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What is Web Hosting?
If you have made a decision to set up your very own personal website, but are not very sure about what a website is and are unfamiliar with the phrase "web hosting", this article is devoted to clarifying these concepts in plain terms.
What exactly is a web site?
A website is a combination of webpages brought together in a systematic fashion. It has a special web address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may have just one single webpage and sometimes may even have as many as 1000 webpages.
What is a web hosting server?
A hosting server permits you to upload your site onto it. In some instances, there might be even 1000's of websites on a single web hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is physically located in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose task is to safeguard the smooth functioning of the server and all the web sites located on it.
In short, a hosting server will be truly a launching pad when the time comes for you to launch your site. It could be any type of site - a corporate site containing multiple pages, or a website, which is comprised of just a few webpages and which you have made just for your acquaintances and relatives.
You've reached a decision about what your web site will be, now what?
Once you have made a decision about what kind of website you desire to develop, the next step is to discover what kind of web hosting service you must pick for your Internet adventure. Basically, there are two kinds of website hosting services - cost-free website hosting services and professional paid web hosting services. The free-of-charge website hosting solution is generally utilized by users that do not possess a business website.
Upsides and downsides of the charge-free website hosting solution
You will not receive plenty of features with a cost-free website hosting package. Features such as web traffic, memory and disk space are restricted and inadequate for a complex ecommerce website or a business site, or even for a website with a lot of artwork. Additionally, there are a lot of banner commercials inserted on your web site by the web hosting supplier. These ads take up plenty of space on your web site and are pretty embarrassing.
The professional paid shared hosting services are more reliable and offer plenty of sophisticated features beside the high-powered server that will host your site and its content. Nonetheless, it is important to find out which features your site needs before buying your web hosting package. You should not hurry and end up spending money on something that your website does not demand.
Select your hosting supplier
It is easy to find a web hosting vendor. You have to simply conduct an online search in order to find a web hosting supplier that matches your web site's demands. Before you take your actual choice, take a glance at the specs of the web hosting packages supplied by the web hosting suppliers that have impressed you. We, for example, are among the top-notch hosting vendors on the marketplace these days. The immense range of web hosting services and our prices are what makes us an alluring choice. Nonetheless, you must establish what type of web hosting service you require and if the price fits your budget. Also, you must always remember to explore the hosting service provider's TOS before registering to confirm that your web site is not abusing them.
Signing up for a hosting account
As soon as you have found out what features are ideal for your site, the next step is to sign up for an account with the hosting vendor of your preference. You will be given all the important tools for handling your website files and databases. With us, for example, you will obtain a web hosting Control Panel, which includes domain name, website, database and email mailbox management areas. You log in the Control Panel using a unique username and password, which grants you safe access to the part of the web hosting server where your web site will be hosted.
Uploading your website
You can either upload your site via an FTP client or, as is with most hosting companies, through an online tool that is included within the hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is quite intuitive and offers features comparable to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which makes file manipulation very easy. We offer also a site builder and a PHP script installer, which you can utilize to develop your web site if you possess no programming capabilities and are taking your first steps in web design. The web-based website building tool, whose name is SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of creating a website on your PC and then uploading it through FTP client software or the File Manager tool.