Description of Website Hosting
If you have decided to set up your very own site, but are not quite certain about what a website is and are not familiar with the expression "website hosting", this article is devoted to explaining these notions in plain language.
What exactly is a web site?
A web site is a collection of webpages brought together systematically. It has a unique address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may be comprised of just one webpage and sometimes may even have as many as one thousand pages.
What is a web hosting server?
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A web hosting server enables you to upload your site onto it. In some instances, there might be even thousands of sites on one single hosting server. The web hosting server essentially is a computer with special hardware, which is placed in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose mission is to ensure the seamless operation of the web hosting server and all the sites located on it.
To summarize, a web hosting server will be indeed a launching pad when the time arrives for you to launch your site. It could be any sort of website - a business website consisting of numerous pages, or a site, which contains just several webpages and which you have developed just for your mates and relatives.
You've made a decision about what your site will be, now what?
Once you have decided what kind of site you desire to establish, the next move is to find out what sort of web hosting service you must pick for your Internet adventure. Essentially, there are two types of web hosting services - cost-free hosting services and professional paid website hosting services. The free-of-cost website hosting solution is generally utilized by individuals that do not have a business website.
Positive and negative aspects of the free web hosting solution
You will not get many features with a free-of-charge website hosting plan. Features such as bandwidth, memory and web server hard disk storage space are limited and insufficient for a complex ecommerce site or a business-related web site, or even for a web site with plenty of graphics. What's more, there are lots of banner advertisements put on your web site by the hosting distributor. These ads take up plenty of space on your site and are pretty frustrating.
Shared website hosting
The paid shared website hosting services are more reliable and offer a lot of powerful features in addition to the high-end hosting server that will host your site and its content. Yet, it is essential to know which features your website needs prior to buying your web hosting package. You should not hurry and wind up spending cash on something that your site does not need.
Choose your hosting distributor
It is not tough to find a hosting distributor. You have to just conduct an online survey in order to find a web hosting provider that satisfies your website's needs. Before you make your actual choice, take a glance at the specifications of the web hosting plans provided by the hosting distributors that have made an impression on you. We, for example, are among the leading web hosting providers on the market these days. The wide array of web hosting services and our prices are what renders us an appealing choice. Yet, you must ascertain what sort of hosting solution you require and whether the price matches your allowance. In addition, you must not forget to go through the hosting provider's Terms of Service before signing up to confirm that your website is not violating them.
Signing up for a web hosting account
As soon as you have found out what features are optimal for your web site, the next step is to open an account with the hosting packages provider of your preference. You will gain all the essential tools for managing your website files and databases. With us, for example, you will acquire a Control Panel, which includes domain, website, database and e-mailbox management areas. You log into the web hosting Control Panel using your unique username and password, which gives you secure access to the part of the hosting server where your web site will be hosted.
Uploading your website
You can either upload your web site files through an FTP client or, as is with the majority of hosting suppliers, via an online tool that is integrated within the hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is pretty user-friendly and offers features similar to those found in Windows Explorer, which renders file management exceptionally easy. We offer additionally a site building tool and a PHP-driven script installation tool, which you can utilize to set up your website if you have no programming experience and are making your first steps in web design. The online web site builder, called SiteStudio, will also spare 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 tool.