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If you have made a decision to establish your own web site, but are not quite certain about what a website is and are not aware of the expression "hosting", this article is dedicated to explaining these notions in simple language.

What precisely is a web site?

A website is a collection of web pages brought together systematically. It has a unique website address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may be comprised of only one webpage and sometimes may even contain as many as a thousand web pages.

What is a hosting server?

A hosting server permits you to upload your site onto it. In some cases, there might be even thousands of websites on a single web hosting server. The hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is situated in a data center with special cooling systems, whose task is to safeguard the seamless operation of the server and all the web sites located on it.

In brief, a web hosting server will be indeed a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your web site. It could be any type of web site - a business website consisting of multiple pages, or a web site, which includes just a few pages and which you have made simply for your mates and relatives.

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

Once you have reached a decision about what type of site you want to make, the next move is to find out what sort of web hosting service you must select for your Internet venture. Essentially, there are two kinds of hosting services - free-of-cost hosting services and professional paid website hosting services. The free-of-charge website hosting solution is commonly utilized by persons that do not have a business website.

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

You will not obtain lots of options with a free-of-cost hosting package. Features like traffic, RAM memory and disk storage space are restricted and insufficient for an elaborate ecommerce web site or a business site, or even for a website with plenty of graphics. Additionally, there are a lot of banner adverts incorporated in your website by the hosting accounts provider. These adverts occupy a lot of space on your site and are extremely frustrating.

Shared website hosting

The paid shared website hosting services tend to be more dependable and offer plenty of powerful features aside from the high-powered server that will accommodate your site and its files. Nonetheless, it is essential to know which features your site needs before selecting your web hosting package. You should not rush and wind up buying something that your website does not require.

Select your web hosting plans provider

It is easy to find a web host. You need to simply carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting company that matches your web site's requirements. Before you take your actual decision, take a peek at the features of the plans delivered by the web hosting providers that have caught your eye. We, for instance, are among the top-notch web hosting suppliers on the marketplace nowadays. The vast range of hosting solutions and our prices are what renders us an enticing option. Nonetheless, you must determine what sort of hosting service you require and whether the price corresponds to your allowance. Furthermore, you must not forget to explore the web hosting distributor's TOS prior to signing up to make certain that your website is not violating them.

Opening a website hosting account

Once you have determined what features are optimal for your site, the next step is to open an account with the hosting plans provider of your preference. You will acquire all the needed tools for managing your website files and databases. With us, for example, you will get a hosting Control Panel, which is comprised of domain name, web site, database and mailbox account administration areas. You log in the web hosting Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which grants you secure access to the portion of the server where your web site will be located.

Uploading your web site

You can either upload your files via an FTP client application or, as is with most hosting distributors, through an online tool that is included within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is extremely intuitive and offers features similar to those found in Windows Explorer, which makes file management exceptionally easy. We offer additionally a website builder and a PHP-powered script installer, which you can utilize to build your web site if you have no programming expertise and are taking 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 using an FTP software application or the File Manager tool.

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