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Web Hosting Explained

If you have decided to build your very own personal site, but are not quite certain about what a web site is and are unfamiliar with the term "web hosting", this article is devoted to clarifying these concepts in simple words.

What exactly is a website?

A web site is an amalgamation of webpages brought together systematically. It has a unique website address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may include just one webpage and sometimes may even contain as many as one thousand webpages.

What is a hosting server?

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A web hosting server permits you to upload your web site onto it. In some cases, there might be even thousands of sites on a single web hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is housed in a datacenter with special cooling systems, whose mission is to ensure the seamless performance of the hosting server and all the sites located on it.

In brief, a web hosting server will be really a launching pad when the time comes for you to launch your site. It could be any kind of web site - a corporate web site having a large number of pages, or a website, which is comprised of just a few pages and which you have created just for your pals and relatives.

You've decided what your web site will be, now what?

As soon as you have decided what type of website you wish to set up, the next move is to discover what kind of web hosting service you must pick for your online endeavor. Basically, there are two kinds of website hosting services - free-of-cost web hosting services and paid web hosting services. The free hosting solution is ordinarily used by users that do not own a business-related website.

Strong and weak sides of the free-of-charge website hosting solution

You will not obtain plenty of options with a free-of-cost website hosting plan. Features such as web traffic, memory and web server disk space are limited and inadequate for a complex e-store or a corporate website, or even for a site with plenty of graphics. Additionally, there are a lot of ads inserted on your site by the web hosting vendor. These advertisements occupy a lot of space on your web site and are rather annoying.

Shared website hosting

The professional paid shared website hosting services are more dependable and offer numerous advanced features in addition to the high-end hosting server that will host your website and its files. However, it is important to find out which features your web site needs prior to buying your web hosting plan. You should not rush and end up spending cash on something that your website does not require.

Choose your web hosting distributor

It is not hard to find a hosting distributor. You need to simply conduct an online search in order to find a web hosting provider that fulfills your site's demands. Before you make your actual decision, have a look at the specifications of the web hosting packages furnished by the web hosting vendors that have attracted your interest. We, for instance, are among the leading web hosting service providers on the marketplace these days. The large assortment of web hosting services and our prices are what renders us an enthralling choice. Yet, you must ascertain what sort of hosting service you need and whether the price suits your allowance. What is more, you must not forget to read the web hosting provider's Terms of Use prior to registering to ensure that your web site is not violating them.

Opening a website hosting account

As soon as you have found out what features are ideal for your website, the next step is to open an account with the web hosting packages provider of your choice. You will get all the necessary tools for administering your web site files and databases. With us, for example, you will obtain a hosting Control Panel, which contains domain, web site, database and electronic mail account administration areas. You log into the web hosting Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which grants you secure access to the part of the server where your site will be hosted.

Uploading your site

You can either upload your website files through FTP client software or, as is with most web hosting suppliers, through an online tool that is included within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is rather user-friendly and offers features similar to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which renders file manipulation extremely easy. We offer additionally a web site building tool and a PHP-powered script installation tool, which you can utilize to develop your web site if you possess no programming abilities and are taking your very first steps in web design. The web-based website builder, called SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of making a website on your personal computer and then uploading it through an FTP software program or the File Manager interface.