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What is Web Hosting?

If you have decided to develop your own personal website, but are not quite certain about what a website is and are not aware of the phrase "web hosting", this article is dedicated to explaining these notions in simple language.

What precisely is a web site?

A web site is an amalgamation of webpages gathered in a systematic fashion. It has a unique web site address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may contain just one webpage and sometimes may even include as many as a thousand pages.

What is a hosting server?

A web hosting server enables you to upload your web site onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of web sites on a single hosting server. The hosting server essentially is a computer with special hardware, which is placed in a data center facility with special cooling systems, whose mission is to ensure the seamless operation of the server and all the sites located on it.

In brief, a hosting server will be truly a launching pad when the time comes for you to launch your site. It could be any sort of site - a corporate web site consisting of lots of webpages, or a site, which has just a couple of pages and which you have made just for your chums and relatives.

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

As soon as you have reached a decision about what type of web site you desire to develop, the next step is to find out what kind of web hosting service you must pick for your web adventure. Essentially, there are two kinds of hosting services - charge-free hosting services and professional paid website hosting services. The cost-free hosting solution is ordinarily utilized by users that do not have a business website.

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

You will not obtain many features with a free hosting plan. Features like bandwidth, RAM memory and web storage space are limited and inadequate for a complex Internet shop or a business-related web site, or even for a website with plenty of graphics. In addition, there are lots of banner ads embedded on your website by the hosting vendor. These advertisements occupy plenty of space on your website and are very irritating.

Shared website hosting

The paid shared website hosting services tend to be more stable and offer many sophisticated features apart from the high-power hosting server that will accommodate your site and its data. In spite of that, it is essential to know which features your website needs prior to selecting your web hosting package. You should not hurry and wind up spending cash on something that your site does not demand.

Choose your web host

It is not hard to find a web hosting accounts provider. You have to simply conduct an online survey in order to find a web hosting vendor that matches your site's demands. Before you take your actual choice, check the parameters of the hosting packages provided by the hosting providers that have seized your attention. We, for example, are among the top web hosting companies on the market these days. The enormous range of web hosting solutions and our prices are what makes us an alluring choice. Yet, you must establish what kind of hosting service you require and whether the price fits your allowance. Furthermore, you must always remember to explore the web hosting provider's ToS before signing up to make certain that your site is not abusing them.

Signing up for a website 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 web hosting services provider of your preference. You will obtain all the necessary tools for handling your web site files and databases. With us, for example, you will get a hosting Control Panel, which is comprised of domain name, web site, database and e-mailbox management areas. You log in the Control Panel using your unique username and password, which grants you safe access to the portion of the web hosting server where your website will be located.

Uploading your website

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