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Web Hosting Revealed

If you want to launch a website and make it visible to the whole world, it needs to be located on a server. This service is known as web hosting.

Host your website at home or somewhere else

You could host your site on your own personal computer at your house or at your workplace, on a computer which belongs to a mate of yours, and so on. If it is a web site for experimenting purposes, there would be no real need for you to look for a more reliable web hosting service than that. If you wish to set up a real website, however, which will be visible to multiple viewers and you wish to make it reliable, you will also require a dependable hosting server on which you will host it.

Why do you need a server for your site?

When you own a web site, it is hosted on a physical machine. That physical machine has its own physical address known also as IP address. Writing the IP address of the physical machine in your browser's address bar, though, is not the best and most suitable means to visit a web site. That is how and why domains came into existence and why you are in need of one for your site. So, to create your website, you require your own domain name and a web hosting server to host your site on.

Hosting your website on your own

If you are an Information Technology specialist and understand how to cope with 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 exercise complete control over the hosting server, to make server configuration modifications and to install software updates yourself instead of relying on the datacenter personnel. The weak side, however, is that you will have to guarantee the uptime of you site and to cope with all server maintenance procedures yourself. If you are using a licensed Operating System, you will also need to invest cash in the license, which is normally more costly if bought for an entire physical machine.

Using a web host

If you don't want to carry out server maintenance duties, the best thing to do is register an account with a website hosting plans provider. These are firms that offer customers powerful hosting servers with different hardware configurations for a certain tax. The hosting servers are stored in data center facilities with special cooling and emergency power supply systems to guarantee continuous network uptime.

Types of web hosting services

The World Wide Web is a large ocean and there are plenty of web hosting suppliers offering different website hosting services to the multitude of web site possessors out there. The web hosting services vary from 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 allowance. So, what type of hosting satisfies your demands?

If you possess a small or medium-size web site that has several hundred viewers tops, you could safely resort to a shared web hosting solution. Shared web hosting signifies that a lot of clients and websites are accommodated on one and the same web server, thus reducing the price of the hosting service. Shared accounts ordinarily have central processing unit, memory, bandwidth and hosting server disk space quotas to ensure that the websites hosted on the web server do not interfere with each other and do not utilize more system resources than they are allocated.

If your website is more popular, you should pick a virtual private web server hosting solution, which is the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated server web hosting solution. VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. It gives you root-level access, which permits you to implement server configuration modifications - something that would be impossible on a shared hosting web server. The virtual private hosting servers also offer burstable memory options. Separate RAM memory and central processing unit portions are allotted to each individual virtual private web hosting server, without anyone else using them. Typically there are other private virtual hosting servers beside yours that share the system resources of the physical machine, which could at times affect the overall performance, but in most instances it is not a problem. Should the system resources of the VPS web hosting server, however, be inadequate for your needs, it is apparently time to move to a dedicated hosting server.

The dedicated server is a physical server that you lease, which is utilized just by you for your own web site needs. Nobody else shares its system resources and you gain full root access, can select a hardware configuration in advance, implement updates at a later time and install RAM or hard disk drives. Unlike with the private virtual web hosting servers where virtualization is mostly at the OS level and all containers share a single kernel, with a dedicated web hosting server you can revise the kernel of the OS (usually Linux-based) too.

Choose your hosting distributor

If you have a notion of what your web site is going to include, or if you have just a vague idea that has not completely evolved yet, your initial move towards the creation of your web site should be to discover a web host. The smartest step to take is to find a provider that furnishes an extensive assortment of website hosting solutions so that you do not have to switch providers if you first avail of a shared website hosting solution and then outgrow the shared hosting resources and have to shift to a VPS hosting server solution or a dedicated hosting solution. My own personal favorite is NTC Hosting, which distributes discounted shared web hosting packages, affordable OpenVZ and Virtuozzo-based virtual web server plans, semi-dedicated web hosting servers with their own Control Panel and even dedicated hosting web server packages. I am very satisfied with all their offerings, because they all come with free-of-charge gifts - the shared hosting packages offer a free domain name if they are paid for on an annual basis, the more powerful VPS packages and dedicated server hosting plans offer a free domain reseller account and billing software in case you decide to use them for reselling purposes. Add the high-quality 24x7x365 support service and you have all you would normally require. You could, of course, discover other web hosts depending on what precisely you are looking for, by conducting an online search or by checking additional hosting reviews online. The most relevant choice, however, is a web hosting solutions provider that is also a domain registrar and has servers in more than one country - both requirements met by NTC Hosting, which has servers in the US, in England, in Sweden and in Australia, and offers a multitude of domain extensions for registration.

(Personal Plan)
NTC Hosting
(Budget Plan)
Price Per Month $3.95
per month
per month
Data Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Server Traffic Unlimited Unlimited
Server CPU Usage 5% 5%
Hosted Domains 1 1
Mailbox Accounts 100 500
OS Installation Options Debian GNU/Linux Debian GNU/Linux
FTP Accounts Unlimited Unlimited
Root Access
Secure Shell Access Optional Optional
1-click Script Installer
Hepsia Control Panel
Optional Control Panels