Web hosting, an industry that is growing exponentially is very exciting but, however, also very confusing. If you want to have an online presence nowadays you have to have your own website or blog. Some blogs though free, impose limitations on what you can do. If you want to be truly free on the internet and publish your uninhibited content, then you must consider web hosting. To the average internet user, social networks and email hosts are their areas of experience, but they know squat, when it comes to hosting and managing their own website. Trepidation and lack of confidence turns many potential webmasters away.Let us unravel the mystery of web hosting, shall we?Web hosting allows you to have a home on the internet; one that you have designed to the deepest desire of your heart. It may be a personal or business website, but it is still your home on the net. The internet is like a virtual city in which real estate is developed and traded. Those purchasing virtual property get to interact with each other within this virtual city. If you do not have your own website, but rely on limited free blogs, then you are like a rural individual, looking upon fast moving urbanites with envy.Your web site must be hosted on a server. A server, in layman’s terms, is the socket into the internet; it refers to the computer, group of computers or software that is used to host individual websites and allow communication throughout the internet. E.g. when you enter a query into a search engine, the query is sent from your computer to servers all over the internet that have pages relevant to your search. The results are then sent back by these servers to your computer.Virtual private servers (VPS) refer to virtual computers set aside for the exclusive use of an individual customer. A virtual machine runs on the same computer as other individual’s virtual machines but functions equivalently to a separate computer, and can be configured to run as a separate server. It is similar to when you partition a single physical hard drive in your home computer, into two or three “Virtual” hard drives.The term, cloud hosting, refers to a “cloud” of virtual servers that are networked. These networked servers could be spread out all over the internet.
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