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What Exactly is Shared Hosting?

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

Where to host your website?

Although you can use your own personal computer as a web server, it is a more conventional practice to let a hosting provider host your website. The principal reason for that is the greater reliability and the uninterrupted availability of your website, since hosting providers have special hardware and apportion a far greater monthly traffic allowance, which ensures the faster access to your site from all over the globe.

Shared hosting solutions

Select a shared hosting solution, which enables you to register domains and to create email mailbox accounts. Many web shared hosting corporations, like us at BreHost, offer a free-of-cost domain registration as a bonus if you sign up for an account.

Hosting your web site yourself

Hosting your website on your own personal server is no doubt an option, but only in case you have time and the required expertise. There are certain issues that you need to take into consideration, including the hardware and software expenses. To run an actual, professional-looking website, you will have to invest cash in some powerful server hardware, since you cannot bank on an inexpensive PC to do the task. You will also require an uninterrupted breakneck-speed connection without outages, which generally comes at a rather high price. If you are using licensed software for your site, you will need to pay a license tax as well. You may also need to cope with bugs and rootkits. You will have to keep your web server running all the time in an environment where "everything could happen". If you do not have the needed technical ability, you will have to employ a sysadmin to cope with these issues on your behalf, which will render the price of hosting your site yourself even steeper than that of a dedicated server furnished by a hosting company.

A dedicated web server provided by a web hosting services provider

Renting a dedicated hosting web server from a web hosting services provider is an appropriate choice if you wish to maintain a resource-demanding site or a business portal that has very meticulous security requirements. The biggest upsides of using a dedicated server web hosting solution are the high-speed connection, the constant power supply and the extremely powerful hardware. Some web hosting distributors, again like us at BreHost, provide virtual private servers hosting and semi-dedicated hosting services, which are based on extremely powerful servers that can be shared by several users. You can also expect them to offer effective load balancing solutions and the needed backup servers.

Safety and reliability

Hosting service providers are specialized in supplying hosting services and since this is what they do for a living, you can anticipate them to offer constant website availability, the latest software updates and the best anti-malware software, as well as sysadmins available around the clock to aid you in emergency occasions.

Select your hosting plans provider

What you need to consider when choosing your web hosting services provider is the dependability of the offered services. Make sure that the web hosting plans provider of your choosing offers a 24x7x365 customer service. Do not place yourself in a situation where you cannot fix serious issues instantaneously because you have to wait till the next business day. Also, if you pick a shared web hosting plan, which includes a 24-7-365 support service, this implies that there always will be sysadmins available to fix any urgent problems as soon as they show up, which is a very advantageous thing.

Everyday data backups

Make certain that your hosting solutions provider offers daily backups with the offered hosting services, otherwise you may forfeit some precious content in the event of a hardware breakdown or because you have deleted something unintentionally. The presence of routine data backups is usually mentioned in the web hosting vendor's Terms of Service.

Web traffic and web server space

When choosing your hosting services provider, pay specific attention to the bandwidth usage quota limitations. Make certain that you won't have to overpay for unforeseen high volumes of bandwidth if your web site becomes more regularly visited. There are lots of web hosting providers that offer unlimited bandwidth nowadays, so the best step to take is to ensure that you have made the most appropriate choice prior to signing up.

Content limitations

Pay particular attention to the hosting service provider's content limitations. If you aim to post images or to stream video or audio content, make certain that you can achieve that. Besides, the majority of hosting service providers impose limitations as far as using their services for storage purposes is concerned, so if you upload too much content that is not related or directly linked to your web site, your website hosting account could get closed. That is the reason why reading the hosting company's Terms & Conditions, irrespective of how time-swallowing and boring this might be, is very important.

Electronic mail capabilities

The majority of hosting vendors nowadays also offer e-mail services with all their website hosting plans. It is a good idea to double-check if the hosting packages provider of your choosing offers such options as well, so as to be sure that you'll get all the features that you require in return for your cash.