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If you have made a decision to establish your very own site, but are not quite certain about what a web site is and are unfamiliar with the expression "web hosting", this article is devoted to explaining these notions in simple language.

What precisely is a web site?

A web site is a collection of web pages brought together systematically. It has a unique web address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may be comprised of just one webpage and sometimes may even be comprised of as many as one thousand pages.

What is a hosting server?

A hosting server enables you to upload your web site onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of web sites on a single web hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is kept in a data center with special cooling systems, whose mission is to safeguard the smooth functioning of the hosting server and all the sites hosted 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 sort of website - a corporate web site containing many webpages, or a website, which has just several webpages and which you have created simply for your associates and family members.

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

As soon as you have decided what sort of web site you desire to create, the next step is to find out what kind of web hosting service you must select for your Internet project. Essentially, there are two types of web hosting services - free-of-charge web hosting services and professional paid web hosting services. The cost-free website hosting solution is ordinarily utilized by customers that do not own a business-related website.

Advantages and disadvantages of the free-of-cost web hosting solution

You will not receive a lot of features with a free-of-charge website hosting plan. Features like bandwidth, RAM memory and web server hard disk space are limited and insufficient for a complex ecommerce website or a corporate website, or even for a site with lots of graphics. Besides, there are lots of banners incorporated in your site by the hosting plans provider. These ads take up plenty of space on your web site and are quite irritating.

Shared website hosting

The paid shared website hosting services are more stable and offer a lot of advanced features in addition to the high-powered web hosting server that will accommodate your website and its data. In spite of that, it is important to find out which features your website needs before selecting your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and wind up investing in something that your web site does not need.

Choose your hosting supplier

It is not hard to find a hosting distributor. You need to just conduct an online search in order to find a web hosting solutions provider that answers your website's requirements. Before you make your actual choice, take a gaze at the specs of the plans offered by the hosting providers that have made an impression on you. We, for example, are among the top web hosting providers on the marketplace these days. The extensive assortment of hosting services and our prices are what renders us an appealing choice. Nevertheless, you must determine what sort of hosting service you require and whether the price matches your allowance. What is more, you must not forget to double-check the hosting provider's Terms & Conditions prior to subscribing to ensure that your web site is not violating them.

Opening a website hosting account

Once you have determined what features are ideal for your site, the next step is to open an account with the hosting company of your preference. You will have all the needed tools for handling your files and databases. With us, for instance, you will acquire a Control Panel, which has domain, web site, database and email box management sections. You log in the hosting Control Panel using your unique username and password, which gives you safe access to the portion of the hosting server where your site will be hosted.

Uploading your site

You can either upload your website files via an FTP program or, as is with most hosting vendors, via an online tool that is integrated within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is quite easy to use and offers features comparable to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which makes file management exceptionally easy. We offer additionally a site builder and a PHP-powered script installer, which you can use to develop your website if you have no programming expertise and are taking your first steps in web design. The web-based site builder, whose name is SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of making a website on your computer and then uploading it using FTP client software or the File Manager interface.

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