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What Exactly is Hosting?

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If you have decided to develop your own web site, but are not very sure about what a website is and are unfamiliar with the expression "hosting", this article is dedicated to defining these notions in plain language.

What exactly is a web site?

A website is a combination of webpages gathered in a systematic fashion. It has a special address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may include only one webpage and sometimes may even contain as many as a thousand web pages.

What is a web hosting server?

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

In brief, a web hosting server will be truly a launch pad when the time comes for you to launch your web site. It could be any type of site - a business site having a large number of pages, or a website, which has just a couple of pages and which you have built just for your associates and relatives.

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

Once you have decided what sort of site you want to create, the next step is to find out what type of web hosting service you have to select for your online endeavor. Basically, there are two sorts of web hosting services - charge-free website hosting services and paid web hosting services. The free website hosting solution is typically used by customers that do not own a business website.

Pros and cons of the free web hosting solution

You will not receive a lot of features with a free-of-cost hosting plan. Features like traffic, RAM memory and web hosting server hard disk storage space are limited and inadequate for an elaborate e-shop or a business-related site, or even for a website with lots of graphics. Moreover, there are lots of banner advertisements incorporated in your website by the hosting supplier. These adverts take up lots of space on your website and are rather embarrassing.

Shared website hosting

The professional paid shared website hosting services tend to be more dependable and include numerous powerful features aside from the high-powered web hosting server that will host your website and its files. However, it is important to know which features your web site needs prior to selecting your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and end up investing cash in something that your website does not need.

Find your web hosting provider

It is not difficult to find a web hosting accounts provider. You have to just conduct an online search in order to find a web hosting services provider that answers your web site's needs. Before you make your actual choice, examine the features of the web hosting packages offered by the web hosting companies that have caught your interest. We, for instance, are among the premier hosting suppliers on the market now. The enormous selection of web hosting solutions and our prices are what makes us an alluring option. Nevertheless, you must verify what kind of hosting service you require and whether the price fits your budget. In addition, you must always remember to read the hosting distributor's Terms of Service prior to opening an account to confirm that your website is not violating them.

Signing up for a web hosting account

Once you have determined what features are best for your website, the next move is to sign up for an account with the hosting services provider of your choosing. You will obtain all the important tools for administering your web site files and databases. With us, for instance, you will receive a Control Panel, which is comprised of domain, web site, database and e-mail box management sections. You log in the web hosting Control Panel using your unique username and password, which gives you safe access to the part of the hosting server where your site will be located.

Uploading your web site

You can either upload your site via an FTP client application or, as is with most hosting vendors, via an online tool that is included within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is quite easy to use and offers features comparable to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which renders file management exceptionally easy. We offer also a site building tool and a PHP-based script installation tool, which you can utilize to build your site if you possess no programming skills and are making your very first steps in web design. The web-based website building tool, called SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of creating a web site on your computer and then uploading it using an FTP software program or the File Manager interface.

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