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You have a conception that you desire to convert into a site? Your first step should be to sustain your inspiration and find a spot for your web site on the World Wide Web so that it will be constantly available for the whole world to see.

Where should you host your web site?

Because the number of web pages on the World Wide Web has risen rapidly during the last few years, the need for web hosting services has also lead to the birth of countless web hosting firms. These are firms that offer you space for your own web page on their servers.

Kinds of hosting services

The ambit of web hosting services varies vastly, so do the demands of the web page possessors. The most basic web hosting type is the small-scale file hosting solution, where files can be uploaded using File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or a web-based graphical user interface. Many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) deliver this service free of cost. Personal web site owners and companies can also get hosting services from different web hosting providers. Personal website hosting services are typically either free, advertisement-supported, or reasonably priced. Business web hosting services usually are more expensive, but because of the immense competition on the marketplace, an increasing number of hosting corporations, like us at Valicom Net Ltd, provide business web hosting services at slashed prices and with flexible invoicing intervals.

Types of websites and their prerequisites

The free web hosting solution is generally sufficient for personal web pages such as portfolios or online diaries. A more regularly visited site, like a community website or a corporate web page, necessitates a more powerful website hosting solution that provides database support and application development platforms (for example PHP). If you wish to host an e-store, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) must be supported by the hosting services provider of your choice. These days, SSL certificates are provided by most web hosting firms.

The web hosting Control Panel

The hosting plans provider normally also offers a web hosting Control Panel graphical user interface for handling your files, electronic mail accounts, email aliases, domains, DNS records, and so on.

Service uptime

When picking a hosting services provider, service uptime is a very important factor. The accessibility of a website is assessed on an annual basis by taking into consideration the time when the website is publicly available and viewable on the Internet. Network and service availability guarantees, therefore, should be meticulously taken into account when ordering a web hosting plan. The best thing to do is re-examine the service-level agreements and the ToS of the web hosting provider of your choosing in advance. Reading online reviews from current clients is also a rather logical step before you reach a decision to register.

The shared hosting platform

The most widely used and affordably priced type of web hosting service is the shared web hosting solution. It offers 24-7 support, which is a big upside for clients who would not like to deal with server maintenance tasks, but could also impede clients who would like to exercise more control over the hosting server. For such clients, a virtual private servers or a dedicated web hosting would be more suitable. Most standard applications and scripts work alright on a shared hosting server. Furthermore, the shared hosting solution is cheaper than other kinds of hosting solutions, such as the dedicated web hosting, because the web hosting plans provider splits the web hosting server among lots of clients. The shared hosting solution normally includes resource usage limitations that ensure that the different clients do not meddle with each other and that the web hosting server remains stable.

Administering your shared website hosting account

Shared web hosting plans usually offer a web-based hosting Control Panel GUI, like cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk, etc. The majority of the big hosting service providers, again like us at Valicom Net Ltd, use their own custom-designed hosting Control Panel interface.

Web server maintenance

With the shared hosting platform, the web hosting provider is responsible for administering the web and e-mail servers, for installing web server software, software updates and patches, and for providing technical support to its clients. The majority of web servers are based on the Linux Operating System. The web hosting supplier's admins are responsible for maintaining the OS up to date, unless you have a dedicated web server and full root privileges.

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