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Shared Hosting Clarified
If you have decided to build your very own personal site, but are not very certain about what a website is and are not aware of the term "shared hosting", this article is devoted to explaining these notions in simple language.
What exactly is a website?
A website is an amalgamation of web pages brought together systematically. It has a unique web site address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may contain only one single webpage and sometimes may even have as many as 1000 webpages.
What is a hosting server?
A hosting server permits you to upload your site onto it. In some instances, there might be even 1000's of web sites on one single web hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is physically located in a datacenter with special cooling systems, whose task is to safeguard the seamless performance of the machine and all the sites located on it.
In short, a hosting server will be truly a launching pad when the time comes for you to launch your website. It could be any type of website - a business site having a lot of pages, or a web site, which contains only a few pages and which you have developed simply for your acquaintances and relatives.
You've decided what your web site will be, now what?
As soon as you have made a decision about what kind of site you would like to develop, the next move is to discover what type of web hosting service you must choose for your Internet endeavor. Essentially, there are two sorts of web hosting services - cost-free website hosting services and paid website hosting services. The free-of-cost web hosting solution is normally utilized by users that do not own a business web site.
Upsides and downsides of the cost-free website hosting solution
You will not get many options with a free-of-cost hosting package. Features like bandwidth, memory and hard drive storage space are limited and insufficient for a complex Internet shop or a corporate website, or even for a site with lots of graphics. Besides, there are a lot of banner adverts inserted on your web site by the hosting supplier. These adverts occupy a lot of space on your web site and are quite frustrating.
Shared website hosting
The professional paid shared website hosting services are more stable and include numerous sophisticated features beside the high-powered hosting server that will host your website and its data. Still, it is important to know which features your website demands prior to choosing your web hosting package. You should not rush and wind up spending money on something that your web site does not need.
Choose your hosting solutions provider
It is easy to find a web hosting packages provider. You need to just conduct an online survey in order to find a web hosting vendor that matches your website's needs. Before you make your actual choice, have a look at the specifications of the web hosting plans delivered by the hosting suppliers that have got your attention. We, for example, are among the top hosting service providers on the marketplace today. The extensive array of web hosting services and our prices are what renders us an enthralling option. In spite of that, you must ascertain what type of hosting solution you need and if the price corresponds to your allowance. Furthermore, you must always remember to examine the hosting service provider's Terms of Service prior to registering to ensure that your site is not abusing them.
Opening a website hosting account
Once you have found out what features are optimal for your website, the next move is to open an account with the hosting supplier of your choosing. You will obtain all the essential tools for handling your web site files and databases. With us, for example, you will receive a Control Panel, which includes domain, web site, database and email mailbox account administration sections. You log into the Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which gives you safe access to the portion of the server where your website will be located.
Uploading your website
You can either upload your website files via an FTP program or, as is with most hosting suppliers, via an online tool that is included within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is extremely user-friendly and offers features similar to those found in Windows Explorer, which makes file manipulation extremely easy. We offer also a website builder and a PHP-based script installation tool, which you can use to set up your web site if you possess no programming expertise and are taking your very first steps in web design. The online website building tool, called SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of making a website on your personal computer and then uploading it via an FTP software application or the File Manager tool.