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What Actually is Shared Hosting

If you have decided to develop your own personal web site, but are not quite sure about what a web site is and are unfamiliar with the expression "shared hosting", this article is devoted to defining these notions in plain words.

What precisely is a website?

A web site is a collection of webpages gathered in a systematic fashion. It has a special web address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may contain only one single webpage and sometimes may even be comprised of as many as a thousand web pages.

What is a hosting server?

A web hosting server permits you to upload your website onto it. In some instances, there might be even thousands of web sites on one single web hosting server. The hosting server essentially is a computer with specific hardware, which is physically located in a data center with special cooling systems, whose task is to ensure the seamless operation of the web hosting server and all the sites located on it.

In brief, a hosting server will be truly a launching pad when the time arrives for you to launch your website. It could be any kind of site - a corporate website consisting of a huge number of webpages, or a site, which has just several web pages and which you have set up simply for your mates and relatives.

You've decided what your web site will be, now what?

As soon as you have decided what type of web site you want to build, the next step is to discover what type of web hosting service you have to select for your web venture. Essentially, there are two sorts of web hosting services - free-of-charge website hosting services and professional paid website hosting services. The free-of-charge hosting solution is generally utilized by clients that do not have a business website.

Strong and weak sides of the charge-free web hosting solution

You will not get many options with a free website hosting plan. Features such as bandwidth, memory and web hosting storage space are limited and inadequate for a complex web shop or a business website, or even for a site with a lot of graphics. In addition, there are lots of banner advertisements incorporated in your site by the hosting distributor. These ads occupy a lot of space on your web site and are pretty frustrating.

Shared website hosting

The paid shared website hosting services are more reliable and include plenty of powerful features apart from the high-power hosting server that will accommodate your web site and its content. In spite of that, it is essential to know which features your website demands prior to choosing your web hosting package. You should not rush and end up spending money on something that your website does not demand.

Choose your hosting distributor

It is not difficult to find a web hosting provider. You have to just carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting distributor that meets your website's needs. Before you make your actual decision, take a glance at the specs of the web hosting packages furnished by the hosting distributors that have caught your attention. We, for example, are among the best hosting providers on the marketplace today. The big range of hosting services and our prices are what renders us an appealing choice. However, you must determine what kind of web hosting service you require and whether the price corresponds to your budget. Also, you must always remember to take a look at the web hosting distributor's TOS before opening an account to ensure that your website is not violating them.

Signing up for a hosting account

Once you have determined what features are optimal for your website, the next move is to sign up for an account with the hosting plans provider of your choosing. You will gain all the important tools for handling your web site files and databases. With us, for instance, you will obtain a hosting Control Panel, which comprises domain, web site, database and e-mail box account administration areas. You log into the web hosting Control Panel using your unique username and password, which gives you secure access to the portion of the server where your web site will be hosted.

Uploading your website

You can either upload your web site files through an FTP software application or, as is with most hosting providers, via a web-based tool that is included within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is quite intuitive and offers features similar to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which makes file manipulation very easy. We offer also a web site building tool and a PHP-powered script installer, which you can utilize to create your web site if you possess no programming capabilities and are taking your first steps in web design. The web-based site builder, called SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of creating a web site on your PC and then uploading it using an FTP software program or the File Manager tool.