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If you have decided to establish your own site, but are not quite certain about what a website is and are not aware of the term "hosting", this article is devoted to clarifying these notions in plain language.
What exactly is a website?
A web site is a combination of web pages brought together in a systematic fashion. It has a unique web site address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may consist of just one web page and sometimes may even be comprised of as many as 1000 pages.
What is a hosting server?
A hosting server permits you to upload your website onto it. In some instances, there might be even 1000's of web sites on a single hosting server. The hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is housed in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to safeguard the smooth performance of the hosting server and all the websites located on it.
To sum up, a web hosting server will be indeed a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your website. It could be any kind of website - a business web site having a large number of web pages, or a website, which contains just a couple of pages and which you have created just for your comrades and family members.
You've made a decision about what your web site will be, now what?
Once you have decided what kind of site you want to establish, the next move is to find out what sort of web hosting service you must pick for your online endeavor. Basically, there are two types of website hosting services - charge-free website hosting services and paid website hosting services. The cost-free website hosting solution is typically used by persons that do not have a business-related website.
Strengths and weaknesses of the free-of-cost website hosting solution
You will not get plenty of features with a free website hosting package. Features like traffic, RAM memory and web server disk drive storage space are limited and insufficient for a complex online store or a business-related site, or even for a website with a lot of artwork. Additionally, there are a lot of commercials embedded on your web site by the web hosting provider. These advertisements occupy a lot of space on your web site and are extremely embarrassing.
Shared website hosting
The paid shared website hosting services tend to be more reliable and include many advanced features in addition to the high-powered hosting server that will host your website and its files. Still, it is essential to find out which features your website demands prior to purchasing your web hosting package. You should not rush and end up investing cash in something that your website does not demand.
Find your web host
It is not difficult to find a web hosting solutions provider. You have to simply carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting provider that satisfies your web site's needs. Before you make your actual choice, have a look at the specs of the web hosting packages furnished by the hosting service providers that have impressed you. We, for example, are among the best website hosting providers on the marketplace at the moment. The large variety of web hosting solutions and our prices are what makes us an enticing option. Yet, you must determine what sort of web hosting service you require and whether the price suits your allowance. In addition, you must not forget to double-check the hosting distributor's ToS prior to registering to make sure that your web site is not abusing them.
Signing up for a website hosting account
Once you have found out what features are most important for your site, the next move is to open an account with the hosting supplier of your preference. You will be given all the important tools for managing your files and databases. With us, for instance, you will acquire a web hosting Control Panel, which consists of domain, website, database and email account administration areas. You log in the Control Panel using a unique username and password, which gives you secure access to the portion of the hosting server where your web site will be located.
Uploading your site
You can either upload your web site files through an FTP client or, as is with the majority of web hosting distributors, via a web-based tool that is included within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is quite user-friendly and offers features comparable to those found in Windows Explorer, which renders file manipulation extremely easy. We offer additionally a site building tool and a PHP-based script installation tool, which you can utilize to build your website if you have no programming expertise and are taking your first steps in web design. The online site builder, dubbed SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of making a website on your computer and then uploading it through an FTP client or the File Manager tool.