How Hosting Operates
If you have decided to make your own personal web site, but are not quite certain about what a web site is and are not aware of the expression "hosting", this article is dedicated to clarifying these notions in simple language.
What exactly is a website?
A website is a combination of webpages brought together systematically. It has a special web address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may include just one 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 hosting server permits you to upload your web site onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of sites on one single hosting server. The hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is held in a data center with special cooling systems, whose mission is to ensure the smooth performance of the web hosting server and all the websites located on it.
To summarize, a web hosting server will be truly a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your website. It could be any kind of web site - a business site having a huge number of web pages, or a site, which consists of only a few pages and which you have developed simply for your friends 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 type of site you would like to build, the next step is to find out what type of web hosting service you have to select for your web project. Basically, there are two types of hosting services - free-of-cost website hosting services and paid hosting services. The free-of-cost web hosting solution is generally utilized by individuals that do not have a business-related web site.
Advantages and disadvantages of the free-of-cost website hosting solution
You will not get plenty of features with a charge-free website hosting plan. Features such as web traffic, memory and hosting server hard disk storage space are limited and inadequate for a complex web shop or a business-related web site, or even for a site with plenty of graphics. Also, there are lots of banner adverts put on your site by the hosting company. These ads occupy plenty of space on your website and are rather irritating.
Shared website hosting
The paid shared website hosting services are more reliable and offer a lot of sophisticated features aside from the high-quality hosting server that will host your website and its files. Yet, it is essential to find out which features your web site demands prior to selecting your web hosting plan. You should not rush and wind up spending money on something that your website does not require.
Select your hosting provider
It is not tough to find a web hosting provider. You have to just carry out an online search in order to find a web hosting distributor that matches your site's requirements. Before you take your actual decision, take a peek at the features of the web hosting plans provided by the hosting providers that have attracted your interest. We, for instance, are among the top web hosting companies on the market at present. The extensive range of hosting services and our prices are what makes us an enthralling choice. Nevertheless, you must verify what type of hosting service you require and if the price fits your budget. What is more, you must always remember to examine the web hosting supplier's ToS prior to subscribing to verify that your web site is not abusing them.
Opening a hosting account
Once you have determined what features are best for your website, the next step is to sign up for an account with the hosting company of your choosing. You will be given all the needed tools for administering your web site files and databases. With us, for example, you will acquire a Control Panel, which comprises domain name, web site, database and email account management sections. You log into the Control Panel using your unique user name and password, which grants you safe access to the portion of the web hosting server where your website will be hosted.
Uploading your website
You can either upload your web site via an FTP software application or, as is with most web hosting suppliers, through an online tool that is integrated within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is rather intuitive and offers features comparable to those found in Windows Explorer, which makes file management very easy. We offer also a website builder and a PHP-powered script installer, which you can use to develop your web site if you possess no programming abilities and are taking your first steps in web design. The web-based web site building tool, called SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of creating a web site on your PC and then uploading it via FTP or the File Manager interface.