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How Does Hosting Function?

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If you have made a decision to establish your very own personal website, but are not very sure about what a web site is and are not aware of the expression "hosting", this article is devoted to explaining these concepts in plain language.

What exactly is a website?

A web site is a combination of web pages gathered systematically. It has a special address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may have just one web page and sometimes may even be comprised of as many as 1000 webpages.

What is a web hosting server?

A web hosting server permits you to upload your web site onto it. In some cases, there might be even thousands of websites on one single hosting server. The hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is stored in a data center with special cooling systems, whose task is to safeguard the smooth performance of the web hosting server and all the sites located on it.

To summarize, a hosting server will be truly a launching pad when the time comes for you to launch your website. It could be any type of site - a corporate website consisting of many webpages, or a site, which contains only a couple of pages and which you have made just for your associates and relatives.

You've decided what your website will be, now what?

Once you have reached a decision about what sort of web site you want to set up, the next step is to find out what kind of web hosting service you must choose for your online adventure. Basically, there are two sorts of web hosting services - cost-free website hosting services and professional paid web hosting services. The charge-free website hosting solution is normally utilized by customers that do not own a business web site.

Strengths and weaknesses of the free website hosting solution

You will not receive lots of options with a free-of-cost website hosting plan. Features like web traffic, memory and data storage space are limited and inadequate for a complex online shop or a corporate website, or even for a site with a lot of graphics. Besides, there are lots of banner ads placed on your website by the hosting supplier. These advertisements take up a lot of space on your web site and are rather annoying.

Shared website hosting

The professional paid shared website hosting services are more stable and offer many powerful features beside the high-end web hosting server that will host your site and its files. Even so, it is essential to find out which features your site demands before choosing your web hosting plan. You should not rush and wind up spending cash on something that your website does not demand.

Pick your hosting accounts provider

It is not tough to find a web hosting packages provider. You have to simply carry out an online search in order to find a web hosting supplier that matches your website's demands. Before you make your actual decision, examine the parameters of the web hosting plans furnished by the web hosting providers that have got your interest. We, for instance, are among the premier web hosting providers on the marketplace nowadays. The broad selection of services and our prices are what makes us an attractive choice. Yet, you must establish what type of hosting solution you need and whether the price matches your budget. What is more, you must not forget to take a look at the web hosting provider's ToS prior to subscribing to confirm that your site is not abusing them.

Signing up for a hosting account

Once you have found out what features are best for your site, the next step is to open an account with the hosting vendor of your preference. You will receive all the necessary tools for handling your files and databases. With us, for instance, you will obtain a Control Panel, which has domain name, web site, database and email account management areas. You log into the web hosting Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which gives you safe access to the part of the server where your website will be hosted.

Uploading your website

You can either upload your website through an FTP client application or, as is with most web hosting suppliers, through an online tool that is included within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is rather user-friendly and offers features comparable to those observed in Windows Explorer, which renders file manipulation very easy. We offer also a web site builder and a PHP script installation tool, which you can use to develop your web site if you have no programming knowledge and are taking your very first steps in web design. The online website builder, whose name is SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of creating a web site on your computer and then uploading it using an FTP client application or the File Manager interface.

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