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What Does Website Hosting Mean?

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If you have made a decision to develop your own personal website, but are not quite certain about what a web site is and are not familiar with the term "website hosting", this article is devoted to explaining these concepts in simple terms.

What precisely is a web site?

A web site is a collection of webpages gathered in a systematic fashion. It has a special address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may consist of only one single webpage and sometimes may even contain as many as a thousand web pages.

What is a web hosting server?

A hosting server permits you to upload your website onto it. In some cases, there might be even thousands of websites on a single hosting server. The hosting server essentially is a computer with special hardware, which is located in a data center with special cooling systems, whose mission is to ensure the seamless functioning of the web hosting server and all the websites located on it.

To summarize, a hosting server will be really a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your website. It could be any sort of site - a business site containing a huge number of pages, or a web site, which includes just a couple of web pages and which you have developed just for your chums and relatives.

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

As soon as you have reached a decision about what type of website you want to build, the next step is to find out what type of web hosting service you must select for your web endeavor. Essentially, there are two kinds of web hosting services - free-of-cost website hosting services and professional paid website hosting services. The cost-free hosting solution is normally used by clients that do not possess a business site.

Strengths and weaknesses of the free-of-cost website hosting solution

You will not obtain a lot of features with a free-of-charge website hosting plan. Features like bandwidth, RAM memory and web hosting server hard disk space are restricted and inadequate for an elaborate e-shop or a business-related website, or even for a web site with plenty of graphics. Besides, there are a lot of banner adverts incorporated in your site by the web hosting supplier. These adverts take up lots of space on your web site and are rather irritating.

Shared website hosting

The professional paid shared website hosting services are more stable and offer lots of sophisticated features apart from the high-end hosting server that will host your site and its files. Nonetheless, it is important to find out which features your site needs before choosing your web hosting package. You should not hurry and wind up paying for something that your site does not demand.

Pick your hosting provider

It is not tough to find a hosting services provider. You need to simply carry out an online search in order to find a web hosting distributor that answers your website's demands. Before you make your actual choice, go through the specs of the web hosting packages furnished by the hosting companies that have attracted your interest. We, for example, are among the best web hosting providers on the market now. The enormous assortment of hosting services and our prices are what renders us an alluring choice. Nonetheless, you must ascertain what sort of hosting service you require and if the price fits your allowance. Besides, you must always remember to explore the hosting vendor's ToS prior to opening an account to make certain that your site is not violating them.

Opening a website hosting account

Once you have determined what features are best for your website, the next move is to sign up for an account with the hosting vendor of your choosing. You will be given all the important tools for managing your files and databases. With us, for example, you will receive a hosting Control Panel, which comprises domain name, web site, database and email mailbox management areas. You log in the web hosting Control Panel using your unique username and password, which gives you safe access to the portion of the hosting server where your web site will be located.

Uploading your website

You can either upload your files via FTP or, as is with most web hosting vendors, through a web-based tool that is included within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is very user-friendly and offers features comparable to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which renders file manipulation exceptionally easy. We offer additionally a site builder and a PHP-driven script installer, which you can utilize to build your web site if you have no programming expertise and are making your very first steps in web design. The web-based website builder, whose name is SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of creating a website on your computer and then uploading it using an FTP program or the File Manager interface.

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