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If you have made a decision to establish your own personal web site, but are not very sure about what a website is and are not aware of the term "web hosting", this article is devoted to explaining these concepts in plain language.

What precisely is a web site?

A web site is an amalgamation of webpages assembled in a systematic fashion. It has a special website address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may include only one web page and sometimes may even be comprised of as many as one thousand webpages.

What is a web hosting server?

A web hosting server enables you to upload your website onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of web sites on one single hosting server. The hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is stored in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to ensure the smooth performance of the web hosting server and all the sites located on it.

To summarize, a web hosting server will be indeed a launching pad when the time arrives for you to launch your site. It could be any type of web site - a corporate site containing a large number of webpages, or a website, which is comprised of just several webpages and which you have made simply for your acquaintances and relatives.

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

As soon as you have reached a decision about what sort of site you would like to launch, the next move is to find out what type of web hosting service you have to choose for your web endeavor. Basically, there are two sorts of web hosting services - cost-free hosting services and professional paid hosting services. The charge-free hosting solution is commonly used by persons that do not own a business-related site.

Upsides and downsides of the charge-free hosting solution

You will not get a lot of options with a cost-free website hosting package. Features such as bandwidth, memory and hosting server disk storage space are restricted and insufficient for an elaborate Internet shop or a business-related web site, or even for a web site with plenty of graphics. Also, there are lots of banner commercials embedded on your website by the web hosting services provider. These ads occupy a lot of space on your website and are quite frustrating.

Shared website hosting

The professional paid shared website hosting services are more dependable and offer lots of sophisticated features beside the high-powered hosting server that will host your site and its content. Even so, it is essential to find out which features your site demands prior to purchasing your web hosting plan. You should not rush and wind up buying something that your site does not demand.

Pick your hosting supplier

It is not tough to find a hosting accounts provider. You need to simply carry out an online search in order to find a web hosting supplier that fulfills your website's requirements. Before you make your actual choice, go through the specifications of the plans provided by the web hosting service providers that have caught your attention. We, for instance, are among the premier website hosting providers on the marketplace now. The broad selection of web hosting solutions and our prices are what makes us an alluring choice. Nevertheless, you must ascertain what sort of hosting solution you need and if the price matches your allowance. Furthermore, you must always remember to explore the service provider's Terms of Service before registering to make certain that your site is not violating them.

Opening a website hosting account

Once you have found out what features are best for your site, the next move is to open an account with the hosting vendor of your choosing. You will obtain all the essential tools for managing your website files and databases. With us, for example, you will acquire a hosting Control Panel, which comprises domain name, website, database and mailbox account administration sections. You log into the Control Panel using a unique username and password, which gives you secure access to the part of the hosting server where your web site will be hosted.

Uploading your site

You can either upload your files via an FTP client or, as is with most hosting service providers, via an online tool that is integrated within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is rather easy to use and offers features similar to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which renders file management very easy. We offer additionally a web site builder and a PHP script installation tool, which you can utilize to set up your site if you have no programming knowledge and are taking your first steps in web design. The online web site building tool, whose name is SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of creating a web site on your personal computer and then uploading it through an FTP software application or the File Manager interface.

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