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How Does Web Hosting Function?

If you want to create a website and render it visible to the whole world, it has to be hosted on a web server. This service is known as is web hosting.

Host your site at home or somewhere else

You could host your site on your own personal computer at your house or at your workplace, on a PC which belongs to a buddy of yours, and so on. If it is a website for experimenting purposes, there would be no real need for you to seek a more reliable hosting solution than that. If you want to set up an actual website, though, which will be accessible to a lot of individuals and you desire to make it reliable, you will also require a reliable web hosting server where you will host it.

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

When you have a website, it is hosted on a physical machine. That physical machine has its own physical address called Internet Protocol address. Typing the IP of the physical machine in your web browser's address bar, however, is not the best and easiest method to open a website. That is how and why domains came into being and why you are in need of one for your website. Therefore, to create your web site, you need your own personal domain name and a server to host your website on.

Hosting your web site yourself

If you are an Information Technology specialist and understand how to tackle a web server, you can have a web hosting server of your own and host your site on it. This will enable you to exercise complete authority over the machine, to implement server configuration changes and to install software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the data center personnel. The weakness, however, is that you will need to ensure the availability of your website and to cope with all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are utilizing a licensed OS, you will also need to spend money on the license, which is usually more costly if bought for a whole physical server.

Using a web hosting plans provider

If you don't want to cope with server maintenance procedures, the most logical step to take is to register an account with a web hosting plans provider. These are firms that offer clients powerful servers with different hardware configurations for a given tax. The web hosting servers are housed in datacenters with special cooling and backup power systems to guarantee uninterrupted website accessibility.

Kinds of hosting services

The Internet is a broad sea and there are multiple hosting service providers providing different hosting services to the plethora of web site owners out there. The hosting services vary from free hosting services, where you can host plain, HTML-based web pages, to costly dedicated hosting services that can suck your finances dry. So, what type of web hosting corresponds to your needs?

If you run a small or medium-sized website that has several hundred visitors max, you could safely use a shared hosting solution. Shared web hosting suggests that numerous web hosting accounts and sites are accommodated on the same server, thus curtailing the price of the service. Shared accounts commonly include central processing unit, memory, bandwidth and web hosting server hard drive storage space usage quotas to make sure that the web sites accommodated on the web hosting server do not meddle with each other and do not use more resources than they are allotted.

In case your website is more resource-absorbing, you should choose a VPS hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. It offers full root-level access, which enables you to make server configuration modifications - something that would be inconceivable on a shared hosting web server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable memory options. Separate RAM and CPU shares are assigned to each single private virtual hosting server, without anyone else utilizing them. Usually there are other virtual private servers apart from yours that utilize the resources of the physical machine, which could occasionally influence the overall performance, but in the majority of situations it is not a problem. Should the system resources of the Virtual Private Server, though, be insufficient for your needs, it is clearly time to get a dedicated web hosting server.

The dedicated hosting is a server that you hire, which is used solely by you for your own web site needs. No one else shares its system resources and you are given complete root access, can choose the hardware in advance, apply upgrades at a later time 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 server you can update the kernel of the OS (usually Linux-based) as well.

Pick your web hosting provider

If you have a notion of what your web site is going to be composed of, or if you have only a loose idea that has not completely matured yet, your first move towards the creation of your web site should be to choose a web hosting distributor. The wisest step to take is to discover a service provider that offers an extensive assortment of web hosting solutions so that you do not need to change providers in case you first use a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and have to shift to a private virtual web hosting server or a dedicated web server. We, for instance, supply low-cost shared web hosting plans, modestly priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based private virtual server hosting packages, semi-dedicated hosting servers with their own web hosting Control Panel user interface and even dedicated hosting packages. We also offer free gifts - the shared web hosting low-cost domain name if they are paid for on a yearly basis, the more advanced VPS server plans and dedicated web hosting plans come with a free-of-cost domain name reseller account and billing software should you wish to use them for reselling purposes. Throw in the excellent 24/7/365 customer support service and you have all you would typically require. You could, by all means, discover other web hosting companies depending on what precisely you are searching for, by conducting an online survey or by examining additional online web hosting reviews. The most reasonable option, however, is a hosting accounts provider that is also a domain registrar and has web servers in more than one country - both requirements satisfied by us. We have web hosting servers in the US, in England and in Australia, and offer many domain name extensions for registration.