How Web Hosting Services Operates
If you have decided to create your own personal site, but are not quite certain about what a website is and are not aware of the expression "web hosting", this article is devoted to defining these concepts in plain terms.
What precisely is a website?
A website is a collection of webpages gathered in a systematic fashion. It has a special website address, also referred to 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 pages.
What is a hosting server?
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A web hosting server permits you to upload your website onto it. In some instances, there might be even 1000's of web sites on one single hosting server. The hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is located in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose mission is to ensure the smooth performance of the hosting server and all the websites accommodated on it.
To sum up, a hosting server will be really a launch pad when the time comes for you to launch your site. It could be any kind of site - a business site containing a huge number of web pages, or a website, which consists of just several pages and which you have developed simply for your pals and family members.
You've reached a decision about what your web site will be, now what?
As soon as you have made a decision about what sort of website you desire to develop, the next move is to find out what type of web hosting service you must choose for your web endeavor. Essentially, there are two sorts of website hosting services - cost-free website hosting services and professional paid website hosting services. The cost-free website hosting solution is typically used by persons that do not possess a business site.
Pros and cons of the cost-free web hosting solution
You will not obtain many features with a free website hosting plan. Features such as bandwidth, memory and hosting server disk drive space are restricted and inadequate for an elaborate online shop or a business website, or even for a website with lots of graphics. Besides, there are lots of adverts put on your web site by the web hosting vendor. These advertisements occupy a lot of space on your website and are pretty embarrassing.
Shared website hosting
The professional paid shared website hosting services tend to be more stable and include many advanced features beside the high-end web hosting server that will host your website and its data. Still, it is important to know which features your site demands before buying your web hosting package. You should not hurry and end up purchasing something that your website does not demand.
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Signing up for a website hosting account
As soon as you have found out what features are ideal for your web site, the next move is to open an account with the web hosting accounts provider of your preference. You will be given all the important tools for administering your web site files and databases. With us, for example, you will obtain a web hosting Control Panel, which consists of domain, website, database and e-mail account management areas. You log into the web hosting Control Panel using your unique user name and password, which gives you safe access to the part of the hosting server where your website will be hosted.
Uploading your website
You can either upload your web site via FTP or, as is with most web hosting service providers, via a web-based tool that is integrated within the web 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 management extremely easy. We offer also a site building tool and a PHP-driven script installation tool, which you can utilize to set up your web site if you have no programming experience and are taking your first steps in web design. The web-based website builder, called SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of creating a web site on your computer and then uploading it through an FTP software program or the File Manager interface.