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What is Web Hosting?

If you have decided to build your own personal website, but are not quite certain about what a website is and are not aware of the term "web hosting", this article is dedicated to clarifying these concepts in plain language.

What exactly is a website?

A web site is a combination of webpages gathered in a systematic fashion. It has a special web address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may consist of just one web page and sometimes may even have as many as 1000 webpages.

What is a hosting server?

A web hosting server permits you to upload your web site onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of websites on one single web hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is kept in a data center facility with special cooling systems, whose task is to ensure the smooth performance of the web hosting server and all the sites hosted on it.

In short, a hosting server will be really a launching pad when the time arrives for you to launch your site. It could be any kind of website - a business web site having numerous web pages, or a site, which contains only a couple of webpages and which you have set up just for your pals and family members.

You've reached a decision about what your web site will be, now what?

As soon as you have reached a decision about what sort of site you desire to develop, the next move is to discover what sort of web hosting service you have to pick for your online adventure. Essentially, there are two kinds of website hosting services - cost-free website hosting services and paid website hosting services. The free-of-charge website hosting solution is typically used by individuals that do not have a business site.

Positive and negative sides of the free web hosting solution

You will not get lots of options with a free-of-charge hosting plan. Features like bandwidth, memory and storage space are limited and inadequate for an elaborate e-commerce website or a business website, or even for a website with a lot of artwork. What's more, there are lots of ads put on your site by the web hosting solutions provider. These adverts take up lots of space on your web site and are pretty irritating.

Shared hosting

The professional paid shared hosting services tend to be more stable and offer lots of sophisticated features apart from the high-quality hosting server that will host your website and its data. Nevertheless, it is essential to find out which features your website needs before choosing your web hosting plan. You should not rush and wind up investing money in something that your site does not demand.

Choose your web hosting solutions provider

It is not difficult to find a hosting services provider. You need to simply carry out an online search in order to find a web hosting supplier that fulfills your website's demands. Before you make your actual decision, take a glance at the parameters of the hosting packages provided by the web hosting suppliers that have grabbed your interest. We, for instance, are among the leading hosting vendors on the market at the moment. The large range of web hosting services and our prices are what makes us an alluring option. In spite of that, you must confirm what sort of web hosting solution you require and if the price fits your allowance. Additionally, you must always remember to explore the service provider's TOS prior to signing up to confirm that your site is not abusing them.

Signing up for a web hosting account

Once you have found out what features are ideal for your website, the next step is to open an account with the hosting solutions provider of your choosing. You will gain all the needed tools for administering your web site files and databases. With us, for instance, you will receive a hosting Control Panel, which comprises domain name, web site, database and e-mailbox management areas. You log into the hosting Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which grants you secure access to the part of the server where your web site will be hosted.

Uploading your website

You can either upload your website files via FTP client software or, as is with most web hosting providers, via a web-based tool that is included within the hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is pretty user-friendly and offers features comparable to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which renders file management exceptionally easy. We offer additionally a web site building tool and a PHP-based script installer, which you can utilize to create your web site if you have no programming knowledge and are making your first steps in web design. The web-based site building tool, dubbed SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of making a web site on your computer and then uploading it via an FTP client application or the File Manager tool.