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Explanation of Hosting

If you have decided to establish your very own website, but are not quite certain about what a web site is and are not familiar with the expression "hosting", this article is devoted to explaining these notions in simple English.

What precisely is a website?

A web site is an amalgamation of web pages gathered systematically. It has a special web site address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may have just one webpage and sometimes may even consist of as many as a thousand webpages.

What is a web hosting server?

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A web hosting server permits you to upload your website onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of sites on one single web hosting server. The hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is situated in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose task is to ensure the seamless operation of the server and all the sites located on it.

To sum up, a web hosting server will be really a launch pad when the time comes for you to launch your web site. It could be any type of web site - a business site having numerous pages, or a website, which is comprised of just a few webpages and which you have developed simply for your acquaintances and relatives.

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

As soon as you have made a decision about what kind of web site you want to build, the next move is to discover what sort of web hosting service you must pick for your Internet project. Basically, there are two kinds of hosting services - charge-free hosting services and professional paid website hosting services. The cost-free hosting solution is commonly utilized by users that do not possess a business-related site.

Strong and weak sides of the free-of-cost hosting solution

You will not obtain a lot of options with a free-of-charge hosting package. Features like traffic, RAM memory and hosting server hard disk space are restricted and insufficient for a complex ecommerce website or a business-related website, or even for a web site with lots of graphics. What's more, there are a lot of commercials embedded on your web site by the web hosting supplier. These adverts occupy lots of space on your website and are rather irritating.

Shared website hosting

The professional paid shared website hosting services tend to be more reliable and include many powerful features aside from the high-end web hosting server that will host your website and its data. Nevertheless, it is essential to know which features your site needs before buying your web hosting package. You should not hurry and wind up spending money on something that your site does not need.

Choose your hosting accounts provider

It is not tough to find a hosting services provider. You need to just conduct an online survey in order to find a web hosting solutions provider that matches your site's requirements. Before you make your actual decision, take a glance at the specifications of the web hosting plans offered by the web hosting service providers that have grasped your attention. We, for example, are among the best web hosting suppliers on the marketplace now. The broad variety of web hosting solutions and our prices are what renders us an enticing option. Yet, you must verify what sort of web hosting service you require and if the price matches your budget. What is more, you must not forget to read the service provider's Terms of Service prior to opening an account to ensure that your web site is not violating them.

Opening a hosting account

As soon as you have determined what features are ideal for your website, the next move is to sign up for an account with the hosting provider of your preference. You will be given all the needed tools for handling your web site files and databases. With us, for example, you will obtain a Control Panel, which has domain name, web site, database and e-mail account management sections. You log in the Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which gives you secure access to the part of the hosting server where your web site will be located.

Uploading your site

You can either upload your web site files via an FTP client application or, as is with most web hosting vendors, via an online tool that is integrated within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is rather intuitive and offers features comparable to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which makes file manipulation extremely easy. We offer also a site builder and a PHP-powered script installer, which you can use to develop your website if you possess no programming capabilities and are taking your very first steps in web design. The web-based website builder, dubbed SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of creating a web site on your personal computer and then uploading it using an FTP client or the File Manager tool.