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What is Hosting?

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If you have made a decision to launch your own personal website, but are not very sure about what a web site is and are not aware of the term "hosting", this article is dedicated to clarifying these concepts in simple words.

What exactly is a website?

A web site is an amalgamation of webpages brought together in a systematic fashion. It has a unique web address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may consist of only one single web page and sometimes may even include as many as a thousand pages.

What is a hosting server?

A hosting server enables you to upload your site onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of web sites on one single hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is situated in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to safeguard the seamless operation of the web hosting server and all the websites accommodated on it.

In short, a web hosting server will be indeed a launching pad when the time arrives for you to launch your website. It could be any kind of web site - a corporate web site containing many webpages, or a site, which is comprised of only a couple of webpages and which you have built just for your mates and relatives.

You've decided what your web site will be, now what?

Once you have made a decision about what kind of web site you want to create, the next step is to discover what kind of web hosting service you have to choose for your online endeavor. Essentially, there are two types of hosting services - free-of-cost hosting services and professional paid web hosting services. The cost-free web hosting solution is generally used by persons that do not have a business-related website.

Advantages and disadvantages of the charge-free website hosting solution

You will not get many options with a cost-free web hosting plan. Features like web traffic, memory and server hard drive space are limited and insufficient for a complex e-store or a corporate website, or even for a site with a lot of artwork. Moreover, there are lots of commercials incorporated in your web site by the web hosting provider. These ads occupy lots of space on your website and are very irritating.

Shared web hosting

The professional paid shared web hosting services tend to be more dependable and offer a lot of powerful features apart from the high-end server that will host your web site and its data. Nonetheless, it is essential to know which features your website needs prior to purchasing your web hosting package. You should not rush and wind up investing money in something that your web site does not need.

Choose your hosting accounts provider

It is not tough to find a web hosting provider. You have to simply carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting distributor that matches your website's demands. Before you take your actual choice, have a glance at the parameters of the hosting packages offered by the hosting suppliers that have seized your attention. We, for example, are among the top web hosting vendors on the marketplace as of now. The broad selection of web hosting services and our prices are what makes us an appealing choice. Even so, you must confirm what type of hosting service you need and whether the price fits your allowance. In addition, you must not forget to go through the provider's Terms & Conditions prior to subscribing to make sure that your website is not abusing them.

Opening a hosting account

Once you have found out what features are optimal for your website, the next move is to sign up for an account with the hosting accounts provider of your preference. You will receive all the essential tools for administering your files and databases. With us, for example, you will acquire a hosting Control Panel, which comprises domain, web site, database and e-mail administration sections. You log in the web hosting Control Panel using a unique username and password, which gives you safe access to the portion of the web hosting server where your site will be located.

Uploading your web site

You can either upload your web site via an FTP client or, as is with the majority of hosting companies, through an online tool that is included within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is very intuitive and offers features similar to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which makes file manipulation extremely easy. We offer additionally a website building tool and a PHP script installation tool, which you can use to set up your website if you have no programming experience and are making your very first steps in web design. The online site builder, called SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of making a website on your computer and then uploading it via FTP client software or the File Manager interface.

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