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What Indeed is Web Hosting

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If you have made a decision to make your very own website, but are not very certain about what a web site is and are not familiar with the expression "web hosting", this article is dedicated to explaining these concepts in plain terms.

What exactly is a web site?

A website is a collection of web pages gathered in a systematic fashion. It has a unique web address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may include just one web page and sometimes may even consist of as many as a 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 web sites on a single hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is kept in a datacenter with special cooling systems, whose task is to ensure the seamless performance of the machine and all the web sites hosted on it.

In brief, a hosting server will be really a launching pad when the time arrives for you to launch your website. It could be any type of website - a corporate web site having a huge number of web pages, or a site, which is comprised of just several web pages and which you have created simply for your pals and relatives.

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

As soon as you have made a decision about what type of site you want to establish, the next move is to find out what kind of web hosting service you must pick for your online venture. Basically, there are two kinds of web hosting services - free-of-cost website hosting services and professional paid website hosting services. The free-of-cost web hosting solution is typically used by clients that do not own a business site.

Pros and cons of the free web hosting solution

You will not get a lot of options with a free-of-cost website hosting package. Features like bandwidth, memory and web server space are limited and insufficient for an elaborate Internet shop or a business web site, or even for a site with a lot of artwork. Also, there are a lot of banners inserted on your website by the web hosting supplier. These ads occupy plenty of space on your site and are pretty annoying.

Shared website hosting

The paid shared website hosting services are more reliable and offer many sophisticated features in addition to the high-quality hosting server that will accommodate your website and its files. In spite of that, it is important to find out which features your site needs prior to purchasing your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and end up investing cash in something that your site does not need.

Select your hosting provider

It is not hard to find a hosting distributor. You have to simply carry out an online search in order to find a web hosting distributor that fulfills your site's demands. Before you take your actual choice, take a look at the specifications of the plans delivered by the web hosting providers that have attracted your attention. We, for instance, are among the best web hosting vendors on the market these days. The extensive range of hosting services and our prices are what makes us an attractive choice. In spite of that, you must ascertain what sort of hosting solution you need and whether the price fits your budget. In addition, you must always remember to explore the hosting service provider's ToS prior to registering to make certain that your web site is not abusing them.

Opening a website hosting account

Once you have found out what features are ideal for your web site, the next move is to open an account with the hosting company of your choice. You will receive all the needed tools for handling your web site files and databases. With us, for example, you will obtain a hosting Control Panel, which comprises domain name, website, database and electronic mail account management sections. You log into the hosting Control Panel using your unique user name and password, which grants you secure access to the part of the server where your website will be located.

Uploading your website

You can either upload your files via an FTP software application or, as is with the majority of hosting providers, through a web-based tool that is integrated within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is quite user-friendly and offers features comparable to those found in Windows Explorer, which renders file management very easy. We offer additionally a web site building tool and a PHP-driven script installation tool, which you can use to set up your website if you possess no programming skills and are making your very first steps in web design. The online site building tool, whose name is SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of making a web site on your personal computer and then uploading it using an FTP software program or the File Manager tool.

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