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How Does Web Hosting Function?

If you have decided to create your own web site, but are not very sure about what a web site is and are not aware of the term "web hosting", this article is dedicated to clarifying these concepts in simple language.

What precisely is a website?

A website is a collection of web pages assembled systematically. It has a special website address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may be comprised of only one single webpage and sometimes may even contain as many as a thousand pages.

What is a hosting server?

A web hosting server permits you to upload your website onto it. In some cases, there might be even thousands of websites on a single hosting server. The web hosting server essentially is a computer with special hardware, which is kept in a data center with special cooling systems, whose task is to ensure the smooth operation of the web hosting server and all the web sites accommodated on it.

In brief, a hosting server will be really a launch pad when the time comes for you to launch your site. It could be any sort of website - a business web site containing a large number of webpages, or a website, which contains just several webpages and which you have made just for your buddies and relatives.

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

As soon as you have reached a decision about what kind of site you wish to develop, the next step is to discover what type of web hosting service you must select for your web venture. Essentially, there are two sorts of web hosting services - cost-free hosting services and paid website hosting services. The charge-free website hosting solution is typically used by persons that do not own a business-related site.

Positive and negative sides of the free-of-cost website hosting solution

You will not get a lot of features with a free-of-cost website hosting package. Features like bandwidth, RAM memory and disk drive space are restricted and inadequate for an elaborate e-commerce website or a business-related website, or even for a site with plenty of graphics. What's more, there are lots of web banners put on your website by the hosting plans provider. These ads occupy plenty of space on your website and are pretty embarrassing.

Shared web hosting

The professional paid shared web hosting services are more stable and offer lots of advanced features apart from the high-end hosting server that will host your website and its content. Nevertheless, it is important to find out which features your web site needs prior to choosing your web hosting package. You should not hurry and end up spending cash on something that your website does not demand.

Choose your web hosting plans provider

It is not tough to find a web hosting packages provider. You have to simply carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting vendor that fulfills your web site's demands. Before you take your actual decision, check the features of the hosting packages furnished by the hosting providers that have caught your attention. We, for instance, are among the top web hosting suppliers on the marketplace as of now. The extensive array of services and our prices are what makes us an appealing choice. Even so, you must determine what kind of web hosting solution you require and whether the price corresponds to your budget. Also, you must always remember to explore the web hosting vendor's Terms of Service prior to opening an account to make sure that your website is not abusing them.

Signing up for a website hosting account

Once you have found out what features are ideal for your site, the next step is to open an account with the hosting distributor of your preference. You will gain all the necessary tools for managing your files and databases. With us, for example, you will acquire a Control Panel, which is comprised of domain name, website, database and mailbox account management areas. You log into the hosting Control Panel using a unique username and password, which grants you secure access to the part of the web hosting server where your web site will be hosted.

Uploading your website

You can either upload your web site files via FTP or, as is with the majority of web hosting service providers, through an online tool that is included within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is very easy to use and offers features comparable to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which makes file management extremely easy. We offer additionally a website builder and a PHP-driven script installation tool, which you can use to develop your web site if you possess no programming capabilities and are taking your 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 PC and then uploading it through an FTP client or the File Manager tool.