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If you have made a decision to set up your own website, but are not very sure about what a website is and are unfamiliar with the phrase "hosting", this article is devoted to defining these notions in plain language.
What exactly is a web site?
A website is a collection of web pages brought together in a systematic fashion. It has a special web address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may include only one webpage and sometimes may even consist of as many as one thousand webpages.
What is a 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 a single hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is physically located in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to ensure the smooth functioning of the hosting server and all the websites hosted on it.
To sum up, a hosting server will be really a launching pad when the time comes for you to launch your web site. It could be any sort of website - a corporate web site containing multiple web pages, or a site, which includes only several web pages and which you have made simply for your friends and family members.
You've decided what your website will be, now what?
As soon as you have made a decision about what sort of web site you desire to launch, the next step is to discover what type of web hosting service you have to select for your online venture. Basically, there are two kinds of web hosting services - free website hosting services and paid website hosting services. The charge-free web hosting solution is generally used by users that do not own a business-related web site.
Pluses and minuses of the cost-free hosting solution
You will not receive many features with a charge-free website hosting plan. Features such as bandwidth, memory and data storage space are restricted and insufficient for an elaborate web store or a corporate web site, or even for a website with a lot of graphics. Additionally, there are a lot of adverts inserted on your website by the hosting accounts provider. These ads occupy a lot of space on your site and are pretty irritating.
The professional paid shared hosting services are more stable and include lots of advanced features beside the high-power hosting server that will accommodate your web site and its files. In spite of that, it is essential to know which features your website needs before choosing your web hosting package. You should not rush and wind up paying for something that your site does not demand.
Find your web hosting services provider
It is not hard to find a web hosting packages provider. You need to simply carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting distributor that satisfies your web site's demands. Before you take your actual choice, take a glance at the parameters of the web hosting packages delivered by the hosting suppliers that have caught your eye. We, for example, are among the leading web hosting suppliers on the marketplace now. The broad array of hosting solutions and our prices are what makes us an appealing option. Nevertheless, you must ascertain what type of hosting service you need and if the price fits your allowance. Furthermore, you must always remember to examine the web hosting company's Terms of Service prior to signing up to make sure that your site is not abusing them.
Opening a website hosting account
As soon as you have found out what features are ideal for your web site, the next step is to sign up for an account with the hosting distributor of your choosing. You will have all the needed tools for handling your website files and databases. With us, for instance, you will get a hosting Control Panel, which is comprised of domain, web site, database and email mailbox account management sections. 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 located.
Uploading your web site
You can either upload your website files through an FTP program or, as is with the majority of hosting companies, through an online tool that is included within the 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 manipulation exceptionally easy. We offer also a website builder and a PHP-powered script installation tool, which you can utilize to build your website if you possess no programming abilities and are making your first steps in web design. The online site builder, whose name is SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of making a web site on your PC and then uploading it using an FTP software application or the File Manager tool.