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If you have made a decision to develop your very own site, but are not quite certain about what a web site is and are unfamiliar with the term "shared hosting", this article is dedicated to clarifying these concepts in simple English.

What exactly is a website?

A web site is a collection of webpages assembled in a systematic fashion. It has a special address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may contain just one webpage and sometimes may even contain as many as 1000 webpages.

What is a 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 a single hosting server. The hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is placed in a data center facility with special cooling systems, whose task is to ensure the smooth functioning of the server and all the websites accommodated on it.

In brief, a web hosting server will be really a launching pad when the time comes for you to launch your web site. It could be any kind of website - a business web site consisting of a lot of web pages, or a site, which consists of just a couple of webpages and which you have built just for your comrades and family members.

You've made a decision about what your website will be, now what?

As soon as you have made a decision about what type of website you desire to develop, the next step is to find out what type of web hosting service you must select for your web venture. Basically, there are two sorts of website hosting services - free web hosting services and paid hosting services. The free website hosting solution is commonly used by customers that do not possess a business website.

Pros and cons of the free-of-charge web hosting solution

You will not get lots of features with a cost-free website hosting plan. Features like web traffic, memory and web server space are limited and insufficient for a complex ecommerce website or a business website, or even for a web site with plenty of graphics. Furthermore, there are lots of banner adverts inserted on your website by the hosting plans provider. These ads take up a lot of space on your website and are very irritating.

Shared website hosting

The professional paid shared website hosting services tend to be more reliable and offer lots of sophisticated features beside the high-powered server that will accommodate your website and its data. Still, it is important to find out which features your web site needs prior to buying your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and wind up purchasing something that your site does not need.

Pick your hosting provider

It is not difficult to find a hosting distributor. You have to just carry out an online search in order to find a web hosting distributor that satisfies your website's demands. Before you take your actual choice, have a look at the parameters of the hosting packages delivered by the web hosting distributors that have seized your attention. We, for instance, are among the premier hosting companies on the market nowadays. The big range of web hosting solutions and our prices are what renders us an alluring choice. Still, you must determine what kind of hosting service you need and whether the price matches your budget. Also, you must not forget to check the web hosting service provider's Terms of Use prior to signing up to verify that your website is not abusing them.

Signing up for a web hosting account

As soon as you have determined what features are optimal for your web site, the next step is to sign up for an account with the web hosting solutions provider of your preference. You will gain all the important tools for administering your files and databases. With us, for instance, you will get a Control Panel, which contains domain name, web site, database and email account management sections. You log into the Control Panel using your unique username and password, which grants you safe access to the portion of the web hosting server where your website will be hosted.

Uploading your site

You can either upload your files via FTP client software or, as is with most web hosting vendors, via an online tool that is included within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is rather user-friendly and offers features similar to those found in Windows Explorer, which makes file manipulation exceptionally easy. We offer also a site builder and a PHP script installer, which you can utilize to develop your site if you have no programming experience and are taking your first steps in web design. The online site building tool, called SiteStudio, will also save 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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