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How Hosting Services Works
If you have decided to establish your own personal site, but are not very certain about what a web site is and are not familiar with the term "hosting", this article is dedicated to defining these concepts in simple language.
What exactly is a web site?
A web site is an amalgamation of webpages assembled in a systematic fashion. It has a unique web address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may contain only one web page and sometimes may even contain as many as one 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 1000's of sites on one single web hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is stored in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to ensure the seamless operation of the web hosting server and all the websites accommodated on it.
In short, a hosting server will be indeed a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your web site. It could be any sort of site - a corporate website containing plenty of webpages, or a web site, which contains just a few webpages and which you have developed simply for your friends and family members.
You've reached a decision about what your website will be, now what?
Once you have decided what type of web site you want to establish, the next step is to find out what sort of web hosting service you have to select for your web adventure. Essentially, there are two kinds of website hosting services - free-of-charge hosting services and paid website hosting services. The cost-free website hosting solution is commonly utilized by persons that do not own a business-related web site.
Upsides and downsides of the free-of-cost web hosting solution
You will not obtain many options with a free website hosting package. Features such as bandwidth, RAM memory and web hosting server hard drive space are limited and inadequate for an elaborate e-commerce website or a corporate site, or even for a website with a lot of artwork. Furthermore, there are a lot of banner commercials inserted on your web site by the web hosting distributor. These adverts take up lots of space on your web site and are pretty embarrassing.
The paid shared hosting services are more reliable and include numerous powerful features in addition to the high-power server that will host your web site and its data. Even so, it is essential to know which features your site demands before buying your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and wind up spending cash on something that your website does not demand.
Find your hosting provider
It is not difficult to find a hosting vendor. You need to just carry out an online search in order to find a web hosting supplier that fulfills your website's needs. Before you take your actual choice, explore the features of the plans delivered by the web hosting distributors that have grabbed your interest. We, for example, are among the top-notch hosting providers on the market as of now. The large selection of hosting services and our prices are what makes us an alluring option. Yet, you must determine what kind of hosting solution you need and if the price suits your budget. Besides, you must not forget to read the hosting company's TOS before opening an account to verify that your website is not abusing them.
Opening a hosting account
As soon as you have found out what features are optimal for your website, the next move is to sign up for an account with the hosting vendor of your choosing. You will be bestowed with all the important tools for managing your website files and databases. With us, for instance, you will obtain a hosting Control Panel, which comprises domain, website, database and electronic mail account management sections. You log into the Control Panel using your unique user name and password, which gives you secure access to the portion of the web hosting server where your website will be hosted.
Uploading your website
You can either upload your web files via an FTP client application or, as is with the majority of hosting providers, through a web-based tool that is included within the hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is rather user-friendly and offers features comparable to those observed in Windows Explorer, which makes file management extremely easy. We offer also a website builder and a PHP-powered script installer, which you can utilize to develop your web site if you possess no programming experience and are making your very first steps in web design. The online website building tool, called SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of making a web site on your PC and then uploading it via FTP or the File Manager interface.