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If you have made a decision to build your very own personal site, but are not quite certain about what a web site is and are not aware of the phrase "hosting", this article is dedicated to clarifying these notions in simple English.

What exactly is a website?

A web site is a combination of webpages gathered in a systematic fashion. It has a special web site address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may contain only one single web page and sometimes may even contain as many as one thousand pages.

What is a hosting server?

A hosting server permits you to upload your site onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of websites on one single hosting server. The hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is placed in a data center facility with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to safeguard the smooth operation of the hosting server and all the websites located on it.

In short, a hosting server will be really a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your site. It could be any sort of web site - a corporate website having many webpages, or a site, which has just several pages and which you have created simply for your buddies and relatives.

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

Once you have decided what kind of site you would like to make, the next step is to find out what sort of web hosting service you must select for your web adventure. Essentially, there are two sorts of website hosting services - cost-free web hosting services and paid website hosting services. The cost-free website hosting solution is typically used by users that do not own a business-related website.

Strengths and weaknesses of the charge-free website hosting solution

You will not obtain a lot of features with a charge-free website hosting package. Features like web traffic, memory and hosting server disk drive space are limited and inadequate for an elaborate web shop or a business-related website, or even for a web site with a lot of artwork. Besides, there are a lot of banner commercials put on your site by the web hosting packages provider. These ads occupy plenty of space on your site and are pretty frustrating.

Shared website hosting

The professional paid shared website hosting services are more dependable and offer numerous sophisticated features apart from the high-powered web hosting server that will host your site and its data. Still, it is essential to find out which features your site needs before choosing your web hosting package. You should not hurry and end up buying something that your website does not demand.

Choose your web hosting accounts provider

It is easy to find a hosting services provider. You need to just carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting distributor that meets your site's demands. Before you make your actual decision, take a look at the specifications of the hosting plans provided by the web hosting vendors that have got your interest. We, for example, are among the premier web hosting vendors on the market as of now. The extensive range of web hosting services and our prices are what makes us an enticing option. Still, you must confirm what sort of hosting service you require and if the price corresponds to your allowance. Additionally, you must not forget to take a look at the web hosting provider's TOS prior to registering to verify that your web site is not violating them.

Opening a web hosting account

Once you have determined what features are best for your web site, the next move is to sign up for an account with the hosting supplier of your preference. You will be given all the essential tools for managing your web site files and databases. With us, for instance, you will get a Control Panel, which is comprised of domain name, website, database and mailbox administration areas. You log into the web hosting Control Panel using a unique username and password, which grants you secure access to the part of the hosting server where your web site will be hosted.

Uploading your website

You can either upload your website through FTP client software or, as is with the majority of web hosting vendors, via an online tool that is integrated within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is pretty user-friendly and offers features comparable to those found in Windows Explorer, which makes file management exceptionally easy. We offer also a site builder and a PHP script installer, which you can use to set up your web site if you possess no programming capabilities and are making your very first steps in web design. The online web site building tool, dubbed SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of creating a web site on your computer and then uploading it via an FTP software program or the File Manager tool.

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