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Shared Hosting Explanation

If you have decided to develop your own web site, but are not very certain about what a web site is and are unfamiliar with the expression "shared hosting", this article is devoted to defining these concepts in plain language.

What exactly is a web site?

A web site is an amalgamation of webpages gathered in a systematic fashion. It has a special address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may be comprised of just one single webpage and sometimes may even include as many as a thousand 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 one single hosting server. The hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is situated in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose task is to ensure the seamless functioning of the server and all the websites located on it.

To sum up, a web hosting server will be really a launch pad when the time comes for you to launch your site. It could be any kind of site - a corporate web site having many web pages, or a site, which includes just a few pages and which you have developed simply for your buddies and relatives.

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

Once you have reached a decision about what kind of web site you want to create, the next step is to discover what kind of web hosting service you must choose for your web endeavor. Basically, there are two sorts of web hosting services - free-of-charge website hosting services and paid hosting services. The free website hosting solution is ordinarily used by customers that do not have a business web site.

Pros and cons of the free-of-cost website hosting solution

You will not obtain lots of options with a charge-free website hosting package. Features such as bandwidth, RAM memory and server disk drive space are limited and inadequate for a complex web shop or a business-related site, or even for a site with a lot of artwork. Also, there are lots of banner commercials put on your site by the hosting distributor. These ads take up lots of space on your site and are pretty embarrassing.

Shared hosting

The professional paid shared hosting services tend to be more dependable and offer numerous powerful features aside from the high-powered hosting server that will accommodate your website and its content. Still, it is essential to find out which features your site demands before choosing your web hosting package. You should not hurry and wind up investing money in something that your website does not need.

Select your web hosting supplier

It is not tough to find a web hosting distributor. You have to simply conduct an online search in order to find a web hosting distributor that satisfies your site's requirements. Before you make your actual decision, take a peek at the features of the web hosting plans supplied by the web hosting vendors that have grabbed your attention. We, for instance, are among the top hosting providers on the marketplace today. The vast range of hosting services and our prices are what renders us an alluring choice. Nevertheless, you must verify what type of web hosting service you need and if the price matches your budget. Moreover, you must not forget to check the web hosting vendor's Terms of Use prior to opening an account to ensure that your web site is not abusing them.

Opening a web hosting account

As soon as you have found out what features are best for your website, the next step is to open an account with the web hosting solutions provider of your choosing. You will receive all the important tools for administering your web site files and databases. With us, for instance, you will get a Control Panel, which contains domain, web site, database and email box administration areas. You log into the Control Panel using your unique username and password, which grants you secure access to the part of the hosting server where your website will be hosted.

Uploading your site

You can either upload your site via FTP or, as is with the majority of web hosting service providers, via an online tool that is integrated within the hosting 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 manipulation very easy. We offer additionally a site building tool and a PHP script installer, which you can utilize to create your website if you possess no programming knowledge and are making your first steps in web design. The online web site building tool, whose name is SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of creating a web site on your computer and then uploading it using an FTP client application or the File Manager tool.