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What is Hosting?

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If you have decided to set up your very own web site, but are not quite sure about what a web site is and are not familiar with the term "hosting", this article is dedicated to defining these concepts in simple terms.

What precisely is a web site?

A web site is an amalgamation of web pages brought together systematically. It has a unique web site address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may be comprised of only one webpage and sometimes may even have as many as 1000 pages.

What is a hosting server?

A web hosting server permits you to upload your web site onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of websites on one single web hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is held in a data center with special cooling systems, whose task is to safeguard the smooth performance of the server and all the websites accommodated on it.

To sum up, a hosting server will be truly a launch pad when the time comes for you to launch your website. It could be any type of web site - a business web site consisting of a lot of web pages, or a website, which has only a couple of web pages and which you have made simply for your mates and family members.

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

Once you have decided what sort of site you want to develop, the next step is to discover what type of web hosting service you have to pick for your Internet project. Basically, there are two kinds of website hosting services - charge-free website hosting services and professional paid web hosting services. The cost-free website hosting solution is normally utilized by users that do not own a business site.

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

You will not get a lot of features with a free-of-charge web hosting package. Features such as web traffic, RAM memory and web hosting server disk drive space are restricted and insufficient for an elaborate web shop or a business-related website, or even for a website with lots of graphics. What's more, there are a lot of advertisements embedded on your web site by the web host. These adverts occupy plenty of space on your website and are very frustrating.

Shared website hosting

The paid shared website hosting services are more stable and offer many advanced features apart from the high-powered web hosting server that will accommodate your web site and its content. Nonetheless, it is essential to know which features your website needs before selecting your web hosting package. You should not rush and end up spending cash on something that your site does not demand.

Select your hosting plans provider

It is easy to find a web hosting services provider. You need to simply conduct an online search in order to find a web hosting provider that satisfies your site's requirements. Before you make your actual choice, go through the features of the web hosting plans furnished by the hosting providers that have seized your attention. We, for example, are among the best website hosting providers on the market nowadays. The wide array of hosting services and our prices are what renders us an attractive choice. Nevertheless, you must determine what sort of web hosting service you need and whether the price matches your allowance. What is more, you must not forget to read the web hosting vendor's Terms of Use before opening an account to verify that your web site is not abusing them.

Opening a website hosting account

Once you have found out what features are optimal for your website, the next step is to open an account with the hosting packages provider of your preference. You will acquire all the essential tools for managing your web site files and databases. With us, for instance, you will obtain a hosting Control Panel, which is comprised of domain name, web site, database and mail account management areas. You log into the web hosting Control Panel using your unique username and password, which gives you secure access to the portion of the hosting server where your site will be located.

Uploading your web site

You can either upload your files through FTP client software or, as is with the majority of hosting vendors, via a web-based tool that is integrated within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is pretty user-friendly and offers features similar to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which renders file manipulation extremely easy. We offer additionally a site builder and a PHP-based script installation tool, which you can utilize to set up your web site if you have no programming expertise and are taking your very first steps in web design. The web-based site builder, whose name is SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of creating a website on your personal computer and then uploading it through an FTP client application or the File Manager interface.

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