VPS is an abbreviation of 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 web hosting server. The virtual web servers also offer burstable RAM memory options. Separate RAM and CPU shares are assigned to each single VPS hosting server, without anyone else utilizing them. Typically there are other VPSs aside from yours that share the system resources of the physical machine, which could occasionally influence the overall performance, but in most cases it is not a problem. Should the system resources of the private virtual web hosting server, however, be inadequate for your needs, it is obviously time to shift to a dedicated web server.
The dedicated web server is a physical server that you hire, which is utilized only by you for your very own web site needs. No one else shares its system resources and you are granted root privileges, can choose 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 mainly at the Operating System level and all containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated web server you can modify the kernel of the Operating System (usually Linux-based) too.

Pick your hosting packages provider

If you know what your site is going to contain, or if you have just a loose idea that has not fully matured yet, your very first move towards the creation of your site should be to discover a hosting vendor. The best step to take is to find a host that supplies a big assortment of website hosting solutions so that you do not need to swap hosting service providers if you first make use of a shared web hosting solution and then outgrow the shared web hosting resources and need to switch to a private virtual web server hosting solution or a dedicated web server solution. My own favorite is NTC Hosting, which furnishes budget-priced shared hosting plans, affordable OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based virtual hosting server plans, semi-dedicated hosting servers with their own web hosting Control Panel and even dedicated web server hosting packages. I am very satisfied with all their offers, since they all offer free-of-cost bonuses - the shared hosting packages offer a cost-free domain if they are paid for on a yearly basis, the more advanced virtual web server packages and dedicated web hosting packages include a charge-free domain reseller account and invoicing software in case you wish to utilize them for reselling purposes. Add the great round-the-clock tech support service and you have all you would usually require. You could, undoubtedly, discover other web hosting firms depending on what precisely you are searching for, by conducting an online survey or by examining additional online web hosting reviews. The most suitable option, though, is a web hosting accounts provider that is also a domain registrar and has hosting servers in more than one country - both requirements met by NTC Hosting, which has web servers in the US, in Britain, in Scandinavia and in Australia, and offers many domain name extensions for registration.

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