There are two principal options to host your website. Firstly, you may take a spare computer, connect it to Internet, install operational system, such as Linux, Apache http server, MySQL database system and php environment, add some virus protection software and firewalls, and then you have a web hosting server ready to install website files. The good news is that there is no need to spend much on web hosting software, since basic operational systems are available as freeware, for example LAMP - Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP.
If you don't feel like learning all about web hosting software and maintenance, you may outsource the web hosting service from some commercial web hosting provider which hosts many websites and provides hosting services to everyone interested in hosting their website. Web hosting companies have professional technicians available who take care of web servers and operational software maintenance. Sometimes making the right choice is difficult because not all web hosting companies are equally good.
As a web design company, we are used to installing our websites to web hosting servers with quite different quality. Most of them work fine, some are better to avoid. To make the choosing easier for you, we created the page "How to choose the best web hosting", where we have listed the hosts we recommend.
Roughly, we may divide web hosting services as follows: Shared web hosting service, Virtual Dedicated Server, Dedicated hosting service, Managed hosting service, Colocation web hosting service, Cloud hosting, Clustered hosting and Grid hosting. For exact definition of each service you may see further details in Wikipedia Web Hosting article. For a typical website, which has couple of hundred pages and thousands of visitors each day, the shared web hosting service is the best for a start. To make the finding a good host with affordable prices easier for you, we wrote some reviews on Best Web Hosting Companies page.
We can safely say that better server uptimes, ergonomic control panels, fast databases, up-to-date operating systems, systematic backups and excellent support also make our everyday business of creating vibrant websites a lot easier.
Please take into consideration that the web hosting providers listed on this page are independent companies, and they have their own terms and conditions as well as privacy policies. Some hosts pay us for references, but in this section we suggest website hosting companies only because they have been providing excellent web hosting services in accommodating our clients' websites.