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What is Hosting?

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If you have created a site and you would like other people to spot it, you must copy your web site files to a public web server.

Where to host your web site?

Although you can use your own personal computer as a web server, it is a more conventional practice to let a hosting provider take care of your website. The primary reason for that is the bigger reliability and the uninterrupted accessibility of your web site, because hosting service providers have top-quality hardware and offer a much greater web traffic allowance, which guarantees the faster access to your web site from all over the world.

Hosting services

Select a hosting service, which allows you to register domains and to create email mailboxes. Lots of web hosting firms, like us at HUGOHOST, offer a cost-free domain registration as a bonus if you sign up for a web hosting account.

Hosting your site yourself

Hosting your website on your own personal web server is no doubt an option, but only if you have time and the needed ability. There are certain matters that you have to consider, including the hardware and software expenses. To own a genuine, proper website, you will have to pay for some powerful server hardware, since you cannot count on an inexpensive PC to accomplish the task. You will also need a constant high-speed Internet connection without network downtimes, which generally is offered at a rather steep price. If you are availing of licensed software for your website, you will have to pay for the license as well. You may also need to cope with bugs and malware. You will have to maintain your server constantly running in an environment where "everything could happen". If you do not possess the required technical competence, you will have to employ a system administrator to take care of these things on your behalf, which will make the price of hosting your website on your own even steeper than that of a dedicated hosting web server provided by a web hosting services provider.

A dedicated web hosting server provided by a hosting company

Leasing a dedicated web hosting server from a hosting company is an appropriate choice if you wish to run a high resource-swallowing web site or a corporate page that has very rigorous security requirements. The prime upsides of using a dedicated web server are the high-speed Internet access, the uninterruptible power supply and the extremely powerful hardware. Some web hosting firms, again like us at HUGOHOST, offer VPS hosting and semi-dedicated web hosting services, which are based on extremely powerful physical servers that can be shared by several clients. You can also expect them to offer efficient server load balancing services and the necessary data backup servers.

Security and reliability

Web hosting vendors are specialized in offering hosting solutions and because this is what they do to earn a living, you can anticipate them to offer continuous network connectivity, the newest software updates and the best anti-malware software, as well as system administrators available 24x7x365 to support you in case of an emergency.

Pick your web hosting vendor

What you have to take into account when choosing your web hosting packages provider is the dependability of the offered hosting services. Make certain that the provider of your choosing offers a 24x7 client support service. Do not place yourself in a position where you cannot solve serious problems instantly because you must wait until the next business day. Furthermore, if you choose a shared website hosting package, which includes a 24-7-365 customer service, this signifies that there constantly will be sysadmins available to solve any critical issues as soon as they happen, which is a very desirable thing.

Routine backups

Make sure that your web hosting provider offers everyday data backups with the offered web hosting services, or else you may forfeit some important data in case of a hardware breakdown or because you have erased something unwittingly. The availability of daily backups is typically pointed out in the hosting vendor's Terms of Use.

Traffic and hosting space

When selecting your hosting provider, give special attention to the bandwidth amount limitations. Make certain that you won't have to overpay for unpredicted high bandwidth volumes if your site becomes more frequently visited. There are plenty of hosting service providers that offer unmetered web traffic nowadays, so the best thing to do is make certain that you have made the right decision before subscribing.

Content limitations

Give particular attention to the web hosting vendor's content limitations. If you want to publish images or to broadcast live video or audio content, make sure that you can do that. Also, the majority of web hosting providers lay limitations when it comes to using their services for file hosting purposes, so if you upload too much content that is not related or directly linked to your website, your user account could get cancelled. For that reason, reading the web hosting provider's Terms of Use, regardless of how time-absorbing and wearisome this might be, is very vital.

Email capabilities

The majority of hosting vendors nowadays also provide e-mail services with all their hosting offerings. It is not a bad idea to check if the hosting packages provider of your choosing offers such functionalities as well, so as to be certain that you'll get all the functionalities that you need in exchange for your money.

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