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Hosting Packages Explanation
If you would like to create a site and make it accessible to the whole world, it must be located on a hosting server. This service is called is hosting.
Host your web 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 an acquaintance of yours, and so on. If it is a website for experimenting purposes, there would be no real reason for you to find a more powerful web hosting service than that. If you would like to develop a real website, though, which will be reachable by multiple visitors and you wish to make it reliable, you will also require a reliable web hosting server on which you will host it.
Why do you need a hosting server for your website?
When you own a website, it is hosted on a physical machine. That physical machine has its own physical address known also as Internet Protocol address. Writing the IP of the machine in your browser's address bar, though, is not the best and most appropriate method to open a web site. That is how and why domains came into existence and why you need one for your web site. Hence, to establish your web site, you require your own personal domain name and a server to host your site on.
Hosting your website on your own
If you are an IT professional and understand how to manage a server, you can have a server of your very own and host your website on it. This will enable you to have full authority over the web server, to make server configuration modifications and to install software updates yourself instead of relying on the data center staff. The drawback, however, is that you will have to guarantee the availability of your site and to cope with all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are using a licensed OS, you will also need to invest cash in the license, which is usually more expensive if bought for an entire web server.
Using a web hosting services provider
If you don't want to take care of server maintenance procedures, the best solution is to register an account with a web hosting solutions provider. These are companies that offer customers powerful hosting servers with different hardware configurations for a given fee. The servers are kept in data centers with special cooling and backup power systems to ensure uninterrupted Internet access.
Varieties of web hosting services
The web is a broad ocean and there are a myriad of providers providing various hosting services to the plethora of website proprietors out there. The web hosting services range from charge-free web hosting services, where you can host plain, HTML-based web pages, to expensive dedicated web hosting services that can suck your monthly allowance dry. So, what web hosting type satisfies your demands?
If you own a small or mid-sized web page that has a few hundred visitors tops, you could safely resort to a shared hosting solution. Shared hosting means that a lot of user accounts and websites are accommodated on one and the very same server, thus curtailing the price of the service. Shared accounts typically have central processing unit, RAM memory, traffic and web content storage space usage quotas to ensure that the web sites accommodated on the web hosting server do not meddle with each other and do not use more system resources than they are assigned.
In case your website is busier, you should choose a VPS hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. It gives you root privileges, which allows you to implement server configuration changes - something that would be impossible on a shared web server. The VPSs also offer burstable RAM memory options. Separate RAM and CPU portions are allocated to each individual virtual web server, without anyone else utilizing them. Usually there are other VPSs beside yours that avail of the system resources of the physical server, which could at times affect the overall performance, but in the majority of instances it is not a problem. Should the system resources of the virtual web hosting server, however, be inadequate for your needs, it is clearly time to obtain a dedicated web server.
The dedicated packages is a server that you rent, which is used just by you for your very own personal website needs. No one else shares its resources and you receive complete server root access, can choose the hardware in advance, apply upgrades later on and add RAM or disk drives. Unlike with the VPSs where virtualization is mostly at the Operating System level and all containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated server you can revise the kernel of the Operating System (usually Linux-based) too.
Find your web hosting provider
If you have an idea of what your web site is going to be composed of, or if you have only a loose plan that has not completely matured yet, your initial move towards the creation of your web site should be to find a web hosting distributor. The best step to take is to find a host that provides a large array of website hosting solutions so that you do not need to switch hosts if you first use a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and have to move to a virtual server or a dedicated hosting solution. We, for example, deliver inexpensive shared hosting packages, low-cost OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based private virtual server hosting plans, semi-dedicated servers with their own hosting Control Panel interface and even dedicated hosting web server plans. We also offer cost-free gifts - the shared hosting cheap domain if they are paid for on a yearly basis, the more powerful private virtual server plans and dedicated web server packages offer a cost-free domain reseller account and invoicing software in case you wish to use them for reselling purposes. Add the exceptional 24/7 technical support service and you have all you would normally need. You could, by all means, find other web hosting companies depending on what exactly you are looking for, by conducting an online survey or by checking additional online web hosting reviews. The most suitable option, though, is a hosting vendor that is also a domain name registrar and has servers in more than one country - both requirements satisfied by us. We have hosting servers in the United States of America, in the United Kingdom and in Australia, and offer many domain name extensions for registration.