Web Hosting Description
If you have decided to launch your very own personal web site, but are not very sure about what a web site is and are not familiar with the phrase "web hosting", this article is dedicated to explaining these notions in plain English.
What precisely is a website?
A web site is a combination of webpages gathered systematically. It has a special address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may include only one single webpage and sometimes may even have as many as one thousand pages.
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A hosting server permits you to upload your site onto it. In some cases, there might be even thousands of websites on one single web hosting server. The web hosting server essentially is a computer with special hardware, which is kept in a data center with special cooling systems, whose task is to safeguard the seamless operation of the server and all the websites hosted on it.
To summarize, 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 kind of site - a corporate site consisting of numerous webpages, or a website, which has only a couple of pages and which you have created just for your buddies and family members.
You've decided what your website will be, now what?
Once you have made a decision about what kind of web site you would like to launch, the next step is to discover what type of web hosting service you must pick for your web venture. Basically, there are two kinds of hosting services - charge-free hosting services and professional paid web hosting services. The free web hosting solution is usually used by users that do not own a business-related site.
Positive and negative sides of the free web hosting solution
You will not obtain plenty of options with a free-of-charge hosting package. Features like bandwidth, memory and web server hard drive storage space are limited and insufficient for an elaborate online shop or a business-related web site, or even for a web site with lots of graphics. In addition, there are a lot of commercials embedded on your site by the web hosting distributor. These ads take up lots of space on your web site and are pretty annoying.
Shared website hosting
The paid shared website hosting services tend to be more stable and include many sophisticated features in addition to the high-power hosting server that will host your site and its content. Yet, it is important to find out which features your website needs before selecting your web hosting package. You should not rush and wind up investing cash in something that your site does not require.
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Signing up for a hosting account
As soon as you have found out what features are optimal for your web site, the next step is to sign up for an account with the hosting company of your choice. You will be given all the necessary tools for administering your files and databases. With us, for example, you will get a hosting Control Panel, which has domain, web site, database and e-mail box administration areas. You log in the Control Panel using a unique username and password, which gives you safe access to the portion of the hosting server where your web site will be located.
Uploading your site
You can either upload your files via an FTP software program or, as is with the majority of hosting suppliers, through a web-based tool that is integrated within the hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is very easy to use and offers features similar to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which makes file manipulation extremely easy. We offer also a site builder and a PHP script installation tool, which you can use to build your site if you have no programming capabilities and are making your very first steps in web design. The web-based website building tool, dubbed SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of creating a website on your personal computer and then uploading it through FTP or the File Manager tool.