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If you have made a decision to establish your own website, but are not very certain about what a website is and are not aware of the phrase "shared hosting", this article is devoted to defining these notions in simple terms.

What exactly is a website?

A web site is an amalgamation of webpages brought together in a systematic fashion. It has a unique website address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may be comprised of only one single web page and sometimes may even consist of as many as one thousand web pages.

What is a web hosting server?

A web hosting server enables you to upload your web site onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of websites on a single hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is placed in a data center with special cooling systems, whose task is to ensure the seamless operation of the hosting server and all the websites accommodated on it.

To sum up, 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 website - a corporate web site having numerous web pages, or a site, which includes just a few webpages and which you have developed just for your friends and relatives.

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

As soon as you have decided what kind of site you desire to build, the next step is to discover what type of web hosting service you must select for your online venture. Basically, there are two sorts of hosting services - cost-free web hosting services and paid hosting services. The free hosting solution is typically used by individuals that do not have a business-related web site.

Strong and weak sides of the free-of-cost hosting solution

You will not receive plenty of options with a free hosting plan. Features like web traffic, RAM memory and web server disk space are limited and inadequate for a complex e-commerce website or a business-related web site, or even for a website with a lot of artwork. What's more, there are lots of adverts placed on your site by the hosting provider. These ads take up lots of space on your website and are pretty irritating.

Shared website hosting

The paid shared website hosting services are more dependable and offer numerous sophisticated features in addition to the high-quality server that will host your website and its content. Nonetheless, it is important to know which features your website demands before selecting your web hosting plan. You should not rush and wind up spending cash on something that your web site does not demand.

Find your hosting services provider

It is easy to find a hosting plans provider. You need to simply carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting supplier that answers your web site's needs. Before you make your actual decision, take a glimpse at the parameters of the web hosting plans furnished by the hosting providers that have caught your interest. We, for instance, are among the top hosting providers on the market now. The wide array of web hosting solutions and our prices are what renders us an enthralling choice. Still, you must verify what kind of web hosting solution you require and whether the price fits your allowance. Also, you must not forget to double-check the hosting vendor's ToS prior to signing up to ensure that your web site is not violating them.

Signing up for a website hosting account

As soon as you have found out what features are ideal for your website, the next step is to open an account with the hosting plans provider of your choice. You will obtain all the essential tools for handling your files and databases. With us, for example, you will get a hosting Control Panel, which consists of domain name, web site, database and e-mail box account administration sections. You log into the Control Panel using your unique user name and password, which gives you secure access to the portion of the server where your website will be hosted.

Uploading your website

You can either upload your website through an FTP program or, as is with most hosting service providers, via a web-based tool that is included within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is very intuitive and offers features similar to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which renders file management exceptionally easy. We offer also a web site builder and a PHP-driven script installer, which you can use to set up your site if you have no programming experience and are making your very first steps in web design. The web-based website builder, dubbed SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of creating a website on your computer and then uploading it via an FTP client application or the File Manager tool.

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