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If you have built a website and you would like other people to visit it, you must transfer your web site content to a publicly accessible server.

Where to host your web site?

Although you can use your own PC as a server, it is a more conventional practice to let a hosting provider host your website. The prime reason for that is the greater stability and the better visibility of your site, because web hosting providers have top-quality hardware and allocate a far greater monthly bandwidth usage allowance, which ensures the easier access to your web site from all around the globe.

Shared hosting services

Choose a shared hosting solution, which allows you to register domain names and to create email mailbox accounts. Many web shared hosting firms, like us at Hosting Tech, offer a free-of-charge domain name registration as a gift if you sign up for a web hosting account.

Hosting your website yourself

Hosting your web site on your own personal web server is certainly an option, but only if you have time and the required skills. There are some matters that you need to take into consideration, including the hardware and software expenses. To launch a genuine, professional-looking site, you will have to invest in some powerful server hardware, since you cannot count on a cheap PC to carry out the task. You will also require a permanent high-speed Internet connection without network outages, which generally is offered at a rather high price. If you are availing of licensed software for your site, you will have to pay for the license as well. You may also have to deal with bugs and Trojans. You will need to keep your server constantly running in an environment where "everything could take place". If you do not have the necessary technical experience, you will need to hire a sysadmin to handle these issues for you, which will render the price of hosting your web site on your own even higher than that of a dedicated web hosting server offered by a web hosting company.

A dedicated web hosting server delivered by a hosting distributor

Renting a dedicated hosting web server from a hosting company is an excellent decision if you want to make a heavy resource-swallowing web site or a corporate portal that has very meticulous security requirements. The principal advantages of utilizing a dedicated web server hosting solution are the high-speed Internet access, the uninterrupted power supply and the extremely powerful hardware. Some web hosting corporations, again like us at Hosting Tech, supply virtual private servers hosting and semi-dedicated web hosting solutions, which are based on very powerful physical servers that can be divided among several users. You can also anticipate them to offer efficient load balancing solutions and the necessary backup servers.

Security and dependability

Hosting suppliers are specialized in supplying web hosting services and since this is what they do to make a living, you can expect them to offer uninterrupted website availability, the newest software updates and the best anti-virus software, as well as sysadmins available around the clock to assist you in situations of emergency.

Choose your web hosting solutions provider

What you have to take into consideration when picking your web hosting packages provider is the reliability of the offered hosting services. Make certain that the hosting packages provider of your choosing offers a 24/7/365 client support service. Do not put yourself in a scenario where you cannot fix critical issues instantaneously because you have to wait until the next working day. Also, if you opt for a shared website hosting package, which features a 24-7-365 customer support service, this suggests that there constantly will be sysadmins available to fix any critical problems as soon as they occur, which is a very desirable thing.

Routine data backups

Make sure that your hosting packages provider offers day-to-day backups with the offered services, or else you may forfeit some valuable content in case of a hardware failure or because you have erased something by mistake. The availability of routine backups is typically mentioned in the web hosting service provider's Terms of Use.

Traffic and web space

When choosing your web hosting plans provider, pay special attention to the bandwidth amount limitations. Make certain that you don't have to overpay for unexpected high traffic volumes if your web site becomes more popular. There are many hosting companies that offer unmetered web traffic at present, so the most relevant step to take is to make sure that you have made the correct decision before subscribing.

Content restrictions

Give special attention to the hosting supplier's content restrictions. If you want to post pictures or to broadcast live video or audio, make certain that you can achieve that. Besides, most web hosting firms put restrictions when it comes to utilizing their services for file hosting purposes, so if you upload too many files that are not related or directly linked to your website, your website hosting account could get deleted. Hence, double-checking the web hosting company's Terms of Use, no matter how time-absorbing and annoying this might be, is extremely important.

Email capabilities

The majority of hosting companies nowadays also provide e-mail services with all their website hosting plans. It is not a bad idea to double-check if the web hosting provider of your choice offers such functionalities too, so as to confirm that you'll get all the features that you require in exchange for your cash.