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

What precisely is a website?

A website is a collection of webpages assembled systematically. It has a unique web site address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may be comprised of only one single web page and sometimes may even have as many as a thousand web pages.

What is a web hosting server?

A hosting server permits you to upload your site onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of sites on one single hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is held in a data center facility with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to safeguard the seamless performance of the machine and all the web sites located on it.

To summarize, a web hosting server will be really a launch pad when the time comes for you to launch your web site. It could be any sort of web site - a business website having many web pages, or a web site, which includes just a couple of pages and which you have set up simply for your associates and family members.

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

As soon as you have made a decision about what sort of website you desire to establish, the next move is to discover what sort of web hosting service you must choose for your web project. Basically, there are two types of website hosting services - charge-free website hosting services and paid website hosting services. The free-of-charge web hosting solution is generally utilized by individuals that do not have a business site.

Advantages and disadvantages of the cost-free website hosting solution

You will not obtain lots of options with a free-of-charge website hosting package. Features such as web traffic, RAM memory and web hosting storage space are restricted and inadequate for a complex e-store or a business web site, or even for a web site with plenty of graphics. What's more, there are lots of banner advertisements inserted on your web site by the hosting plans provider. These ads occupy plenty of space on your web site and are quite irritating.

Shared website hosting

The professional paid shared website hosting services tend to be more stable and include lots of powerful features beside the high-powered web hosting server that will host your web site and its content. Nevertheless, it is important to find out which features your web site needs before choosing your web hosting package. You should not hurry and end up paying for something that your website does not demand.

Select your web hosting services provider

It is not tough to find a web hosting vendor. You have to just conduct an online search in order to find a web hosting provider that satisfies your website's requirements. Before you take your actual choice, go through the parameters of the web hosting packages offered by the web hosting distributors that have impressed you. We, for example, are among the leading hosting companies on the marketplace now. The broad assortment of web hosting services and our prices are what makes us an enthralling option. In spite of that, you must confirm what sort of hosting service you require and whether the price corresponds to your budget. In addition, you must not forget to examine the hosting distributor's Terms of Use prior to subscribing to confirm that your site is not abusing them.

Signing up for a website hosting account

Once you have determined what features are most important for your web site, the next step is to sign up for an account with the web hosting company of your choice. You will get all the important tools for managing your web site files and databases. With us, for instance, you will obtain a hosting Control Panel, which comprises domain, website, database and email mailbox management areas. You log into the Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which gives you secure access to the portion of the hosting server where your web site will be hosted.

Uploading your web site

You can either upload your web site via an FTP program or, as is with the majority of hosting suppliers, via an online tool that is integrated within the hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is rather easy to use and offers features comparable to those found in Windows Explorer, which renders file manipulation extremely easy. We offer additionally a website builder and a PHP-powered script installation tool, which you can use to set up your website if you possess no programming abilities and are taking your first steps in web design. The web-based site building tool, dubbed SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of making a website on your computer and then uploading it via an FTP software application or the File Manager tool.

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