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If you have decided to develop your very own website, but are not quite certain about what a web site is and are not aware of the expression "hosting", this article is devoted to clarifying these concepts in simple terms.
What precisely is a website?
A website is a collection of web pages brought together in a systematic fashion. It has a special address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may be comprised of only one single web page and sometimes may even be comprised of as many as a thousand web pages.
What is a hosting server?
A hosting server enables you to upload your website onto it. In some cases, there might be even thousands of websites on one single web hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is placed in a data center with special cooling systems, whose task is to safeguard the smooth operation of the server and all the sites located on it.
In brief, a web hosting server will be indeed a launching pad when the time arrives for you to launch your web site. It could be any type of site - a corporate site containing plenty of web pages, or a site, which includes only a few pages and which you have built just for your associates and family members.
You've reached a decision about what your web site will be, now what?
As soon as you have decided what kind of website you wish to develop, the next step is to discover what type of web hosting service you have to choose for your web endeavor. Basically, there are two sorts of website hosting services - free-of-cost hosting services and professional paid website hosting services. The cost-free website hosting solution is normally utilized by persons that do not own a business-related site.
Pros and cons of the free-of-charge website hosting solution
You will not receive a lot of options with a charge-free website hosting package. Features like bandwidth, memory and web hosting server hard disk space are restricted and insufficient for a complex online shop or a corporate site, or even for a site with a lot of graphics. Also, there are a lot of advertisement banners embedded on your website by the hosting vendor. These advertisements occupy lots of space on your web site and are very embarrassing.
Shared website hosting
The paid shared website hosting services tend to be more reliable and include a lot of advanced features in addition to the high-end web hosting server that will host your site and its content. However, it is important to find out which features your site demands before purchasing your web hosting plan. You should not rush and end up buying something that your web site does not demand.
Pick your hosting provider
It is not tough to find a hosting vendor. You need to simply conduct an online survey in order to find a web hosting vendor that matches your web site's requirements. Before you take your actual choice, check the specifications of the web hosting plans furnished by the web hosting providers that have made you an impression. We, for instance, are among the top hosting distributors on the market at present. The extensive assortment of web hosting services and our prices are what renders us an alluring choice. Even so, you must confirm what type of hosting service you require and if the price matches your allowance. Besides, you must always remember to examine the web hosting distributor's Terms & Conditions before opening an account to make sure that your site is not abusing them.
Signing up for a web hosting account
Once you have found out what features are most important for your site, the next step is to sign up for an account with the web hosting services provider of your preference. You will be given all the essential tools for managing your website files and databases. With us, for example, you will get a web hosting Control Panel, which consists of domain name, web site, database and e-mailbox management sections. You log into the Control Panel using a unique username and password, which gives you secure access to the portion of the web hosting server where your website will be located.
Uploading your web site
You can either upload your web site files via an FTP program or, as is with most web hosting service providers, through a web-based tool that is included within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is rather intuitive and offers features comparable to those found in Windows Explorer, which makes file manipulation very easy. We offer additionally a web site building tool and a PHP-driven script installation tool, which you can use to create your website if you possess no programming abilities and are making your very first steps in web design. The online web site building tool, whose name is SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of creating a website on your PC and then uploading it using an FTP client application or the File Manager interface.