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If you have decided to launch your very own personal web site, but are not quite sure about what a website is and are not aware of the phrase "hosting", this article is dedicated to clarifying these concepts in plain language.
What precisely is a web site?
A web site is a combination of webpages gathered systematically. It has a special web site address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may have just one single web page and sometimes may even contain as many as a thousand web pages.
What is a web hosting server?
A web hosting server permits you to upload your site onto it. In some instances, there might be even thousands of web sites on a single hosting server. The web hosting server essentially is a computer with special hardware, which is stored in a data center with special cooling systems, whose mission is to safeguard the smooth operation of the server and all the sites accommodated on it.
To sum up, a web hosting server will be indeed a launch pad when the time comes for you to launch your website. It could be any kind of site - a corporate web site consisting of a large number of pages, or a site, which contains only a few webpages and which you have made just for your acquaintances and relatives.
You've decided what your web site will be, now what?
Once you have decided what kind of web site you want to establish, the next step is to discover what sort of web hosting service you have to pick for your Internet endeavor. Basically, there are two sorts of website hosting services - free hosting services and professional paid website hosting services. The free-of-cost hosting solution is usually utilized by users that do not own a business-related website.
Pluses and minuses of the free-of-cost hosting solution
You will not receive plenty of options with a charge-free hosting package. Features like bandwidth, memory and disk drive space are limited and inadequate for a complex online shop or a corporate website, or even for a site with a lot of graphics. What's more, there are lots of banner adverts inserted on your web site by the web hosting vendor. These ads occupy a lot of space on your website and are extremely embarrassing.
Shared website hosting
The professional paid shared website hosting services are more reliable and offer lots of sophisticated features in addition to the high-power hosting server that will host your website and its files. However, it is essential to know which features your site demands prior to choosing your web hosting package. You should not hurry and end up investing cash in something that your web site does not require.
Find your hosting vendor
It is not difficult to find a web hosting solutions provider. You have to just carry out an online search in order to find a web hosting provider that satisfies your website's needs. Before you take your actual decision, take a glimpse at the specifications of the hosting plans furnished by the web hosting companies that have caught your eye. We, for instance, are among the top hosting service providers on the market now. The extensive selection of web hosting services and our prices are what renders us an alluring option. Nevertheless, you must determine what sort of hosting solution you require and whether the price fits your allowance. Also, you must always remember to explore the hosting company's Terms & Conditions prior to opening an account to make sure that your site is not abusing them.
Opening a hosting account
Once you have determined what features are best for your web site, the next move is to sign up for an account with the hosting company of your choice. You will have all the necessary tools for handling your website files and databases. With us, for example, you will receive a hosting Control Panel, which is comprised of domain name, website, database and mailbox administration areas. You log into the web hosting Control Panel using your unique username and password, which gives you secure access to the part of the server where your site will be hosted.
Uploading your web site
You can either upload your web site via an FTP software application or, as is with most web hosting service providers, through an online tool that is integrated within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is pretty user-friendly and offers features comparable to those found in Windows Explorer, which makes file management extremely easy. We offer also a web site building tool and a PHP-powered script installer, which you can utilize to develop your website if you possess no programming experience and are making your first steps in web design. The online site builder, whose name is SiteStudio, will also spare 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.