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What Precisely is Hosting?

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

What precisely is a web site?

A web site is a combination of webpages brought together systematically. It has a special web address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may have only one web page and sometimes may even include as many as a thousand pages.

What is a web hosting server?

A hosting server permits you to upload your web site onto it. In some cases, there might be even thousands of sites on a single hosting server. The hosting server essentially is a computer with specific hardware, which is housed in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to ensure the smooth functioning of the server and all the websites located on it.

In short, a web hosting server will be really a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your site. It could be any kind of site - a business website containing multiple pages, or a web site, which contains only a few pages and which you have made simply for your friends and family members.

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

Once you have reached a decision about what kind of web site you want to make, the next move is to discover what kind of web hosting service you must select for your online adventure. Basically, there are two kinds of web hosting services - charge-free website hosting services and professional paid web hosting services. The free website hosting solution is commonly used by customers that do not own a business website.

Upsides and downsides of the free website hosting solution

You will not get lots of options with a free hosting package. Features like bandwidth, RAM memory and web storage space are limited and inadequate for a complex online store or a business-related website, or even for a site with plenty of graphics. What's more, there are a lot of advertisements placed on your site by the hosting provider. These advertisements occupy plenty of space on your web site and are extremely frustrating.

Shared hosting

The paid shared hosting services tend to be more dependable and include a lot of powerful features apart from the high-quality web hosting server that will accommodate your site and its content. Still, it is essential to know which features your web site needs prior to selecting your web hosting package. You should not rush and end up investing in something that your website does not demand.

Pick your hosting accounts provider

It is not difficult to find a web hosting vendor. You have to simply carry out an online search in order to find a web hosting provider that answers your web site's requirements. Before you take your actual choice, check the features of the plans delivered by the web hosting distributors that have caught your interest. We, for instance, are among the best hosting providers on the marketplace as of now. The immense array of web hosting services and our prices are what makes us an attractive choice. Nonetheless, you must determine what sort of hosting service you need and whether the price suits your budget. Also, you must not forget to take a look at the web hosting vendor's TOS before opening an account to make certain 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 step is to sign up for an account with the web hosting supplier of your preference. You will gain all the needed tools for administering your files and databases. With us, for instance, you will receive a Control Panel, which is comprised of domain, website, database and mailbox management areas. You log in the hosting Control Panel using your unique username and password, which grants you safe access to the portion of the hosting server where your site will be hosted.

Uploading your site

You can either upload your website via an FTP program or, as is with the majority of web hosting vendors, through an online tool that is integrated within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is pretty easy to use and offers features comparable to those observed in Windows Explorer, which makes file management extremely easy. We offer additionally a site builder and a PHP-powered script installer, which you can use to set up your web site if you have no programming expertise and are making your first steps in web design. The online website building tool, called SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of making a website on your PC and then uploading it using FTP client software or the File Manager interface.

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