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What is Web Hosting? Why do you need Web Hosting?
hosting when you want to have a website. A website will only be called a 'website' if everyone connected to the internet is able to see it. They must be able to look at the text you have written, the pictures you have posted and everything that you have placed on your website! Just like every internet user will be able to read this article, including you.
Your website is actually a collection of computer files (usually text files & pictures). These files need to be store in a 'super' computer with high speed internet connection. These computers are called servers. You will put all your files in these servers. The guys who provide such services are called web hosts, or web hosting providers. They HOST your website.
The place where they put their servers is called datacenter. A datacenter is simply a room or a building. A datacenter provides fast internet connection to the servers. It also has facilities such as security entrance, fire protection, electricity backup ... for the purpose of keeping the server safe, secure and running with minimum downtime.

Server vs. Your Computer

A server is quite different than a personal computer. Your personal computer will usually have 1 processor, 1 hard disk drive and 1 power supply. A powerful server will usually have 2 or more processors. This allows the server to execute faster and process more applications at the same time.
A server will also have a few hard disk drives to store its data. The same data is always written to 2 disks for backup purposes. That's why no data will be lost if one of the disk failed. The swappable feature of the hard disks even allow a technician to remove and replace the failed hard disk drive without turning down the server!
Most servers will also have 2 power supplies. If one of them failed, the other power supply keeps the server running without disruption. The power supplies are also swappable so the failed power supply could be replaced without the need to power down the server.
A server will need an internet connection that is a few hundred times faster than ordinary DSL/Cable in order to serve many visitors simultaneously. So why are we telling you all these? Because it is really a bad idea to host your website with your computer and your DSL connection! :)

Different Level of Web Hosting - Shared Hosting (Virtual Hosting)

Having a website on a server alone is a waste of resources. Unless you have plenty of money to spend, we usually don't need a whole server to host our site. Here we introduce to you the most common level of web hosting - shared hosting (or virtual hosting). Depending on the speed of the server, it could possibly host more than 1,000 sites without any problem. The users on the same server will share the same resources of it (disk space, bandwidth, memory, etc.). This makes web hosting affordable because you pay a portion of the server fee instead of the entire server. Our directory focus entirely on shared hosting below20LE/month. Over 95% of websites of the internet are hosted on shared hosting environment.

Dedicated Server

When you choose to rent the entire server for you own use, then you are using a dedicated server. In some cases, you can share a server with another user and so you are using a semi-dedicated server. For dedicated hosting, you actually rent the server from the web host and you do not own the server. The web host owns it. Another common term for dedicated hosting is managed hosting.

Server Co-Location

You can choose to buy a server instead of renting it. You will then need to place it in a datacenter. Server Co-Location means having your server co-located at a datacenter by paying the datacenter a certain fee. A datacenter provides your server with the greatest protection and most important, high speed internet connection.
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