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What is Shared Hosting?

If you would like to set up a website and render it available for the whole world to see, it needs to be located on a server. This service is called is shared hosting.

Host your site at home or in another place

You could host your web site on your own personal computer at home or at work, on a PC which belongs to a pal of yours, etc. If it is a website for testing purposes, there would be no real reason for you to discover a more reliable website hosting solution than that. If you would like to build an actual website, however, which will be accessible to plenty of persons and you desire to make it dependable, you will also require a dependable web server where you will host it.

Why do you require a server for your web site?

When you own a website, it is hosted on a physical server. That physical server has its own physical address called Internet Protocol address. Typing the Internet Protocol address of the machine in your browser's address bar, however, is not the best and quickest method to reach a website. That is how and why domains came into existence and why you need one for your web site. Therefore, to set up your site, you require your own domain name and a hosting server to host your site on.

Hosting your site yourself

If you are an IT professional and understand how to tackle a hosting server, you can have a web server of your own and host your web site on it. This will enable you to exert complete authority over the server, to make server configuration modifications and to apply software updates yourself instead of relying on the data center personnel. The weak side, though, is that you will have to ensure the accessibility of your web site and to cope with all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are making use of a licensed Operating System, you will also need to invest cash in the license, which is typically more high-priced if bought for an entire web server.

Using a web hosting services provider

If you don't want to perform server maintenance tasks, the best thing to do is register an account with a web hosting distributor. These are firms that offer clients powerful web hosting servers with different hardware configurations for a given tax. The web hosting servers are kept in data centers with special cooling and emergency power supply systems to guarantee constant website accessibility.

Varieties of web hosting services

Startup
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$3.75 / month
Business
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$6.25 / month
 

The World Wide Web is a wide ocean and there are plenty of web hosting corporations delivering different hosting services to the plethora of website proprietors out there. The hosting services range from cost-free hosting services, where you can host simple, HTML-based web sites, to high-priced dedicated server web hosting services that can drain your monthly budget. So, what hosting type answers your requirements?

If you have a small or average-size site that has several hundred visitors tops, you could safely resort to a shared web hosting solution. Shared hosting implies that many shared hosting clients and websites are accommodated on the same web hosting server, thus lowering the price of the web hosting service. Shared web hosting accounts usually include CPU, RAM memory, traffic and data storage space quotas to ensure that the websites hosted on the server do not interfere with each other and do not use more resources than they are allocated.

In case your web site is more frequently visited, you should opt for a virtual private servers hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. It gives you full root privileges, which permits you to implement server configuration changes - something that would be unthinkable on a shared web server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable memory options. Separate RAM memory and CPU shares are assigned to each individual virtual hosting server, without anyone else using them. Typically there are other virtual private servers aside from yours that utilize the resources of the physical server, which could at times affect the overall performance, but in most situations it is not a problem. Should the system resources of the private virtual web server, however, be insufficient for your needs, it is obviously time to switch to a dedicated web hosting server.

The dedicated servers is a physical server that you rent, which is used exclusively by you for your very own personal web site needs. No one else shares its system resources and you obtain complete server root access, can choose a hardware architecture in advance, implement updates later on and install RAM or disk 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 web hosting server you can modify the kernel of the OS (usually Linux-based) as well.

Select your web hosting accounts provider

If you have a vision of what your site is going to be composed of, or if you have only a loose idea that has not fully evolved yet, your very first move towards the creation of your site should be to find a web hosting accounts provider. The best course of action is to discover a hosting distributor that furnishes a large range of website hosting solutions so that you do not have to change web hosts in case you first use a shared hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and have to shift to a private virtual hosting server solution or a dedicated web server hosting solution. We, for example, furnish inexpensive shared hosting packages, affordable OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based private virtual web server plans, semi-dedicated servers with their own web hosting Control Panel user interface and even dedicated hosting web server plans. We also offer free-of-charge presents - the shared website hosting low-cost domain name if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more powerful VPS hosting plans and dedicated hosting packages include a free-of-cost domain name reseller account and billing software should you decide to utilize them for reselling purposes. Add the great 24/7 customer support service and you have all you would typically need. You could, without a doubt, find other web hosting service providers depending on what precisely you are searching for, by carrying out an online search or by checking additional online hosting reviews. The most appropriate option, however, is a hosting accounts provider that is also a domain registrar and has hosting servers in more than one country - both preconditions fulfilled by us. We have web servers in the United States of America, in Great Britain and in Australia, and offer a lot of domain name extensions for registration.