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What Does Web Hosting Mean?

If you have made a decision to develop your own website, but are not quite certain about what a website is and are not familiar with the expression "web hosting", this article is devoted to clarifying these concepts in plain language.

What exactly is a web site?

A web site is a combination of web pages gathered in a systematic fashion. It has a unique website address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may consist of only one single web page and sometimes may even consist of as many as 1000 web pages.

What is a web hosting server?

A web hosting server enables you to upload your website onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of sites on one single hosting server. The hosting server essentially is a computer with special hardware, which is kept in a data center with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to safeguard the seamless performance of the server and all the web sites hosted 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 sort of site - a business web site having a large number of web pages, or a site, which consists of just a couple of webpages and which you have made simply for your comrades and relatives.

You've decided what your website will be, now what?

Once you have made a decision about what sort of web site you want to establish, the next step is to find out what sort of web hosting service you must pick for your online adventure. Basically, there are two types of web hosting services - cost-free hosting services and professional paid website hosting services. The free-of-charge website hosting solution is commonly used by individuals that do not own a business-related site.

Strong and weak sides of the free-of-cost website hosting solution

You will not obtain lots of options with a cost-free web hosting plan. Features like traffic, memory and hosting storage space are restricted and inadequate for a complex online shop or a business-related website, or even for a web site with a lot of graphics. Also, there are a lot of advertisements incorporated in your web site by the hosting vendor. These advertisements take up a lot of space on your site and are rather irritating.

Shared web hosting

The paid shared web hosting services tend to be more reliable and offer many powerful features in addition to the high-power web hosting server that will host your website and its data. Still, it is essential to find out which features your web site demands before choosing your web hosting package. You should not rush and wind up paying for something that your web site does not require.

Pick your web hosting solutions provider

It is easy to find a hosting provider. You need to just carry out an online search in order to find a web hosting distributor that fulfills your web site's requirements. Before you take your actual choice, go through the specs of the hosting plans supplied by the hosting suppliers that have made you an impression. We, for instance, are among the best website hosting providers on the market at present. The big selection of hosting solutions and our prices are what renders us an attractive option. However, you must verify what sort of web hosting service you require and if the price matches your budget. What is more, you must not forget to take a look at the web hosting company's ToS prior to subscribing to make certain that your website is not abusing them.

Signing up for a website hosting account

Once you have determined what features are optimal for your web site, the next step is to sign up for an account with the hosting distributor of your preference. You will obtain all the important tools for managing your website files and databases. With us, for example, you will acquire a web hosting Control Panel, which has domain, web site, database and e-mail box account administration sections. You log in the hosting Control Panel using your unique username and password, which gives you safe access to the part of the hosting server where your site will be hosted.

Uploading your web site

You can either upload your website files through an FTP software application or, as is with the majority of web hosting vendors, via an online tool that is integrated within the hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is rather user-friendly and offers features similar to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which makes file management very easy. We offer additionally a web site building tool and a PHP-powered script installation tool, which you can utilize to create your web site if you have no programming abilities and are making your first steps in web design. The web-based web site builder, dubbed SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of making a website on your PC and then uploading it through FTP client software or the File Manager interface.