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If you have made a decision to develop your very own site, but are not quite sure about what a website is and are unfamiliar with the phrase "hosting", this article is dedicated to clarifying these notions in simple English.
What precisely is a website?
A web site is a collection of webpages gathered systematically. It has a special web address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may include only one web page and sometimes may even contain as many as one thousand pages.
What is a web hosting server?
A hosting server permits you to upload your web site onto it. In some instances, there might be even 1000's of sites on one single hosting server. The web hosting server essentially is a computer with special hardware, which is situated in a data center with special cooling systems, whose task is to ensure the smooth operation of the server and all the websites located on it.
To summarize, a web hosting server will be indeed a launching pad when the time comes for you to launch your web site. It could be any kind of website - a business website consisting of a huge number of webpages, or a website, which has only a couple of webpages and which you have built simply for your buddies and relatives.
You've decided what your website will be, now what?
As soon as you have decided what type of website you wish to set up, the next move is to discover what type of web hosting service you must choose for your Internet endeavor. Essentially, there are two kinds of hosting services - free-of-cost web hosting services and professional paid hosting services. The free-of-cost web hosting solution is commonly utilized by individuals that do not possess a business website.
Strengths and weaknesses of the charge-free website hosting solution
You will not obtain a lot of features with a free-of-charge website hosting package. Features like web traffic, RAM memory and hosting space are limited and insufficient for an elaborate e-store or a business website, or even for a site with lots of graphics. Additionally, there are a lot of advertisements incorporated in your web site by the web hosting distributor. These adverts occupy lots of space on your site and are rather irritating.
The paid shared hosting services tend to be more dependable and offer lots of powerful features in addition to the high-powered web hosting server that will accommodate your web site and its data. Yet, it is important to find out which features your site demands before selecting your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and wind up buying something that your site does not need.
Select your web hosting accounts provider
It is easy to find a hosting distributor. You need to just conduct an online search in order to find a web hosting company that matches your web site's demands. Before you take your actual choice, take a look at the specs of the packages supplied by the web hosting providers that have got your interest. We, for instance, are among the top web hosting vendors on the marketplace at present. The big variety of web hosting services and our prices are what renders us an attractive option. Still, you must determine what type of hosting service you need and if the price corresponds to your budget. In addition, you must always remember to check the hosting provider's ToS prior to subscribing to confirm that your web site is not violating them.
Signing up for a website hosting account
As soon as you have determined what features are best for your site, the next step is to sign up for an account with the web hosting services provider of your choosing. You will obtain all the essential tools for managing your files and databases. With us, for example, you will receive a web hosting Control Panel, which includes domain, web site, database and e-mail management areas. You log into the web hosting Control Panel using your unique user name and password, which gives you secure access to the portion of the server where your site will be located.
Uploading your website
You can either upload your website via an FTP program or, as is with the majority of hosting vendors, through a web-based tool that is integrated within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is rather easy to use and offers features comparable to those found in Windows Explorer, which makes file manipulation very easy. We offer also a website builder and a PHP-based script installation tool, which you can use to create your site if you have no programming skills and are making your first steps in web design. The web-based website building tool, called SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of making a web site on your personal computer and then uploading it using an FTP client application or the File Manager tool.