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You have a conception that you want to transform into a website? Your very first move should be to uphold your inspiration and discover a place for your 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 page?

Since the number of web sites on the Internet has grown rapidly during the last few years, the need for hosting services has also lead to the emergence of incalculable hosting providers. These are companies that offer you storage space for your own web page on their web hosting servers.

Varieties of hosting services

The range of hosting services varies considerably, so do the demands of the web page proprietors. 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 user interface. A lot of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide this service free of cost. Personal web page owners and corporations can also get website hosting services from different web hosting service providers. Personal website hosting services are typically either free, ad-financed, or inexpensive. Business website hosting services often cost more, but owing to the immense rivalry on the market, an increasing number of web hosting companies, like us at DMZ Hosting, deliver business website hosting services at budget prices and with flexible invoicing cycles.

Types of sites and their requirements

The cost-free hosting solution is usually sufficient for personal websites like portfolios or weblogs. A busier web site, such as a social networking website or a corporate website, needs a more advanced website hosting package that provides database support and application development platforms (for example PHP). If you desire to set up an e-commerce site, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) must be supported by the hosting services provider of your choosing. Now, SSL certificates are supplied by the majority of hosting distributors.

The hosting Control Panel

The hosting vendor normally also provides a hosting Control Panel user interface for managing your files, electronic mails, e-mail aliases, domains, DNS records, and so on.

Service uptime

When choosing a hosting services provider, website availability is a very important criterion. The availability of a web site is measured on a yearly basis by taking into account the time when the website is publicly available and reachable on the Internet. Network and service availability guarantees, therefore, should be carefully taken into account when ordering a website hosting service. You should re-examine the SLAs and the ToS of the service provider of your choosing in advance. Reading online reviews from existing clients is also a very reasonable move before you reach a decision to subscribe.

The shared web hosting solution

The most famous and inexpensive type of web hosting service is the shared hosting solution. It offers 24-7-365 client support, which is a great upside for users who do not wish to cope with server maintenance tasks, but could also obstruct users who would like to exert more control over the web hosting server. For such clients, a VPSs or a dedicated packages would be more suitable. Most standard applications and scripts work alright on a shared hosting server. What's more, the shared web hosting solution costs less than other types of web hosting solutions, like the dedicated hosting, since the hosting vendor splits the hosting server among numerous users. The shared hosting solution normally includes system resource usage limitations that ensure that the separate clients do not meddle with each other and that the web server remains stable.

Administering your shared website hosting account

Shared website hosting packages typically include a web-based hosting Control Panel user interface, such as cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk, and so on. The majority of the large hosting companies, again like us at DMZ Hosting, utilize their own custom-designed web hosting Control Panel interface.

Web server maintenance

With the shared hosting solution, the hosting provider is responsible for administering the web and email servers, for installing web server software, software updates and patches, and for offering tech support to its clients. Most servers are based on the Linux OS. The hosting vendor's sysadmins are in charge of maintaining the Operating System up to date, unless you have a dedicated hosting web server and full root privileges.

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