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What Indeed is Shared Hosting

If you have decided to build your own personal web site, but are not very sure about what a website is and are unfamiliar with the phrase "shared hosting", this article is dedicated to explaining these notions in plain English.

What exactly is a website?

A website is a collection of webpages brought together in a systematic fashion. It has a unique website address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may contain just one webpage and sometimes may even have as many as 1000 pages.

What is a hosting server?

A web hosting server permits you to upload your web site onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of sites on one single hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is kept in a data center with special cooling systems, whose mission is to safeguard the seamless performance of the hosting server and all the web sites hosted on it.

To summarize, a 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 business site containing a large number of web pages, or a web site, which contains just a couple of web pages and which you have built simply for your comrades and relatives.

You've reached a decision about what your site will be, now what?

Once you have reached a decision about what kind of website you would like to build, the next step is to find out what kind of web hosting service you must select for your Internet adventure. Essentially, there are two sorts of hosting services - charge-free website hosting services and professional paid website hosting services. The charge-free web hosting solution is typically utilized by users that do not possess a business-related site.

Upsides and downsides of the free-of-charge web hosting solution

You will not get many features with a free-of-charge hosting plan. Features such as web traffic, RAM memory and web server hard drive space are limited and insufficient for a complex ecommerce web site or a corporate site, or even for a website with a lot of artwork. Furthermore, there are a lot of advertisement banners inserted on your website by the web hosting distributor. These advertisements occupy plenty of space on your site and are rather irritating.

Shared web hosting

The paid shared web hosting services are more reliable and include a lot of powerful features in addition to the high-quality hosting server that will host your site and its data. Even so, it is essential to know which features your web site demands prior to purchasing your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and wind up spending cash on something that your site does not need.

Pick your web hosting distributor

It is not difficult to find a hosting accounts provider. You have to simply conduct an online survey in order to find a web hosting solutions provider that answers your web site's requirements. Before you take your actual decision, have a glance at the features of the hosting plans provided by the web hosting vendors that have grasped your attention. We, for instance, are among the best hosting companies on the marketplace at the moment. The vast range of hosting solutions and our prices are what renders us an attractive choice. In spite of that, you must confirm what sort of web hosting solution you need and if the price fits your budget. Additionally, you must not forget to examine the web hosting vendor's TOS before registering to ensure that your site is not abusing them.

Opening a website hosting account

Once you have found out what features are ideal for your web site, the next move is to open an account with the hosting packages provider of your choice. You will have all the necessary tools for administering your files and databases. With us, for example, you will acquire a Control Panel, which comprises domain, website, database and mailbox account management 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 web site will be located.

Uploading your web site

You can either upload your web site files through an FTP program or, as is with the majority of hosting distributors, via a web-based tool that is included within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is rather user-friendly and offers features similar to those found in Windows Explorer, which renders file management exceptionally easy. We offer also a site building tool and a PHP-driven script installer, which you can utilize to set up your website if you have no programming capabilities and are making your very first steps in web design. The online site builder, whose name is SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of making a web site on your personal computer and then uploading it through an FTP software application or the File Manager interface.