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Definition of Web Hosting
If you have made a decision to make your very own personal site, but are not very sure about what a website is and are unfamiliar with the phrase "web hosting", this article is dedicated to explaining these concepts in plain terms.
What exactly is a web site?
A web site is a collection of web pages brought together systematically. It has a special website address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may include only one single web page and sometimes may even consist of as many as 1000 pages.
What is a web hosting server?
A hosting server permits you to upload your website onto it. In some instances, there might be even 1000's of sites on one single web hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is placed in a data center with special cooling systems, whose mission is to safeguard the seamless performance of the web hosting server and all the web sites hosted on it.
To sum up, a web hosting server will be indeed a launching pad when the time arrives for you to launch your website. It could be any kind of website - a corporate website having a lot of pages, or a web site, which includes only several pages and which you have made just for your pals and family members.
You've reached a decision about what your website will be, now what?
As soon as you have reached a decision about what kind of website you wish to develop, the next move is to find out what sort of web hosting service you must select for your web venture. Basically, there are two kinds of website hosting services - free-of-charge web hosting services and professional paid web hosting services. The free hosting solution is typically used by users that do not possess a business site.
Strong and weak sides of the free web hosting solution
You will not obtain a lot of options with a charge-free website hosting package. Features such as traffic, RAM memory and server disk storage space are limited and inadequate for an elaborate e-commerce site or a corporate web site, or even for a website with plenty of graphics. Moreover, there are a lot of adverts inserted on your site by the web hosting solutions provider. These advertisements take up a lot of space on your web site and are quite annoying.
Shared website hosting
The paid shared website hosting services are more reliable and offer a lot of powerful features apart from the high-quality web hosting server that will accommodate your website and its data. Still, it is important to find out which features your site demands prior to choosing your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and end up purchasing something that your web site does not demand.
Choose your web host
It is not difficult to find a hosting provider. You need to simply carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting company that answers your web site's demands. Before you make your actual decision, take a glance at the specs of the web hosting plans supplied by the hosting providers that have grasped your attention. We, for instance, are among the top web hosting distributors on the market today. The big range of hosting services and our prices are what renders us an alluring option. Yet, you must confirm what sort of hosting service you require and if the price fits your budget. Moreover, you must always remember to check the web hosting company's ToS before signing up to verify that your website is not abusing them.
Signing up for a web hosting account
Once you have determined what features are most important for your website, the next move is to sign up for an account with the web hosting services provider of your choice. You will gain all the important tools for managing your web site files and databases. With us, for instance, you will receive a Control Panel, which is comprised of domain name, web site, database and email box account management sections. You log into the hosting Control Panel using your unique user name and password, which gives you safe access to the part of the web hosting server where your web site will be located.
Uploading your website
You can either upload your website via an FTP software application or, as is with most hosting companies, via a web-based tool that is integrated within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is rather intuitive and offers features similar to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which renders file management very easy. We offer also a web site builder and a PHP-based script installation tool, which you can use to set up your web site if you have no programming expertise and are making your very first steps in web design. The online website building tool, whose name is SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of making a web site on your personal computer and then uploading it using an FTP software application or the File Manager interface.