Shared Web Hosting Unveiled
If you have made a decision to build your very own site, but are not very certain about what a website is and are unfamiliar with the term "shared web hosting", this article is dedicated to clarifying these concepts in plain words.
What precisely is a web site?
A web site is a combination of webpages assembled in a systematic fashion. It has a special website address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may contain only one webpage and sometimes may even have as many as one thousand web pages.
What is a hosting server?
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A web hosting server permits you to upload your site onto it. In some instances, there might be even thousands of sites on a single hosting server. The web hosting server essentially is a computer with specific hardware, which is physically located in a data center facility with special cooling systems, whose task is to ensure the smooth performance of the machine and all the web sites hosted on it.
To sum up, a web hosting server will be truly a launch pad when the time comes for you to launch your site. It could be any type of website - a business website consisting of lots of pages, or a site, which has only a few pages and which you have made just for your mates and relatives.
You've reached a decision about what your web site will be, now what?
As soon as you have reached a decision about what type of website you want to set up, the next move is to discover what type of web hosting service you must choose for your online adventure. Essentially, there are two sorts of hosting services - charge-free web hosting services and paid website hosting services. The charge-free web hosting solution is typically used by users that do not have a business-related website.
Pluses and minuses of the free-of-charge hosting solution
You will not receive plenty of options with a cost-free website hosting plan. Features like bandwidth, RAM memory and hard drive space are restricted and insufficient for an elaborate online store or a business-related web site, or even for a website with a lot of artwork. Besides, there are a lot of banner commercials embedded on your web site by the web hosting provider. These ads take up lots of space on your site and are very embarrassing.
The professional paid shared hosting services are more dependable and include numerous powerful features in addition to the high-power web hosting server that will accommodate your website and its content. In spite of that, it is important to find out which features your web site demands prior to buying your web hosting plan. You should not rush and end up investing cash in something that your site does not demand.
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Opening a website hosting account
Once you have found out what features are optimal for your site, the next move is to open an account with the web hosting distributor of your preference. You will gain all the important tools for handling your files and databases. With us, for instance, you will obtain a web hosting Control Panel, which is comprised of domain name, website, database and e-mail box management areas. You log into the web hosting Control Panel using your unique username and password, which grants you secure access to the part of the server where your site will be hosted.
Uploading your site
You can either upload your files through an FTP client application or, as is with most web hosting providers, through an online tool that is integrated within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is quite user-friendly and offers features comparable to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which renders file manipulation exceptionally easy. We offer also a site builder and a PHP-based script installer, which you can use to build your website if you have no programming skills and are taking your very first steps in web design. The web-based web site building tool, whose name is SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of creating a web site on your personal computer and then uploading it via an FTP program or the File Manager interface.