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Definition of Web Hosting

If you have developed a website and you wish other persons to check it out, you must host your website on a public web server.

Where to host your web site?

Even though you can use your own PC as a server, it is a more common practice to let a hosting service provider host your site. The primary reason for that is the bigger reliability and the uninterrupted accessibility of your web site, since web hosting service providers have top-quality hardware and apportion a much greater bandwidth usage allowance, which guarantees the faster access to your website from all around the globe.

Web hosting services

Select a web hosting solution, which permits you to register domain names and to set up email boxes. Many web web hosting corporations, like us at Nova Webhosting, offer a cost-free domain name registration as a gift if you sign up for a hosting account.

Hosting your website yourself

Hosting your site on your own personal web server is always an option, but only in case you have time and the required know-how. There are some matters that you have to consider, among them the hardware and software expenses. To maintain an actual, proper site, you will need to purchase some powerful server hardware, since you cannot count on a low-priced personal computer to do the task. You will also need a permanent high-speed connection without outages, which usually comes at a rather steep price. If you are utilizing licensed software for your site, you will have to invest cash in the license too. You may also have to deal with bugs and spyware. You will need to maintain your web server constantly running in an environment where "everything could take place". If you do not have the needed technical knowledge, you will need to employ a system administrator to take care of these things on your behalf, which will make the price of hosting your web site yourself even steeper than that of a dedicated web server offered by a hosting supplier.

A dedicated server provided by a hosting services provider

Leasing a dedicated hosting server from a web hosting solutions provider is a suitable option if you wish to create a heavy resource-swallowing website or a business page that has very precise security requirements. The most essential upsides of utilizing a dedicated hosting server are the high-speed Internet access, the uninterrupted power supply and the extremely powerful hardware. Certain web hosting suppliers, again like us at Nova Webhosting, supply VPS web hosting and semi-dedicated server hosting services, which are based on extremely powerful servers that can be divided among several customers. You can also anticipate them to offer effective server load balancing solutions and the necessary backup servers.

Security and reliability

Hosting vendors are specialized in furnishing web hosting solutions and because this is what they do to make a living, you can expect them to offer continuous website availability, the latest software updates and the best malware protection, as well as system administrators available 24/7/365 to assist you in emergency cases.

Pick your web hosting distributor

What you need to consider when choosing your web hosting services provider is the stability of the offered web hosting services. Make certain that the hosting plans provider of your choice provides a 24x7x365 customer service. Do not put yourself in a position where you cannot fix critical predicaments right away because you have to wait till the next working day. Besides, if you pick a shared web hosting package, which includes a round-the-clock support service, this suggests that there constantly will be sysadmins available to fix any critical problems as soon as they appear, which is a very desirable thing.

Day-to-day backups

Make sure that your web hosting packages provider offers routine data backups with the offered services, otherwise you may lose some valuable data in the event of a hardware breakdown or because you have erased something by mistake. The presence of daily backups is typically mentioned in the web hosting vendor's ToS.

Traffic and web server storage space

When selecting your web hosting plans provider, pay specific attention to the bandwidth amount restrictions. Make certain that you don't have to pay a fortune for unpredicted high web traffic volumes if your website becomes more popular. There are a lot of web hosting providers that offer unlimited bandwidth at present, so the most intelligent step to take is to make sure that you have made the right choice before subscribing.

Content limitations

Give particular attention to the web hosting vendor's content limitations. If you wish to post pics or to broadcast live video or audio content, make certain that you can accomplish that. In addition, the majority of hosting vendors place limitations when it comes to utilizing their services for file storage purposes, so if you upload too much content that is not related or directly linked to your website, your web hosting account could get terminated. Therefore, examining the hosting provider's ToS, regardless of how time-swallowing and tiresome this might be, is very important.

Email capabilities

The majority of web hosting vendors nowadays also offer electronic mail services with all their website hosting plans. It is a good idea to check if the web hosting packages provider of your choosing offers such features as well, so as to be certain that you'll receive all the features that you need in return for your money.