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Description of Shared Web Hosting

If you have created a website and you would like other persons to view it, you must transfer your web site content to a publicly reachable web server.

Where to host your site?

Although you can use your own PC as a web server, it is a more common practice to let a hosting provider take care of your web site. The principal reason for that is the greater stability and the uninterrupted accessibility of your website, because web hosting providers have top-quality hardware and offer a much higher monthly bandwidth usage allowance, which guarantees the faster access to your website from all around the world.

Shared web hosting services

Pick a shared web hosting service, which enables you to register domain names and to create mail accounts. A lot of web shared web hosting vendors, like us at Downy, offer a free domain name registration as a bonus if you sign up for a web hosting account.

Hosting your web site yourself

Hosting your website on your own personal web server is undoubtedly an option, but only if you have time and the necessary experience. There are certain issues that you have to consider, including the hardware and software expenses. To own an actual, proper site, you will have to spend cash on some powerful server hardware, because you cannot expect a low-priced personal computer to carry out the task. You will also require a constant breakneck-speed connection without network outages, which usually is offered at a pretty high price. If you are utilizing licensed software for your web site, you will have to invest cash in the license as well. You may also have to cope with bugs and software vulnerabilities. You will need to keep your server constantly running in an environment where "everything could happen". If you do not have the necessary technical competence, you will have to employ a system administrator to take care of these issues for you, which will make the price of hosting your website on your own even higher than that of a dedicated web server offered by a hosting provider.

A dedicated hosting web server provided by a hosting firm

Leasing a web server from a hosting firm is a fine choice if you would like to build a resource-intensive site or a corporate page that has very rigorous safety requirements. The principal upsides of utilizing a dedicated web server hosting solution are the high-speed Internet access, the uninterruptible power supply and the very powerful hardware. Some web hosts, again like us at Downy, provide VPS web hosting and semi-dedicated web hosting services, which are based on extremely powerful web servers that can be divided among several clients. You can also expect them to provide efficient load balancing solutions and the required backup servers.

Safety and stability

Web hosting companies are specialized in furnishing web hosting services and since this is what they do for a living, you can expect them to offer constant service uptime, the latest software patches and the best malware protection, as well as system administrators available 24/7/365 to aid you in case of an emergency.

Pick your hosting services provider

What you need to take into account when selecting your web hosting provider is the stability of the offered web hosting services. Make certain that the web hosting services provider of your choosing provides a 24-hour technical support service. Do not put yourself in a situation where you cannot resolve urgent problems instantly because you have to wait till the next business day. Also, if you select a shared website hosting plan, which includes a 24-7 support service, this signifies that there always will be system administrators available to solve any critical predicaments as soon as they materialize, which is a very advantageous thing.

Daily data backups

Make certain that your web hosting packages provider offers day-to-day data backups with the offered services, or else you may forfeit some valuable data in the event of a hardware breakdown or because you have erased something unwittingly. The presence of everyday data backups is usually mentioned in the web hosting supplier's Terms & Conditions.

Traffic and hosting server disk drive space

When selecting your web hosting packages provider, pay particular attention to the bandwidth quota limits. Make sure that you won't have to overpay for unpredicted high volumes of bandwidth if your web site becomes more regularly visited. There are lots of hosting providers that offer unlimited traffic nowadays, so the best thing to do is make certain that you have made the right decision before signing up.

Content limitations

Pay specific attention to the hosting supplier's content limitations. If you want to publish pics or to broadcast live video or audio content, make certain that you can do that. Moreover, most hosting distributors impose limitations as far as using their services for file storage purposes is concerned, so if you upload too many files that are not related or directly linked to your web site, your website hosting account could get removed. Therefore, exploring the web hosting company's TOS, regardless of how time-demanding and tiresome this might be, is extremely vital.

Electronic mail capabilities

Most hosting providers nowadays also offer email services with all their website hosting offerings. It is not a bad idea to verify if the web hosting distributor of your choice offers such options as well, so as to be sure that you'll obtain all the functionalities that you require in return for your cash.