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Definition of Web Hosting

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

What precisely is a web site?

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

What is a web hosting server?

A hosting server permits you to upload your website onto it. In some instances, there might be even 1000's of web sites on a single hosting server. The hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is held in a datacenter with special cooling systems, whose mission is to safeguard the seamless operation of the hosting server and all the websites hosted on it.

In short, a web hosting server will be indeed a launching pad when the time arrives for you to launch your site. It could be any kind of site - a business web site having plenty of web pages, or a website, which has only a couple of pages and which you have made just for your chums and family members.

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

As soon as you have decided what type of web site you desire to establish, the next step is to find out what type of web hosting service you must choose for your online venture. Essentially, there are two kinds of hosting services - free web hosting services and professional paid hosting services. The cost-free web hosting solution is typically used by users that do not possess a business site.

Positive and negative aspects of the charge-free web hosting solution

You will not obtain a lot of features with a free-of-cost hosting package. Features such as bandwidth, RAM memory and web content storage space are limited and inadequate for an elaborate online store or a corporate web site, or even for a site with lots of graphics. In addition, there are lots of ads embedded on your web site by the hosting provider. These advertisements occupy a lot of space on your site and are extremely embarrassing.

Shared website hosting

The paid shared website hosting services are more dependable and include plenty of powerful features in addition to the high-powered web hosting server that will accommodate your website and its data. Nonetheless, it is important to find out which features your site needs prior to purchasing your web hosting package. You should not rush and wind up spending money on something that your site does not need.

Select your web hosting distributor

It is easy to find a hosting services provider. You need to simply carry out an online search in order to find a web hosting company that satisfies your site's requirements. Before you make your actual choice, explore the specifications of the web hosting plans delivered by the web hosting vendors that have caught your eye. We, for example, are among the leading web hosting service providers on the market these days. The vast range of hosting services and our prices are what makes us an enthralling option. Yet, you must confirm what kind of hosting service you require and whether the price suits your allowance. Furthermore, you must always remember to read the web hosting vendor's Terms of Service prior to signing up to ensure that your site is not violating them.

Opening a website hosting account

As soon as you have determined what features are ideal for your website, the next move is to sign up for an account with the web hosting vendor of your preference. You will obtain all the essential tools for administering your files and databases. With us, for example, you will receive a web hosting Control Panel, which includes domain, website, database and email mailbox administration sections. You log into the web hosting Control Panel using a unique username and password, which grants you safe access to the portion of the hosting server where your website will be located.

Uploading your web site

You can either upload your site through an FTP program or, as is with the majority of hosting distributors, via a web-based tool that is integrated within the hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is rather intuitive and offers features comparable to those found in Windows Explorer, which makes file manipulation extremely easy. We offer also a website building tool and a PHP script installer, which you can utilize to create your website if you possess no programming knowledge and are making your very first steps in web design. The online site building tool, called SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of creating a web site on your computer and then uploading it via FTP client software or the File Manager interface.