Explanation of Hosting
If you have decided to set up your very own personal site, but are not quite certain about what a website is and are not familiar with the phrase "hosting", this article is devoted to defining these concepts in plain English.
What exactly is a website?
A web site is an amalgamation of webpages gathered systematically. It has a special web site address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may have only one single webpage and sometimes may even have as many as 1000 web pages.
What is a web hosting server?
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A web hosting server permits you to upload your site onto it. In some cases, there might be even thousands of sites on a single hosting server. The hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is housed in a data center facility with special cooling systems, whose task is to ensure the smooth performance of the machine and all the websites hosted on it.
To sum up, a web hosting server will be really a launching pad when the time comes for you to launch your web site. It could be any kind of site - a corporate site consisting of many webpages, or a site, which is comprised of just a couple of pages and which you have set up just for your chums and relatives.
You've reached a decision about what your web site will be, now what?
Once you have reached a decision about what kind of site you would like to set up, the next move is to find out what kind of web hosting service you have to select for your web endeavor. Basically, there are two kinds of website hosting services - cost-free web hosting services and professional paid website hosting services. The free web hosting solution is typically used by persons that do not own a business site.
Strong and weak sides of the free web hosting solution
You will not obtain many options with a free-of-charge website hosting package. Features such as bandwidth, RAM memory and hosting server disk space are limited and inadequate for an elaborate web store or a business web site, or even for a website with a lot of artwork. In addition, there are a lot of advertisement banners incorporated in your website by the web hosting services provider. These adverts occupy lots of space on your website and are very embarrassing.
Shared web hosting
The paid shared web hosting services are more reliable and include many advanced features in addition to the high-quality server that will accommodate your site and its files. Nevertheless, it is important to find out which features your site demands before choosing your web hosting plan. You should not rush and end up purchasing something that your website does not require.
Choose your hosting supplier
Opening a hosting account
As soon as you have found out what features are ideal for your site, the next move is to sign up for an account with the hosting company of your choosing. You will acquire all the necessary tools for administering your web site files and databases. With us, for instance, you will obtain a web hosting Control Panel, which includes domain name, website, database and email mailbox account management sections. You log in the Control Panel using your unique username and password, which gives you safe access to the part of the server where your website will be hosted.
Uploading your site
You can either upload your files through an FTP program or, as is with most hosting distributors, through an online tool that is included within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is extremely user-friendly and offers features similar to those found in Windows Explorer, which makes file management very easy. We offer also a web site builder and a PHP-based script installer, which you can use to build your website if you have no programming capabilities and are making your very 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 website on your PC and then uploading it using FTP client software or the File Manager interface.