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What Does Website Hosting Mean?

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If you have made a decision to establish your own website, but are not very certain about what a website is and are unfamiliar with the phrase "website hosting", this article is devoted to defining these concepts in simple words.

What exactly is a website?

A web site is a combination of web pages brought together systematically. It has a unique website address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may have just one single web page and sometimes may even include as many as one thousand webpages.

What is a web hosting server?

A web hosting server enables you to upload your website onto it. In some cases, there might be even thousands of sites on one single hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is situated in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose mission is to ensure the smooth operation of the web hosting server and all the web sites hosted on it.

In short, a web hosting server will be indeed a launch pad when the time comes for you to launch your website. It could be any sort of web site - a corporate web site containing a huge number of pages, or a website, which includes only a few webpages and which you have made just for your mates and family members.

You've decided what your web site will be, now what?

Once you have made a decision about what kind of web site you desire to make, the next step is to find out what type of web hosting service you have to pick for your Internet venture. Essentially, there are two types of hosting services - free-of-cost web hosting services and professional paid website hosting services. The free-of-charge web hosting solution is usually utilized by persons that do not own a business-related website.

Strong and weak sides of the charge-free hosting solution

You will not obtain lots of options with a charge-free website hosting package. Features such as bandwidth, memory and web hosting storage space are restricted and insufficient for a complex e-shop or a corporate web site, or even for a web site with plenty of graphics. Besides, there are a lot of banners inserted on your website by the web hosting accounts provider. These ads occupy a lot of space on your website and are quite irritating.

Shared website hosting

The paid shared website hosting services tend to be more reliable and include a lot of advanced features aside from the high-powered web hosting server that will accommodate your web site and its files. Nonetheless, it is essential to find out which features your site demands prior to selecting your web hosting package. You should not hurry and end up spending money on something that your website does not require.

Find your web hosting vendor

It is not difficult to find a web hosting provider. You need to just conduct an online search in order to find a web hosting distributor that fulfills your site's demands. Before you make your actual choice, take a glance at the features of the web hosting plans offered by the hosting distributors that have made you an impression. We, for example, are among the premier hosting vendors on the market at present. The vast selection of hosting solutions and our prices are what makes us an appealing option. In spite of that, you must confirm what sort of hosting service you need and whether the price corresponds to your budget. Additionally, you must always remember to read the service provider's Terms of Service before registering to make sure that your web site is not violating them.

Signing up for a website hosting account

Once you have found out what features are most important for your web site, the next move is to sign up for an account with the hosting solutions provider of your preference. You will obtain all the necessary tools for managing your files and databases. With us, for example, you will obtain a hosting Control Panel, which is comprised of domain, web site, database and email mailbox administration areas. You log into the hosting Control Panel using your unique user name and password, which gives you safe access to the part of the hosting server where your site will be hosted.

Uploading your site

You can either upload your website via an FTP client or, as is with most hosting distributors, via a web-based tool that is included within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is pretty user-friendly and offers features similar to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which renders file management very easy. We offer also a site building tool and a PHP script installation tool, which you can use to build your web site if you have no programming capabilities and are making your first steps in web design. The online website builder, called SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of creating a web site on your computer and then uploading it through FTP client software or the File Manager interface.

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