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What Does Web Hosting Denote?

If you have decided to develop your own site, but are not very sure about what a web site is and are not familiar with the term "web hosting", this article is devoted to clarifying these concepts in plain terms.

What exactly is a website?

A website is an amalgamation of webpages assembled systematically. It has a unique web address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may be comprised of just one single web page and sometimes may even consist of as many as a thousand webpages.

What is a web hosting server?

A hosting server enables you to upload your website onto it. In some instances, there might be even thousands of web sites on a single web hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is housed in a data center with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to ensure the seamless operation of the server and all the web sites located on it.

In short, a hosting server will be indeed a launch pad when the time comes for you to launch your website. It could be any sort of website - a business web site having lots of webpages, or a site, which has just a couple of pages and which you have created just for your chums and family members.

You've made a decision about what your website will be, now what?

Once you have made a decision about what kind of web site you want to set up, the next step is to discover what kind of web hosting service you have to select for your online adventure. Essentially, there are two kinds of hosting services - charge-free website hosting services and professional paid web hosting services. The free hosting solution is generally utilized by customers that do not possess a business-related website.

Strengths and weaknesses of the free-of-cost hosting solution

You will not obtain a lot of options with a charge-free website hosting plan. Features such as bandwidth, memory and web content storage space are restricted and inadequate for a complex web shop or a corporate web site, or even for a web site with a lot of artwork. What's more, there are a lot of adverts placed on your web site by the web hosting distributor. These ads occupy lots of space on your site and are very frustrating.

Shared website hosting

The paid shared website hosting services tend to be more dependable and offer many advanced features apart from the high-end hosting server that will host your website and its files. Yet, it is important to know which features your site demands prior to selecting your web hosting package. You should not rush and end up purchasing something that your website does not require.

Find your hosting packages provider

It is not hard to find a hosting solutions provider. You need to just carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting distributor that matches your web site's demands. Before you take your actual decision, have a glimpse at the features of the hosting plans offered by the web hosting distributors that have caught your attention. We, for example, are among the premier web hosting companies on the marketplace today. The immense selection of hosting solutions and our prices are what makes us an attractive option. Nonetheless, you must establish what sort of hosting solution you need and if the price matches your allowance. Besides, you must always remember to examine the web hosting distributor's ToS before opening an account to ensure that your web site is not abusing them.

Opening a web hosting account

Once you have found out what features are optimal for your web site, the next step is to sign up for an account with the hosting vendor of your choosing. You will be given all the needed tools for handling your website files and databases. With us, for instance, you will obtain a web hosting Control Panel, which contains domain name, web site, database and e-mail account management sections. You log into the Control Panel using a unique username and password, which gives you safe access to the portion of the hosting server where your website will be located.

Uploading your web site

You can either upload your web site via an FTP client application or, as is with most hosting distributors, through a web-based tool that is integrated within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is rather user-friendly and offers features similar to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which makes file management extremely easy. We offer also a site builder and a PHP-based script installer, which you can utilize to set up your web site if you have no programming skills and are taking your very first steps in web design. The web-based website building tool, dubbed SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of creating a website on your computer and then uploading it via an FTP program or the File Manager tool.