What Actually is Shared Hosting
If you have made a decision to launch your own site, but are not quite sure about what a web site is and are unfamiliar with the term "shared hosting", this article is devoted to clarifying these notions in plain language.
What precisely is a website?
A website is a collection of web pages brought together in a systematic fashion. It has a unique web site address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may have only one single web page and sometimes may even have as many as 1000 pages.
What is a hosting server?
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A hosting server enables you to upload your web site onto it. In some cases, there might be even thousands of sites on a single hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is placed in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose task is to safeguard the seamless operation of the server and all the websites accommodated on it.
In short, a hosting server will be truly a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your website. It could be any sort of site - a corporate site containing lots of webpages, or a website, which is comprised of just several web pages and which you have built simply for your mates and relatives.
You've made a decision about what your web site will be, now what?
As soon as you have reached a decision about what type of web site you want to set up, the next step is to discover what sort of web hosting service you must pick for your Internet endeavor. Essentially, there are two types of web hosting services - free website hosting services and paid web hosting services. The charge-free website hosting solution is ordinarily used by users that do not possess a business-related website.
Upsides and downsides of the charge-free website hosting solution
You will not get plenty of features with a free-of-cost website hosting package. Features like bandwidth, RAM memory and hosting server hard disk space are restricted and insufficient for an elaborate e-shop or a business web site, or even for a website with lots of graphics. Furthermore, there are a lot of web banners embedded on your site by the hosting accounts provider. These advertisements take up lots of space on your site and are very frustrating.
Shared web hosting
The paid shared web hosting services are more stable and include numerous sophisticated features apart from the high-quality server that will host your web site and its content. Nevertheless, it is important to know which features your site needs before buying your web hosting plan. You should not rush and end up spending money on something that your web site does not require.
Select your web hosting distributor
It is easy to find a web hosting supplier. You need to just conduct an online search in order to find a web hosting company that fulfills your website's requirements. Before you take your actual choice, have a glance at the features of the hosting packages provided by the web hosting companies that have got your attention. We, for instance, are among the top-notch hosting service providers on the marketplace at the moment. The broad array of hosting solutions and our prices are what makes us an attractive choice. Nevertheless, you must determine what kind of web hosting solution you need and if the price matches your allowance. Besides, you must always remember to double-check the hosting service provider's Terms & Conditions before opening an account to ensure that your website is not abusing them.
Signing up for a hosting account
As soon as you have determined what features are best for your site, the next move is to sign up for an account with the hosting accounts provider of your choosing. You will have all the needed tools for handling your website files and databases. With us, for instance, you will obtain a hosting Control Panel, which has domain, website, database and email mailbox management sections. You log in the Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which grants you safe access to the portion of the web hosting server where your web site will be located.
Uploading your website
You can either upload your web site via FTP or, as is with most web hosting companies, via a web-based tool that is integrated within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is pretty user-friendly and offers features similar to those found in Windows Explorer, which renders file manipulation exceptionally easy. We offer also a web site building tool and a PHP-powered script installer, which you can utilize to create your website if you possess no programming knowledge and are making your very first steps in web design. The web-based web site building tool, called SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of creating a website on your PC and then uploading it using an FTP software program or the File Manager interface.