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Definition of Shared Web Hosting

If you have set up a website and you wish other persons to check it out, you must host your website on a publicly accessible web server.

Where to host your website?

Even though you can use your own PC as a web server, it is a more common practice to let a hosting provider host your site. The major reason for that is the bigger stability and the better visibility of your site, since web hosting providers have special hardware and allocate a much larger monthly traffic allowance, which ensures the speedier access to your site from all over the globe.

Shared web hosting solutions

Choose a shared web hosting service, which allows you to register domains and to create mailbox accounts. Lots of web shared web hosting distributors, like us at Domain Host Haven, offer a charge-free domain name registration as a gift if you open a hosting account.

Hosting your website yourself

Hosting your site on your own server is undoubtedly an option, but only if you have time and the required competence. There are some facets that you have to consider, among them the hardware and software costs. To run a genuine, professional-looking site, you will need to pay for some powerful server hardware, because you cannot bank on a low-cost PC to perform the job. You will also require an uninterrupted high-speed connection without network downtimes, which typically is offered at a rather steep price. If you are using licensed software for your site, you will have to spend cash on the license as well. You may also have to cope with bugs and rootkits. You will need to keep your web server constantly running in an environment where "everything could take place". If you do not possess the required technical experience, you will have to employ a sysadmin to cope with these things on your behalf, which will make the price of hosting your web site on your own even steeper than that of a dedicated hosting web server supplied by a web hosting vendor.

A dedicated hosting web server furnished by a web hosting supplier

Renting a dedicated web server from a hosting provider is a fine decision if you would like to launch a heavy-traffic website or a corporate web page that has very strict safety requirements. The main upsides of utilizing a dedicated server hosting solution are the high-speed connection, the uninterruptible power supply and the extremely powerful hardware. Some web hosting providers, again like us at Domain Host Haven, supply VPS web hosting and semi-dedicated web hosting solutions, which are based on very powerful physical servers that can be shared by several clients. You can also anticipate them to provide efficient server load balancing services and the required backup servers.

Security and dependability

Web hosting suppliers are specialized in offering hosting solutions and since this is what they do to make a living, you can expect them to offer continuous network uptime, the latest software patches and the best anti-virus software, as well as sysadmins available 24/7/365 to assist you in case of an emergency.

Choose your web hosting services provider

What you need to consider when picking your web hosting provider is the dependability of the offered hosting services. Make certain that the web hosting packages provider of your choosing provides a 24/7/365 customer service. Do not place yourself in a scenario where you cannot fix serious predicaments immediately because you must wait until the next working day. What's more, if you select a shared web hosting plan, which features a 24-hour technical support service, this means that there always will be system administrators available to fix any serious problems as soon as they materialize, which is a very beneficial thing.

Everyday data backups

Make sure that your hosting provider offers daily data backups with the offered services, otherwise you may lose some valuable content in the event of a hardware crash or because you have deleted something by accident. The presence of everyday data backups is typically pointed out in the web hosting provider's ToS.

Traffic and web hosting storage space

When selecting your web hosting provider, give particular attention to the bandwidth usage quota limits. Make sure that you don't have to pay a fortune for unexpected high web traffic volumes if your website becomes more frequently visited. There are a lot of web hosting companies that offer unlimited traffic at present, so the most relevant step to take is to make certain that you have made the right choice prior to signing up.

Content restrictions

Pay special attention to the web hosting distributor's content restrictions. If you intend to post pics or to stream live video or audio content, make sure that you can achieve that. Moreover, the majority of web hosting service providers set restrictions as far as utilizing their services for storage purposes is concerned, so if you upload too much content that is not related or directly linked to your website, your hosting account could get terminated. That is the reason why double-checking the web hosting vendor's Terms of Use, regardless of how time-absorbing and annoying this might be, is very vital.

E-mail capabilities

Most hosting vendors nowadays also offer electronic mail services with all their web hosting offers. It is a good idea to double-check if the web hosting vendor of your choosing offers such options too, so as to be certain that you'll get all the functionalities that you need in return for your cash.