If you have made a decision to launch your own website, but are not quite certain about what a website is and are not familiar with the expression "hosting", this article is dedicated to explaining these concepts in plain terms.
What exactly is a website?
A website is a combination of web pages brought together systematically. It has a special web site address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may include just one webpage and sometimes may even contain as many as one thousand web pages.
What is a hosting server?
A hosting server permits you to upload your website onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of sites on a single web hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is kept in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose task is to ensure the smooth functioning of the server and all the sites hosted on it.
To sum up, a hosting server will be really a launching pad when the time comes for you to launch your site. It could be any type of web site - a corporate web site containing numerous pages, or a website, which is comprised of only a couple of web pages and which you have created just for your pals and family members.
You've made a decision about what your website will be, now what?
Once you have decided what kind of site you wish to create, the next step is to find out what sort of web hosting service you have to choose for your web venture. Essentially, there are two kinds of website hosting services - free-of-cost website hosting services and professional paid hosting services. The free-of-cost hosting solution is generally utilized by persons that do not have a business web site.
Positive and negative aspects of the free-of-cost hosting solution
You will not receive many options with a free hosting plan. Features like web traffic, memory and hosting server storage space are restricted and inadequate for an elaborate e-commerce site or a corporate site, or even for a website with plenty of graphics. In addition, there are a lot of advertisement banners inserted on your site by the web hosting plans provider. These adverts occupy lots of space on your web site and are rather embarrassing.
Shared web hosting
The professional paid shared web hosting services tend to be more reliable and include a lot of sophisticated features aside from the high-quality hosting server that will accommodate your site and its data. Still, it is essential to know which features your web site demands before choosing your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and wind up purchasing something that your web site does not need.
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Signing up for a hosting account
As soon as you have found out what features are best for your website, the next step is to sign up for an account with the hosting plans provider of your choosing. You will receive all the important tools for handling your files and databases. With us, for example, you will receive a web hosting Control Panel, which has domain, website, database and e-mail box account management areas. You log in the web hosting Control Panel using your unique username and password, which grants you safe access to the part of the web hosting server where your site will be located.
Uploading your site
You can either upload your site via an FTP client application or, as is with the majority of hosting providers, via a web-based tool that is included within the hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is very intuitive and offers features similar to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which makes file manipulation very easy. We offer also a web site builder and a PHP-based script installation tool, which you can utilize to build your web site if you have no programming abilities and are taking your very first steps in web design. The online website builder, dubbed SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of making a website on your personal computer and then uploading it using FTP or the File Manager tool.
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