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If you have made a decision to launch your very own personal web site, but are not quite certain about what a website is and are not aware of the expression "shared hosting", this article is devoted to defining these notions in simple terms.

What exactly is a website?

A web site is an amalgamation of web pages brought together in a systematic fashion. It has a special web address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may have just one web page and sometimes may even include as many as 1000 pages.

What is a hosting server?

A web hosting server enables you to upload your web site onto it. In some instances, there might be even thousands of sites on a single hosting server. The hosting server essentially is a computer with specific hardware, which is kept in a datacenter with special cooling systems, whose mission is to ensure the seamless performance of the web hosting server and all the web sites accommodated on it.

To summarize, 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 website - a corporate web site consisting of plenty of webpages, or a site, which consists of just several pages and which you have made simply for your pals and relatives.

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

Once you have reached a decision about what type of website you want to establish, the next step is to find out what sort of web hosting service you have to pick for your Internet venture. Basically, there are two kinds of hosting services - free-of-charge website hosting services and professional paid website hosting services. The charge-free web hosting solution is commonly utilized by individuals that do not possess a business-related web site.

Positive and negative aspects of the charge-free website hosting solution

You will not obtain many options with a free website hosting plan. Features like traffic, memory and disk space are limited and insufficient for an elaborate ecommerce website or a business-related site, or even for a site with a lot of artwork. What's more, there are a lot of web banners placed on your web site by the web hosting accounts provider. These advertisements take up plenty of space on your site and are pretty frustrating.

Shared website hosting

The paid shared website hosting services are more dependable and include a lot of sophisticated features apart from the high-power server that will accommodate your web site and its files. Nonetheless, it is important to know which features your website demands prior to choosing your web hosting package. You should not hurry and end up paying for something that your site does not require.

Choose your web hosting packages provider

It is not difficult to find a web hosting vendor. You need to just conduct an online search in order to find a web hosting vendor that matches your web site's requirements. Before you make your actual decision, explore the specs of the hosting packages offered by the hosting service providers that have got your attention. We, for example, are among the leading web hosting companies on the marketplace these days. The big variety of services and our prices are what renders us an alluring choice. Yet, you must establish what type of hosting solution you require and if the price corresponds to your allowance. In addition, you must always remember to take a look at the hosting distributor's Terms & Conditions prior to opening an account to make sure that your site is not abusing them.

Opening a website hosting account

Once you have determined what features are ideal for your site, the next move is to sign up for an account with the hosting company of your preference. You will be given all the needed tools for handling your files and databases. With us, for example, you will receive a hosting Control Panel, which comprises domain name, website, database and e-mailbox management areas. You log in the web hosting Control Panel using a unique username and password, which gives you safe access to the part of the server where your site will be hosted.

Uploading your site

You can either upload your files through an FTP software application or, as is with the majority of web hosting distributors, through an online tool that is included within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is very user-friendly and offers features similar to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which renders file manipulation exceptionally easy. We offer also a website builder and a PHP script installation tool, which you can use to set up your web site if you have no programming experience and are taking your very first steps in web design. The web-based website builder, whose name is SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of making a web site on your PC and then uploading it using an FTP software program or the File Manager interface.

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