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What Exactly is Hosting?

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If you have made a decision to create your very own web site, but are not very sure about what a web site is and are not aware of the phrase "hosting", this article is devoted to explaining these concepts in simple language.

What exactly is a website?

A web site is a combination of webpages brought together in a systematic fashion. It has a unique web site address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may contain just one web page and sometimes may even consist of as many as 1000 web pages.

What is a hosting server?

A web hosting server permits you to upload your web site onto it. In some instances, there might be even thousands of sites on one single hosting server. The web hosting server essentially is a computer with specific hardware, which is located in a data center with special cooling systems, whose mission is to safeguard the smooth operation of the machine and all the sites accommodated on it.

In brief, a web hosting server will be really a launching pad when the time arrives for you to launch your web site. It could be any kind of web site - a corporate web site consisting of many webpages, or a website, which consists of only a couple of pages and which you have developed simply for your comrades and relatives.

You've decided what your website will be, now what?

As soon as you have decided what kind of site you wish to develop, the next move is to find out what type of web hosting service you must choose for your web adventure. Basically, there are two types of website hosting services - free-of-cost hosting services and professional paid web hosting services. The charge-free hosting solution is normally used by customers that do not have a business-related website.

Upsides and downsides of the free-of-charge website hosting solution

You will not get many options with a cost-free hosting package. Features like traffic, RAM memory and server disk space are limited and insufficient for an elaborate e-commerce website or a business-related site, or even for a site with lots of graphics. Additionally, there are a lot of commercials inserted on your web site by the web hosting supplier. These advertisements take up plenty of space on your web site and are rather irritating.

Shared website hosting

The paid shared website hosting services tend to be more dependable and include many advanced features in addition to the high-end server that will accommodate your web site and its files. Nevertheless, it is essential to find out which features your site needs before buying your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and wind up purchasing something that your site does not need.

Choose your web hosting accounts provider

It is easy to find a hosting supplier. You have to just carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting services provider that fulfills your site's demands. Before you make your actual choice, take a glimpse at the specs of the hosting plans delivered by the hosting suppliers that have grabbed your interest. We, for instance, are among the leading web hosting companies on the marketplace these days. The big array of hosting services and our prices are what makes us an alluring choice. Nonetheless, you must determine what type of web hosting service you require and whether the price fits your budget. Furthermore, you must always remember to check the web hosting service provider's ToS before opening an account to make certain that your web site is not violating them.

Signing up for 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 solutions provider of your choice. You will receive all the needed tools for managing your web site files and databases. With us, for example, you will receive a Control Panel, which is comprised of domain name, website, database and electronic mail account administration sections. You log in the web hosting Control Panel using a unique username and password, which grants you secure access to the portion of the hosting server where your web site will be hosted.

Uploading your web site

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

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