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What Exactly is Hosting?

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If you have made a decision to establish your very own site, but are not very sure about what a web site is and are not familiar with the expression "hosting", this article is dedicated to clarifying these notions in plain terms.

What precisely is a web site?

A website is an amalgamation of webpages brought together systematically. It has a unique website address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may contain only one web page and sometimes may even consist of as many as 1000 pages.

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 web sites on one single hosting server. The hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is stored in a data center with special cooling systems, whose task is to ensure the seamless performance of the server and all the web sites hosted on it.

In short, a hosting server will be really a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your website. It could be any sort of site - a corporate site having plenty of webpages, or a web site, which consists of just a couple of web pages and which you have set up simply for your mates and relatives.

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

As soon as you have reached a decision about what type of web site you wish to build, the next move is to discover what type of web hosting service you have to choose for your Internet venture. Essentially, there are two sorts of web hosting services - charge-free website hosting services and professional paid web hosting services. The free-of-charge hosting solution is usually utilized by persons that do not possess a business-related site.

Strengths and weaknesses of the free-of-charge website hosting solution

You will not receive lots of options with a free-of-cost web hosting package. Features like web traffic, memory and web hosting server disk space are limited and inadequate for a complex e-shop or a business-related site, or even for a website with a lot of graphics. In addition, there are a lot of commercials placed on your web site by the web hosting plans provider. These ads occupy plenty of space on your web site and are pretty annoying.

Shared hosting

The professional paid shared hosting services tend to be more reliable and include lots of advanced features beside the high-powered hosting server that will host your web site and its content. However, it is important to find out which features your web site needs before buying your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and wind up investing in something that your web site does not demand.

Pick your hosting plans provider

It is not tough to find a web hosting accounts provider. You have to just carry out an online search in order to find a web hosting distributor that fulfills your site's needs. Before you take your actual choice, have a glance at the features of the hosting plans offered by the hosting service providers that have attracted your interest. We, for example, are among the best web hosting suppliers on the marketplace nowadays. The extensive variety of web hosting solutions and our prices are what renders us an attractive option. Nonetheless, you must confirm what kind of web hosting solution you need and if the price corresponds to your budget. What is more, you must not forget to check the web hosting supplier's TOS before opening an account to ensure that your web site is not abusing them.

Signing up for a website hosting account

Once you have determined what features are most important for your website, the next move is to open an account with the hosting supplier of your preference. You will gain all the important tools for managing your website files and databases. With us, for instance, you will obtain a hosting Control Panel, which has domain, website, database and e-mail account administration areas. You log into the web hosting Control Panel using your unique username and password, which grants you secure access to the portion of the hosting server where your web site will be hosted.

Uploading your web site

You can either upload your website through FTP client software or, as is with the majority of web hosting providers, via a web-based tool that is included within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is very user-friendly and offers features comparable to those found in Windows Explorer, which renders file management exceptionally easy. We offer additionally a web site building tool and a PHP-based script installer, which you can use to build your web site if you possess no programming abilities and are taking your very first steps in web design. The web-based site builder, dubbed SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of creating a web site on your PC and then uploading it through an FTP software application or the File Manager tool.

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