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How Shared Web Hosting Operates


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If you desire to set up a site and make it available for the whole world to see, it must be hosted on a hosting server. This service is known as is shared web hosting.

Host your website at home or elsewhere

You could host your site on your own computer at your house or at your workplace, on a personal computer which belongs to a mate of yours, and so on. If it is a site for experimenting purposes, there would be no real reason for you to discover a more dependable web hosting service than that. If you wish to launch a real web site, however, which will be visible to plenty of people and you would like to make it reliable, you will also require a reliable web server where you will host it.

Why do you need a web server for your site?

When you own 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 IP address of the physical server in your web browser, though, is not the best and easiest means to reach a website. That is how and why domain names came into being and why you need one for your website. Thus, to launch your site, you need your own domain name and a hosting server to host your site on.

Hosting your web site on your own

If you are an IT specialist and know how to administer a server, you can have a web hosting server of your very own and host your web site on it. This will enable you to have complete control over the server, to implement server configuration changes and to install software updates yourself instead of relying on the data center staff. The weak side, though, is that you will need to guarantee the visibility of your website and to cope with all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are utilizing a licensed OS, you will also need to pay for the license, which is usually more costly if purchased for a whole web server.

Using a web hosting distributor

If you don't want to perform server maintenance procedures, the wisest step to take is to open an account with a web hosting company. These are companies that offer clients powerful servers with different hardware configurations for a given fee. The servers are held in datacenter facilities with special cooling and uninterruptible power supply systems to ensure constant network uptime.

Varieties of web hosting services

The World Wide Web is a deep ocean and there are numerous hosting distributors offering different hosting services to the myriad of website owners out there. The hosting services range from free hosting services, where you can host plain, HTML-based sites, to high-priced dedicated web server hosting services that can suck your finances dry. So, what hosting type matches your requirements?

If you run a small or mid-size web site that has several hundred visitors tops, you could safely use a shared hosting solution. Shared web hosting implies that a lot of user accounts and websites are accommodated on the same hosting server, thus lowering the price of the service. Shared web hosting accounts ordinarily involve central processing unit, RAM memory, bandwidth and hosting server disk drive space quotas to make sure that the websites hosted on the web hosting server do not intervene with each other and do not use more system resources than they are allocated.

In case your site is more resource-devouring, you should pick a VPS web hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated servers web hosting solution. VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. It gives you full root-level access, which permits you to implement server configuration changes - something that would be unthinkable on a shared hosting web server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable memory options. Separate RAM memory and CPU portions are allocated to each single VPS hosting server, without anyone else using them. Usually there are other virtual private servers beside your own that share the system resources of the physical machine, which could at times influence the overall performance, but in the majority of cases it is not a problem. Should the resources of the Virtual Private Server, though, be insufficient for your needs, it is plainly time to consider a dedicated web hosting server.

The dedicated server web hosting is a server that you hire, which is used solely by you for your own personal website needs. No one else shares its system resources and you get root privileges, can choose a hardware architecture in advance, apply upgrades later on and add RAM or hard drives. Unlike with the virtual private servers where virtualization is mainly at the OS level and all containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated hosting server you can update the kernel of the OS (typically Linux-based) as well.

Select your hosting distributor

If you have a notion of what your web site is going to include, or if you have just a loose idea that has not fully matured yet, your initial step towards the creation of your site should be to pick a hosting distributor. The most logical step to take is to find a hosting accounts provider that supplies a vast range of website hosting solutions so that you do not need to switch web hosts if you first avail of a shared hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and need to migrate to a private virtual web hosting server or a dedicated server web hosting solution. We, for example, deliver affordably priced shared web hosting plans, cut-rate OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based virtual servers, semi-dedicated web hosting servers with their own hosting Control Panel user interface and even dedicated hosting plans. We also offer free extras - the shared website hosting affordable domain name if they are paid for on a yearly basis, the more advanced private virtual server hosting packages and dedicated web hosting server plans offer a charge-free domain name reseller account and invoicing software should you wish to utilize them for reselling purposes. Add the excellent 24-7-365 client support service and you have all you would normally need. You could, without a doubt, discover other web hosting companies depending on what precisely you are looking for, by conducting an online survey or by reading different hosting reviews. The wisest option, though, is a hosting distributor that is also a domain name registrar and has hosting servers in more than one country - both requirements met by us. We have web hosting servers in the USA, in the United Kingdom and in Australia, and offer many domain name extensions for registration.

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