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What Does Shared Hosting Represent?

If you wish to launch a site and make it visible to the whole world, it needs to be located on a web server. The name of this service is shared hosting.

Host your website at home or somewhere else

You could host your web site on your own personal computer at your house or at your workplace, on a computer which belongs to a buddy of yours, and so on. If it is a site for testing purposes, there would be no real need for you to seek a more powerful website hosting solution than that. If you would like to establish a real website, though, which will be visible to many viewers and you wish to make it reliable, you will also need a reliable web hosting server where you will host it.

Why do you require a hosting server for your web site?

When you have a web site, it is hosted on a physical machine. That physical server has its own physical address called Internet Protocol address. Typing the IP of the physical server in your web browser's address bar, however, is not the best and most suitable method to reach a website. That is how and why domain names came into existence and why you are in need of one for your website. Hence, to create your site, you need a domain of your own and a web hosting server to host your web site on.

Hosting your website yourself

If you are an Information Technology specialist and know how to manage a server, you can have a hosting server of your very own and host your site on it. This will enable you to have full authority over the hosting server, to implement server configuration modifications and to apply software updates yourself rather than having to rely on the data center personnel. The negative side, however, is that you will have to ensure the availability of your web site and to deal with all server maintenance tasks yourself. If you are making use of a licensed Operating System, you will also have to spend cash on the license, which is typically more expensive if bought for a whole server.

Using a hosting accounts provider

If you don't want to carry out server maintenance procedures, the best step to take is to register an account with a web hosting vendor. These are companies that offer clients powerful servers with various hardware configurations for a given tax. The servers are located in datacenter facilities with special cooling and backup power systems to guarantee uninterrupted website accessibility.

Types of web hosting services

Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
1 website hosted
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Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
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£8.90 / month

The Internet is a vast ocean and there are a lot of web hosting firms providing various hosting services to the plethora of website proprietors out there. The hosting services vary from cost-free web hosting services, where you can host basic, HTML-based web sites, to high-priced dedicated server hosting services that can drain your monthly budget. So, what type of web hosting corresponds to your requirements?

If you possess a small or mid-size site that has a few hundred visitors max, you could safely resort to a shared web hosting solution. Shared web hosting implies that multiple hosting customers and websites are accommodated on the same web server, thus reducing the price of the service. Shared accounts usually involve CPU, RAM, web traffic and server hard drive storage space quotas to make sure that the websites accommodated on the web server do not intervene with each other and do not use more system resources than they are allocated.

If your web site is more popular, you should opt for a virtual private servers hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated servers hosting solution. VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. It offers full root-level access, which permits you to make server configuration modifications - something that would be unthinkable on a shared hosting web server. The virtual private servers also offer burstable RAM memory options. Separate RAM and central processing unit portions are assigned to each individual virtual private hosting server, without anyone else using them. Typically there are other virtual private servers apart from yours that avail of the system resources of the physical machine, which could sometimes influence the overall performance, but in most situations it's of no concern. Should the resources of the VPS server, though, be inadequate for your needs, it is apparently time to migrate to a dedicated web hosting server.

The dedicated servers is a server that you hire, which is used solely by you for your own website needs. Nobody else shares its resources and you get complete root-level access, can choose the hardware in advance, apply upgrades at a later time and install RAM or hard drives. Unlike with the virtual private servers where virtualization is mostly at the Operating System level and all containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated hosting server you can update the kernel of the OS (usually Linux-based) as well.

Choose your hosting plans provider

If you have a notion of what your website is going to consist of, or if you have only a vague idea that has not fully evolved yet, your first step towards the creation of your web site should be to select a web hosting accounts provider. The best course of action is to find a web hosting accounts provider that delivers an extensive variety of website hosting services so that you do not have to change hosting service providers in case you first make use of a shared hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and have to move to a Virtual Private Server or a dedicated server. We, for instance, distribute moderately priced shared hosting plans, affordable OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based private virtual hosting servers, semi-dedicated servers with their own web hosting Control Panel interface and even dedicated hosting server packages. We also offer cost-free gifts - the shared web hosting cheap domain if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more advanced private virtual web server hosting plans and dedicated hosting server plans offer a free-of-cost domain reseller account and invoicing software in case you decide to use them for reselling purposes. Throw in the excellent 24-7-365 customer service and you have all you would normally require. You could, by all means, discover other web hosting distributors depending on what exactly you are searching for, by carrying out an online survey or by checking different web hosting reviews. The best option, though, is a web hosting distributor that is also a domain name registrar and has web hosting servers in more than one country - both requirements satisfied by us. We have web servers in the United States of America, in Britain and in Australia, and offer plenty of domain name extensions for registration.