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What Actually is Shared Hosting
If you have made a decision to build your own site, but are not very certain about what a website is and are not familiar with the expression "shared hosting", this article is dedicated to defining these concepts in plain words.
What exactly is a website?
A website is a combination of webpages brought together in a systematic fashion. It has a special address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may contain just one single webpage and sometimes may even include as many as one thousand web 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 thousands of websites on a single hosting server. The hosting server essentially is a computer with specific hardware, which is stored in a datacenter with special cooling systems, whose task is to ensure the seamless functioning of the machine and all the web sites accommodated on it.
In short, a web hosting server will be indeed a launch pad when the time comes for you to launch your site. It could be any sort of site - a business website having many web pages, or a website, which consists of only a couple of pages and which you have set up simply for your pals and family members.
You've reached a decision about what your web site will be, now what?
Once you have reached a decision about what type of site you wish to make, the next step is to find out what kind of web hosting service you have to select for your web adventure. Essentially, there are two kinds of website hosting services - free-of-charge web hosting services and professional paid web hosting services. The charge-free website hosting solution is typically utilized by users that do not have a business site.
Advantages and disadvantages of the cost-free web hosting solution
You will not get lots of options with a free web hosting package. Features such as bandwidth, RAM memory and hosting storage space are limited and inadequate for an elaborate e-shop or a corporate web site, or even for a website with a lot of graphics. In addition, there are lots of ads inserted on your website by the hosting packages provider. These ads occupy a lot of space on your website and are extremely embarrassing.
Shared website hosting
The professional paid shared website hosting services tend to be more stable and offer plenty of powerful features apart from the high-powered web hosting server that will host your site and its data. In spite of that, it is essential to know which features your website needs before choosing your web hosting package. You should not rush and wind up buying something that your site does not demand.
Pick your web host
It is not difficult to find a web hosting plans provider. You have to just conduct an online survey in order to find a web hosting solutions provider that fulfills your web site's requirements. Before you make your actual choice, have a peek at the features of the web hosting plans delivered by the web hosting suppliers that have grasped your attention. We, for instance, are among the premier website hosting providers on the marketplace now. The broad assortment of services and our prices are what renders us an attractive choice. However, you must ascertain what type of hosting solution you need and whether the price corresponds to your allowance. Additionally, you must always remember to take a look at the hosting supplier's TOS prior to registering to make sure that your website is not abusing them.
Signing up for a website hosting account
As soon as you have determined what features are optimal for your site, the next step is to sign up for an account with the hosting company of your choice. You will gain all the important tools for administering your web site files and databases. With us, for instance, you will get a Control Panel, which comprises domain, web site, database and email box account administration sections. You log in the hosting Control Panel using a unique username and password, which grants you secure access to the portion of the web hosting server where your website will be located.
Uploading your web site
You can either upload your website through an FTP program or, as is with the majority of web hosting distributors, via a web-based tool that is included within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is very intuitive and offers features comparable to those observed in Windows Explorer, which renders file management extremely easy. We offer additionally a site building tool and a PHP-powered script installer, which you can use to create your web site if you possess no programming abilities and are taking your first steps in web design. The web-based website builder, whose name is SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of making a web site on your computer and then uploading it through an FTP client application or the File Manager tool.