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What Precisely is Hosting?

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If you have made a decision to set up your very own personal web site, but are not very certain about what a website is and are unfamiliar with the term "hosting", this article is devoted to defining these concepts in plain English.

What precisely is a web site?

A website is a collection of web pages assembled systematically. It has a unique website address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may be comprised of only one single web page and sometimes may even contain as many as one thousand pages.

What is a web hosting server?

A hosting server permits you to upload your site onto it. In some instances, there might be even thousands of websites on one single hosting server. The hosting server essentially is a computer with special hardware, which is held in a datacenter with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to ensure the smooth operation of the web hosting server and all the sites located on it.

To sum up, a web hosting server will be truly a launching pad when the time comes for you to launch your site. It could be any type of website - a corporate site consisting of a huge number of pages, or a web site, which has only a few web pages and which you have developed just for your associates and relatives.

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

Once you have reached a decision about what sort of web site you desire to set up, the next step is to find out what type of web hosting service you must select for your web project. Essentially, there are two types of website hosting services - free website hosting services and professional paid web hosting services. The free-of-charge hosting solution is usually used by users that do not own a business-related website.

Pros and cons of the free-of-charge website hosting solution

You will not get a lot of options with a free-of-cost website hosting plan. Features like web traffic, RAM memory and web hosting space are limited and insufficient for a complex online shop or a business-related website, or even for a website with a lot of artwork. Also, there are a lot of banner advertisements put on your web site by the hosting company. These ads take up lots of space on your site and are quite embarrassing.

Shared web hosting

The paid shared web hosting services are more reliable and include plenty of advanced features in addition to the high-end hosting server that will accommodate your website and its content. In spite of that, it is essential to find out which features your site needs prior to choosing your web hosting package. You should not rush and wind up spending money on something that your web site does not require.

Select your hosting packages provider

It is easy to find a web hosting vendor. You need to just conduct an online search in order to find a web hosting solutions provider that fulfills your web site's demands. Before you make your actual decision, check the specifications of the hosting plans offered by the web hosting providers that have caught your eye. We, for instance, are among the premier hosting vendors on the market at present. The extensive selection of services and our prices are what renders us an enticing choice. Nonetheless, you must establish what type of hosting solution you require and if the price corresponds to your allowance. Furthermore, you must not forget to explore the provider's Terms of Use before opening an account to confirm that your website is not violating them.

Signing up for a website hosting account

As soon as you have found out what features are optimal for your web site, the next step is to open an account with the web hosting packages provider of your choosing. You will be bestowed with all the necessary tools for administering your web site files and databases. With us, for instance, you will acquire a hosting Control Panel, which includes domain, website, database and e-mail administration sections. You log into the web hosting Control Panel using your unique username and password, which grants you safe access to the part of the server where your website will be located.

Uploading your site

You can either upload your website files through FTP client software or, as is with most web hosting suppliers, via an online tool that is included within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is rather intuitive and offers features comparable to those found in Windows Explorer, which renders file manipulation extremely easy. We offer also a web site builder and a PHP-powered script installation tool, which you can utilize to build your website if you possess no programming knowledge and are taking your first steps in web design. The online web site builder, called SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of creating a web site on your personal computer and then uploading it through an FTP program or the File Manager tool.

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