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How Does Web Hosting Function?

If you have decided to make your own personal website, but are not quite sure about what a web site is and are not aware of the term "web hosting", this article is devoted to clarifying these notions in plain language.

What exactly is a web site?

A web site is an amalgamation of webpages brought together in a systematic fashion. It has a unique web address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may contain just one single webpage and sometimes may even consist of as many as 1000 pages.

What is a hosting server?

A web hosting server permits you to upload your web site onto it. In some instances, there might be even thousands of sites on one single web hosting server. The hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is placed in a data center facility with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to safeguard the smooth functioning of the hosting server and all the websites accommodated on it.

To summarize, a hosting server will be indeed a launch pad when the time comes for you to launch your website. It could be any sort of web site - a business site consisting of numerous web pages, or a web site, which consists of only several web pages and which you have built just for your chums and family members.

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

As soon as you have decided what type of site you desire to develop, the next step is to find out what kind of web hosting service you must pick for your online endeavor. Basically, there are two types of website hosting services - cost-free website hosting services and paid website hosting services. The cost-free hosting solution is ordinarily used by users that do not have a business-related website.

Advantages and disadvantages of the free-of-cost web hosting solution

You will not obtain plenty of options with a free hosting plan. Features like bandwidth, memory and hard drive space are restricted and insufficient for an elaborate ecommerce website or a business-related website, or even for a site with lots of graphics. What's more, there are a lot of web banners inserted on your site by the hosting plans provider. These advertisements take up a lot of space on your web site and are pretty annoying.

Shared web hosting

The professional paid shared web hosting services tend to be more stable and offer a lot of advanced features aside from the high-powered server that will accommodate your web site and its content. Nonetheless, it is essential to find out which features your web site demands before buying your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and end up spending money on something that your website does not need.

Select your hosting solutions provider

It is not tough to find a web hosting solutions provider. You need to simply carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting distributor that fulfills your website's needs. Before you make your actual decision, take a glimpse at the specifications of the plans offered by the web hosting companies that have caught your interest. We, for example, are among the top web hosting vendors on the market as of now. The enormous selection of web hosting solutions and our prices are what makes us an appealing choice. Still, you must ascertain what kind of web hosting solution you need and whether the price fits your budget. Moreover, you must not forget to double-check the web hosting provider's TOS before registering to ensure that your website is not abusing them.

Signing up for a web hosting account

Once you have found out what features are optimal for your web site, the next move is to open an account with the web hosting distributor of your choosing. You will be bestowed with all the important tools for managing your web site files and databases. With us, for instance, you will receive a Control Panel, which comprises domain name, web site, database and mailbox account administration areas. You log in the hosting Control Panel using a unique username and password, which gives you secure access to the part of the server where your web site will be located.

Uploading your web site

You can either upload your website through an FTP client or, as is with most hosting suppliers, through a web-based tool that is integrated within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is pretty intuitive and offers features similar to those observed in Windows Explorer, which renders file manipulation extremely easy. We offer additionally a website builder and a PHP-driven script installer, which you can utilize to set up your website if you have no programming skills and are making your very first steps in web design. The web-based web site building tool, dubbed 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 software program or the File Manager tool.