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If you have made a decision to create your own site, but are not very sure about what a website is and are unfamiliar with the phrase "hosting", this article is devoted to clarifying these concepts in simple English.
What exactly is a website?
A web site is a combination of webpages gathered systematically. It has a unique address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may consist of just one web page and sometimes may even be comprised of as many as a thousand web pages.
What is a hosting server?
A web hosting server enables you to upload your website onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of web sites on a single web hosting server. The web hosting server essentially is a computer with special hardware, which is kept in a datacenter with special cooling systems, whose mission is to safeguard the smooth functioning of the hosting server and all the web sites accommodated on it.
In short, a web hosting server will be indeed a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your site. It could be any type of web site - a corporate site having multiple pages, or a website, which includes only a couple of pages and which you have made just for your buddies and relatives.
You've made a decision about what your web site will be, now what?
As soon as you have decided what type of website you desire to develop, the next move is to discover what kind of web hosting service you have to pick for your online venture. Basically, there are two kinds of web hosting services - free-of-cost website hosting services and professional paid website hosting services. The charge-free web hosting solution is usually used by persons that do not possess a business-related website.
Advantages and disadvantages of the free web hosting solution
You will not obtain plenty of options with a free-of-cost hosting package. Features such as traffic, RAM memory and hosting server disk storage space are restricted and insufficient for a complex e-store or a corporate site, or even for a web site with a lot of graphics. In addition, there are a lot of banner ads incorporated in your site by the web hosting packages provider. These advertisements occupy a lot of space on your website and are very frustrating.
Shared web hosting
The professional paid shared web hosting services are more reliable and offer numerous sophisticated features aside from the high-end server that will accommodate your site and its content. Nonetheless, it is important to find out which features your site demands before choosing your web hosting plan. You should not rush and end up paying for something that your website does not require.
Choose your hosting services provider
It is not hard to find a hosting provider. You need to simply carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting company that answers your site's requirements. Before you take your actual decision, have a peek at the features of the plans provided by the hosting service providers that have caught your attention. We, for instance, are among the premier web hosting providers on the market now. The extensive variety of services and our prices are what makes us an appealing option. However, you must establish what type of hosting solution you require and if the price matches your allowance. Also, you must not forget to take a look at the web hosting supplier's ToS prior to opening an account to make certain that your website is not violating them.
Opening a website hosting account
Once you have determined what features are ideal for your web site, the next move is to open an account with the hosting vendor of your choosing. You will be given all the important tools for handling your files and databases. With us, for instance, you will acquire a hosting Control Panel, which consists of domain, website, database and e-mail box management areas. You log into the Control Panel using your unique username and password, which gives you safe access to the portion of the web hosting server where your web site will be hosted.
Uploading your web site
You can either upload your website via an FTP program or, as is with most web hosting service providers, through an online tool that is integrated within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is quite user-friendly and offers features similar to those found in Windows Explorer, which makes file manipulation extremely easy. We offer additionally a website building tool and a PHP script installation tool, which you can use to set up your site if you have no programming abilities and are making your very 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 computer and then uploading it using FTP or the File Manager tool.