What Precisely is Hosting?

What Precisely is Hosting?

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If you have made a decision to build your own site, but are not quite certain about what a website is and are unfamiliar with the phrase "hosting", this article is devoted to explaining these concepts in simple terms.

What exactly is a web site?

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

What is a web hosting server?

A web hosting server enables you to upload your website onto it. In some cases, there might be even thousands of sites on a single hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is placed in a datacenter with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to safeguard the smooth functioning of the web hosting server and all the sites located on it.

In short, a web hosting server will be indeed a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your website. It could be any sort of website - a business web site consisting of many webpages, or a web site, which includes only a few webpages and which you have built simply for your friends and relatives.

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

As soon as you have made a decision about what sort of website you want to develop, the next move is to find out what type of web hosting service you must select for your Internet venture. Basically, there are two types of web hosting services - charge-free website hosting services and paid website hosting services. The cost-free web hosting solution is ordinarily used by individuals that do not possess a business-related website.

Pros and cons of the charge-free website hosting solution

You will not get many options with a free-of-cost hosting package. Features like bandwidth, memory and hosting server hard disk space are limited and insufficient for a complex ecommerce web site or a business website, or even for a site with a lot of graphics. Furthermore, there are lots of banner advertisements put on your site by the web hosting vendor. These advertisements occupy a lot of space on your site and are extremely annoying.

Shared website hosting

The paid shared website hosting services are more stable and offer numerous advanced features apart from the high-end server that will host your web site and its data. However, it is important to know which features your website needs before purchasing your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and wind up investing cash in something that your web site does not require.

Choose your web hosting solutions provider

It is not difficult to find a web hosting provider. You need to just conduct an online search in order to find a web hosting company that satisfies your web site's demands. Before you take your actual decision, take a glance at the features of the plans delivered by the web hosting service providers that have attracted your interest. We, for example, are among the best web hosting service providers on the market now. The vast variety of hosting solutions and our prices are what renders us an alluring choice. Nonetheless, you must establish what kind of hosting service you need and if the price corresponds to your budget. What is more, you must not forget to read the hosting vendor's Terms & Conditions prior to opening an account to ensure that your website is not violating them.

Signing up for a web hosting account

As soon as you have determined what features are most important for your site, the next step is to open an account with the web hosting packages provider of your choosing. You will get all the necessary tools for managing your files and databases. With us, for instance, you will get a web hosting Control Panel, which has domain name, website, database and e-mailbox management areas. You log into the hosting Control Panel using your unique user name and password, which gives you secure access to the portion of the web hosting server where your web site will be located.

Uploading your web site

You can either upload your web site via an FTP client application or, as is with the majority of hosting suppliers, through an online tool that is integrated within the hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is pretty intuitive and offers features similar to those observed in Windows Explorer, which renders file management exceptionally easy. We offer also a website builder and a PHP-driven script installation tool, which you can utilize to develop your website if you have no programming experience and are making your first steps in web design. The web-based site building tool, called SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of creating a web site on your personal computer and then uploading it using an FTP client or the File Manager tool.

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