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What Actually is Web Hosting?

If you would like to launch a web site and render it visible to the whole world, it needs to be located on a web server. This service is known as web hosting.

Host your web site at home or somewhere else

You could host your website on your own PC at your house or at your workplace, on a computer which belongs to a comrade of yours, etc. If it is a web site for testing purposes, there would be no real reason for you to seek a more dependable hosting solution than that. If you would like to set up a real web site, however, which will be accessible to multiple individuals and you want to make it dependable, you will also require a dependable hosting server on which you will host it.

Why do you need a hosting 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 called IP address. Writing the Internet Protocol address of the server in your web browser's address bar, though, is not the best and most convenient way to open a website. That is how and why domains came into existence and why you are in need of one for your web site. So, to set up your website, you require your own domain and a server to host your site on.

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Hosting your site yourself

If you are an Information Technology specialist and know how to manage a web server, you can have a web hosting server of your very own and host your website on it. This will permit you to exert complete control over the server, to make server configuration modifications and to apply software updates yourself instead of relying on the datacenter personnel. The weak side, however, is that you will have to ensure the visibility of you website and to deal with all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are making use of a licensed Operating System, you will also have to spend money on the license, which is usually more expensive if purchased for an entire machine.

Using a web hosting services provider

If you don't want to deal with server maintenance duties, the best thing to do is register an account with a website hosting distributor. These are companies that offer customers powerful hosting servers with different hardware configurations in exchange for a certain fee. The web servers are located in data center facilities with special cooling and UPS systems to ensure uninterrupted network connectivity.

Varieties of web hosting services

The web is an endless ocean and there are numerous hosting distributors providing various web hosting services to the myriad of website possessors out there. The hosting services range from free web hosting services, where you can host simple, HTML-based web pages, to high-priced dedicated web hosting services that can suck your resources dry. So, what type of web hosting fulfills your needs?

If you possess a small or average-size web page that has several hundred viewers max, you could safely utilize a shared web hosting solution. Shared hosting means that a lot of hosting accounts and sites are accommodated on the same hosting server, thus reducing the price of the hosting service. Shared web hosting accounts typically have central processing unit, RAM, bandwidth and web hosting server disk space usage quotas to guarantee that the websites accommodated on the server do not meddle with each other and do not utilize more resources than they are allotted.

In case your website is larger, you should pick a VPS server web hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated server hosting solution. VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. It offers full root privileges, which allows you to make server configuration modifications - something that would be impossible on a shared web hosting server. The virtual private hosting servers also offer burstable RAM memory options. Separate RAM and CPU shares are allotted to each individual virtual web hosting server, without anyone else using them. Usually there are other private virtual servers aside from your own that share the system resources of the physical machine, which could sometimes influence the overall performance, but in the majority of cases it is not a problem. Should the system resources of the private virtual server, however, be inadequate for your needs, it is clearly time to consider a dedicated hosting server.

The dedicated hosting web server is a server that you hire, which is utilized solely by you for your own personal website needs. Nobody else shares its system resources and you acquire full root-level access, can select the hardware in advance, implement updates at a later time and install RAM or disk drives. Unlike with the private virtual web hosting servers where virtualization is mainly at the OS level and all containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated hosting server you can modify the kernel of the Operating System (usually Linux-based) too.

Pick your web hosting supplier

If you have a vision of what your site is going to consist of, or if you have just a vague idea that has not fully evolved yet, your initial move towards the creation of your site should be to select a hosting services provider. The most intelligent step to take is to find a service provider that furnishes a vast array of web site hosting solutions so that you do not have to change hosting providers in case you first make use of a shared web site hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and have to move to a VPS server or a dedicated server. My personal favorite is NTC Hosting, which provides affordably priced shared web hosting packages, moderately priced OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based virtual web hosting servers, semi-dedicated web hosting server packages with their own hosting Control Panel user interface and even dedicated web hosting plans. I am pretty pleased with all their offerings, because they all come with cost-free bonuses - the shared web site hosting packages include a free domain name if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more powerful VPS web server packages and dedicated server web hosting packages offer a free-of-charge domain reseller account and billing software in case you decide to utilize them for reselling purposes. Add the top-notch 24/7/365 client support service and you have all you would typically need. You could, undoubtedly, discover other web hosts depending on what precisely you are searching for, by conducting an online survey or by checking additional web hosting reviews. The smartest option, however, is a hosting solutions provider that is also a domain name registrar and has web servers in more than one country - both prerequisites satisfied by NTC Hosting, which has web servers in the US, in the United Kingdom, in Sweden and in Australia, and offers a plethora of domain name extensions for registration.