Web Hosting Unmasked
If you have made a decision to set up your very 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 devoted to clarifying these concepts in plain words.
What exactly is a website?
A web site is an amalgamation of webpages brought together systematically. It has a unique web address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may consist of just one single webpage and sometimes may even be comprised of as many as 1000 web pages.
What is a hosting server?
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A web hosting server permits you to upload your website onto it. In some instances, there might be even 1000's of websites on one single hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is placed in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose mission is to safeguard the smooth performance of the hosting server and all the web sites hosted on it.
To summarize, a hosting server will be truly a launch pad when the time comes for you to launch your site. It could be any sort of web site - a corporate website having lots of pages, or a site, which contains only a couple of webpages and which you have made simply for your mates and family members.
You've made a decision about what your website will be, now what?
As soon as you have made a decision about what type of website you wish to build, the next move is to find out what sort of web hosting service you have to select for your web endeavor. Basically, there are two types of hosting services - free-of-charge website hosting services and paid hosting services. The cost-free website hosting solution is ordinarily utilized by individuals that do not have a business site.
Strengths and weaknesses of the cost-free website hosting solution
You will not receive many features with a cost-free website hosting plan. Features like traffic, RAM memory and content storage space are restricted and insufficient for a complex web shop or a business website, or even for a website with plenty of graphics. Moreover, there are lots of advertisements embedded on your web site by the web hosting distributor. These advertisements occupy lots of space on your web site and are rather annoying.
Shared web hosting
The professional paid shared web hosting services are more dependable and include a lot of powerful features apart from the high-powered server that will host your site and its data. Yet, it is essential to know which features your website demands prior to selecting your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and end up buying something that your web site does not require.
Choose your hosting provider
It is not tough to find a web host. You need to simply carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting vendor that meets your web site's demands. Before you make your actual choice, have a peek at the specifications of the hosting packages offered by the hosting providers that have caught your attention. We, for example, are among the top-notch hosting distributors on the market these days. The enormous array of web hosting services and our prices are what makes us an enthralling choice. In spite of that, you must confirm what sort of hosting solution you need and whether the price matches your allowance. Additionally, you must not forget to double-check the web hosting company's ToS prior to opening an account to verify that your site is not violating them.
Signing up for a web hosting account
As soon as you have found out what features are optimal for your website, the next move is to open an account with the web hosting provider of your choosing. You will acquire all the necessary tools for managing your files and databases. With us, for instance, you will acquire a hosting Control Panel, which comprises domain, website, database and e-mail account administration areas. You log into the Control Panel using your unique username and password, which gives you secure access to the portion of the web hosting server where your web site will be located.
Uploading your website
You can either upload your website files via an FTP software program or, as is with most web hosting companies, via an online tool that is integrated within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is pretty easy to use and offers features comparable to those found in Windows Explorer, which makes file management very easy. We offer also a web site building tool and a PHP script installation tool, which you can utilize to create your site if you have no programming experience and are making your very first steps in web design. The web-based website building tool, dubbed SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of making a website on your PC and then uploading it via an FTP client application or the File Manager interface.