What is Hosting?
If you have decided to establish your own personal web site, but are not quite certain about what a website is and are unfamiliar with the expression "hosting", this article is dedicated to clarifying these concepts in plain terms.
What precisely is a website?
A website is a combination of web pages brought together in a systematic fashion. It has a unique web address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may consist of just one web page and sometimes may even contain as many as one thousand web pages.
What is a web hosting server?
A web hosting server enables you to upload your website onto it. In some cases, there might be even thousands of websites on one single web hosting server. The hosting server essentially is a computer with special hardware, which is physically located in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to safeguard the smooth performance of the machine and all the sites located on it.
To summarize, a hosting server will be truly a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your website. It could be any kind of web site - a business website containing many webpages, or a site, which includes just several pages and which you have created just for your pals and relatives.
You've decided what your web site will be, now what?
As soon as you have decided what kind of site you desire to establish, the next step is to discover what sort of web hosting service you must select for your online adventure. Essentially, there are two sorts of hosting services - free-of-charge website hosting services and paid hosting services. The charge-free web hosting solution is typically utilized by users that do not possess a business-related web site.
Strengths and weaknesses of the charge-free hosting solution
You will not get a lot of features with a free-of-charge website hosting plan. Features like web traffic, memory and web server disk storage space are restricted and insufficient for a complex web shop or a corporate web site, or even for a web site with a lot of graphics. Also, there are lots of banner advertisements put on your web site by the web hosting plans provider. These advertisements occupy plenty of space on your website and are rather frustrating.
Shared web hosting
The paid shared web hosting services tend to be more reliable and offer a lot of advanced features apart from the high-powered web hosting server that will accommodate your site and its data. Even so, it is important to know which features your website needs prior to selecting your web hosting package. You should not hurry and wind up investing money in something that your web site does not need.
Pick your hosting distributor
It is not hard to find a hosting vendor. You need to simply conduct an online search in order to find a web hosting solutions provider that fulfills your website's needs. Before you make your actual decision, have a gaze at the features of the web hosting plans delivered by the hosting distributors that have made you an impression. We, for instance, are among the best hosting service providers on the marketplace as of now. The enormous assortment of services and our prices are what makes us an attractive option. However, you must determine what sort of hosting service you require and whether the price fits your allowance. Moreover, you must not forget to double-check the hosting vendor's TOS before subscribing to make sure that your site is not abusing them.
Signing up for a web hosting account
As soon as you have determined what features are most important for your site, the next move is to open an account with the web hosting packages provider of your preference. You will be given all the needed tools for handling your web site files and databases. With us, for instance, you will receive a Control Panel, which comprises domain, website, database and email account administration areas. You log in the hosting Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which gives you secure access to the part of the hosting server where your website will be located.
Uploading your site
You can either upload your web files through an FTP software program or, as is with the majority of web hosting vendors, via a web-based tool that is integrated within the hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is extremely intuitive and offers features similar to those found in Windows Explorer, which makes file management exceptionally easy. We offer also a web site building tool and a PHP-based script installer, which you can use to create your web site if you have no programming experience and are making your very first steps in web design. The online web site building tool, called SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of creating a web site on your personal computer and then uploading it via an FTP client or the File Manager interface.
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