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If you have decided to establish your own personal website, but are not very certain about what a web site is and are not familiar with the term "shared hosting", this article is devoted to defining these notions in simple language.

What exactly is a website?

A web site is a combination of webpages gathered in a systematic fashion. It has a special web address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may include only one web page and sometimes may even consist of as many as a thousand webpages.

What is a hosting server?

A hosting server enables you to upload your site onto it. In some instances, there might be even thousands of web sites on one single web hosting server. The web hosting server essentially is a computer with specific hardware, which is housed in a data center facility with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to ensure the seamless performance of the hosting server and all the web sites hosted on it.

In short, a hosting server will be truly a launching pad when the time arrives for you to launch your site. It could be any sort of web site - a business website having a large number of webpages, or a web site, which consists of only a few webpages and which you have made just for your acquaintances and relatives.

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

Once you have decided what type of site you want to establish, the next step is to discover what kind of web hosting service you must select for your online endeavor. Essentially, there are two types of web hosting services - free website hosting services and professional paid hosting services. The free-of-cost website hosting solution is ordinarily used by individuals that do not have a business web site.

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

You will not receive many features with a charge-free web hosting plan. Features such as traffic, RAM memory and server hard disk storage space are limited and inadequate for a complex ecommerce web site or a business-related web site, or even for a web site with a lot of artwork. Also, there are a lot of advertisements incorporated in your site by the web hosting solutions provider. These advertisements take up lots of space on your web site and are pretty irritating.

Shared website hosting

The paid shared website hosting services tend to be more stable and include plenty of sophisticated features aside from the high-powered web hosting server that will accommodate your website and its data. Nonetheless, it is essential to know which features your web site needs prior to buying your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and wind up investing money in something that your website does not require.

Pick your hosting vendor

It is not hard to find a hosting distributor. You have to simply carry out an online search in order to find a web hosting solutions provider that satisfies your website's requirements. Before you take your actual decision, take a gaze at the parameters of the packages supplied by the web hosting companies that have grabbed your attention. We, for instance, are among the best hosting distributors on the marketplace at present. The wide selection of hosting solutions and our prices are what renders us an appealing option. However, you must ascertain what sort of hosting solution you need and whether the price matches your allowance. Besides, you must always remember to double-check the hosting vendor's Terms of Service before opening an account to verify that your site is not violating them.

Signing up for a web hosting account

Once you have found out what features are best for your website, the next step is to sign up for an account with the hosting accounts provider of your preference. You will receive all the needed tools for administering your files and databases. With us, for example, you will receive a web hosting Control Panel, which is comprised of domain, website, database and email box administration sections. You log into the Control Panel using a unique username and password, which gives you secure access to the part of the web hosting server where your site will be located.

Uploading your web site

You can either upload your web files via an FTP program or, as is with the majority of hosting companies, via an online tool that is included within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is quite easy to use and offers features similar to those observed in Windows Explorer, which makes file management very easy. We offer additionally a website builder and a PHP-based script installation tool, which you can use to develop your site if you possess no programming expertise and are taking your first steps in web design. The web-based website building tool, called SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of making a web site on your computer and then uploading it via an FTP software program or the File Manager tool.

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