Web Hosting Definition
If you have made a decision to make your own personal web site, but are not quite certain about what a website is and are not aware of the term "web hosting", this article is dedicated to explaining these notions in simple words.
What precisely is a web site?
A website is a collection of web pages gathered in a systematic fashion. It has a unique website address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may include only one single web page and sometimes may even be comprised of as many as a thousand webpages.
What is a web hosting server?
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A web hosting server permits you to upload your web site onto it. In some instances, there might be even thousands of web sites on a single web hosting server. The web hosting server essentially is a computer with special hardware, which is kept in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to ensure the seamless functioning of the server and all the websites hosted on it.
To sum up, a hosting server will be truly a launching pad when the time arrives for you to launch your site. It could be any kind of web site - a business website having many web pages, or a site, which consists of just a couple of web pages and which you have developed just for your buddies and family members.
You've made a decision about what your web site will be, now what?
As soon as you have reached a decision about what kind of website you desire to build, the next step is to find out what type of web hosting service you must choose for your online venture. Essentially, there are two sorts of website hosting services - free hosting services and professional paid website hosting services. The free-of-charge website hosting solution is commonly used by users that do not own a business site.
Upsides and downsides of the cost-free website hosting solution
You will not get lots of features with a free-of-cost hosting plan. Features such as traffic, memory and web server hard drive space are limited and insufficient for an elaborate ecommerce website or a corporate site, or even for a web site with a lot of graphics. Furthermore, there are a lot of web banners put on your web site by the web hosting plans provider. These ads occupy lots of space on your site and are quite frustrating.
Shared website hosting
The paid shared website hosting services tend to be more stable and offer many advanced features in addition to the high-quality server that will accommodate your website and its files. Even so, it is essential to find out which features your site needs before selecting your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and wind up buying something that your website does not demand.
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Opening a website hosting account
Once you have determined what features are best for your site, the next move is to sign up for an account with the hosting plans provider of your preference. You will obtain all the essential tools for handling your files and databases. With us, for example, you will obtain a hosting Control Panel, which contains domain, website, database and email mailbox administration sections. You log in the web hosting Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which grants you secure access to the portion of the web hosting server where your web site will be hosted.
Uploading your website
You can either upload your website via an FTP program or, as is with most hosting suppliers, through a web-based tool that is integrated within the hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is rather easy to use and offers features comparable to those observed in Windows Explorer, which renders file management very easy. We offer also a website builder and a PHP-based script installation tool, which you can use to build your website if you possess no programming skills and are making your first steps in web design. The web-based web site builder, called SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of making a web site on your PC and then uploading it using FTP client software or the File Manager tool.