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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 phrase "hosting", this article is devoted to clarifying these concepts in plain terms.

What exactly is a website?

A website is an amalgamation of webpages brought together systematically. It has a special address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may have only one webpage and sometimes may even include as many as one thousand web pages.

What is a web hosting server?

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

In brief, a hosting server will be indeed a launching pad when the time comes for you to launch your web site. It could be any kind of website - a corporate web site consisting of numerous web pages, or a website, which consists of only a few pages and which you have made just for your comrades and family members.

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

Once you have reached a decision about what kind of site you wish to develop, the next move is to find out what kind of web hosting service you have to select for your Internet project. Essentially, there are two sorts of website hosting services - free website hosting services and professional paid website hosting services. The free-of-cost hosting solution is commonly utilized by persons that do not have a business-related web site.

Pluses and minuses of the free-of-cost hosting solution

You will not obtain a lot of features with a charge-free website hosting plan. Features like bandwidth, memory and web server disk space are limited and inadequate for an elaborate ecommerce web site or a business-related site, or even for a website with plenty of graphics. What's more, there are lots of banner adverts incorporated in your web site by the web hosting provider. These advertisements take up lots of space on your web site and are rather frustrating.

Shared hosting

The paid shared hosting services tend to be more reliable and include lots of sophisticated features aside from the high-end web hosting server that will accommodate your website and its files. Nonetheless, it is essential to know which features your site demands prior to choosing your web hosting package. You should not rush and wind up investing in something that your web site does not need.

Find your hosting solutions provider

It is not hard to find a web hosting supplier. You need to just conduct an online search in order to find a web hosting company that fulfills your site's needs. Before you make your actual decision, go through the features of the hosting plans furnished by the web hosting distributors that have caught your interest. We, for instance, are among the best web hosting service providers on the market today. The immense variety of services and our prices are what makes us an enthralling choice. However, you must establish what sort of hosting service you need and if the price matches your budget. Moreover, you must not forget to check the hosting service provider's TOS prior to registering to confirm that your website is not abusing them.

Opening a web hosting account

As soon as you have found out what features are ideal for your web site, the next step is to open an account with the hosting accounts provider of your choice. You will gain all the important tools for handling your web site files and databases. With us, for instance, you will obtain a Control Panel, which comprises domain name, website, database and mailbox account administration sections. You log in 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 hosted.

Uploading your site

You can either upload your web files through an FTP client or, as is with most web hosting suppliers, via a web-based tool that is included within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is very easy to use and offers features comparable to those observed in Windows Explorer, which makes file management very easy. We offer additionally a site builder and a PHP-based script installation tool, which you can use to create your web site if you have no programming knowledge and are making your first steps in web design. The online web site building tool, called SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of creating a website on your personal computer and then uploading it through FTP or the File Manager tool.

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