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If you have made a decision to launch your own personal web site, but are not quite sure about what a web site is and are unfamiliar with the phrase "shared hosting", this article is devoted to defining these concepts in simple words.

What exactly is a website?

A website is an amalgamation of webpages assembled in a systematic fashion. It has a special address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may contain only one webpage and sometimes may even include as many as one thousand webpages.

What is a hosting server?

A hosting server enables you to upload your web site onto it. In some instances, there might be even thousands of sites on a single hosting server. The hosting server essentially is a computer with special hardware, which is held in a data center with special cooling systems, whose mission is to safeguard the seamless operation of the hosting server and all the web sites hosted on it.

In brief, a web hosting server will be really a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your web site. It could be any type of web site - a corporate site having a huge number of webpages, or a web site, which contains just several web pages and which you have made just for your buddies and family members.

You've reached a decision about what your web site will be, now what?

As soon as you have reached a decision about what type of site you desire to create, the next move is to find out what type of web hosting service you must choose for your Internet adventure. Essentially, there are two kinds of web hosting services - cost-free web hosting services and paid website hosting services. The cost-free web hosting solution is generally used by users that do not own a business website.

Positive and negative aspects of the free-of-charge hosting solution

You will not get lots of features with a free-of-charge website hosting package. Features such as traffic, memory and server hard disk storage space are limited and insufficient for a complex e-shop or a business-related web site, or even for a website with plenty of graphics. Additionally, there are lots of commercials embedded on your web site by the hosting solutions provider. These ads take up a lot of space on your web site and are very annoying.

Shared website hosting

The paid shared website hosting services tend to be more dependable and offer many sophisticated features in addition to the high-end web hosting server that will accommodate your site and its content. Yet, it is important to find out which features your web site demands prior to purchasing your web hosting package. You should not hurry and end up paying for something that your website does not require.

Find your hosting services provider

It is not difficult to find a hosting packages provider. You have to just conduct an online search in order to find a web hosting supplier that answers your website's needs. Before you make your actual choice, have a look at the features of the plans provided by the hosting companies that have caught your attention. We, for instance, are among the top-notch web hosting vendors on the market now. The large assortment of hosting solutions and our prices are what makes us an appealing choice. Nonetheless, you must ascertain what kind of hosting solution you need and if the price matches your allowance. What is more, you must always remember to double-check the provider's ToS prior to subscribing to verify that your site is not abusing them.

Signing up for a website hosting account

Once you have found out what features are optimal for your site, the next move is to sign up for an account with the web hosting provider of your choosing. You will have all the needed tools for administering your website files and databases. With us, for instance, you will receive a hosting Control Panel, which is comprised of domain name, website, database and e-mail management areas. You log into the web hosting Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which grants you safe access to the part of the web hosting server where your site will be hosted.

Uploading your web site

You can either upload your web site through an FTP program or, as is with most web hosting providers, through a web-based tool that is included within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is pretty easy to use and offers features similar to those found in Windows Explorer, which makes file management extremely easy. We offer additionally a site building tool and a PHP script installation tool, which you can use to develop your web site if you possess no programming abilities and are taking your very first steps in web design. The online site building tool, dubbed SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of creating a website on your personal computer and then uploading it via an FTP client application or the File Manager interface.

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