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Explanation of Shared Hosting

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If you have decided to build your own personal web site, but are not very sure about what a website is and are not familiar with the term "shared hosting", this article is dedicated to defining these concepts in simple English.

What precisely is a web site?

A website is a combination of web pages brought together systematically. It has a unique web site address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may include only one single web page and sometimes may even contain as many as 1000 webpages.

What is a web hosting server?

A web hosting server permits you to upload your web site onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of websites on one single hosting server. The hosting server essentially is a computer with specific hardware, which is housed in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to ensure the smooth performance of the server and all the web sites hosted on it.

In brief, a hosting server will be truly a launch pad when the time comes for you to launch your site. It could be any sort of site - a business web site containing numerous webpages, or a site, which includes only a few webpages and which you have created just for your friends and family members.

You've made a decision about what your web site will be, now what?

As soon as you have made a decision about what kind of web site you would like to set up, the next step is to find out what sort of web hosting service you have to choose for your online endeavor. Essentially, there are two sorts of website hosting services - free website hosting services and professional paid website hosting services. The free-of-charge web hosting solution is generally used by clients that do not have a business-related website.

Advantages and disadvantages of the free-of-charge hosting solution

You will not receive a lot of features with a free-of-cost web hosting package. Features such as traffic, memory and web content space are restricted and insufficient for a complex e-shop or a corporate web site, or even for a web site with plenty of graphics. Moreover, there are lots of banner adverts placed on your web site by the hosting provider. These ads take up lots of space on your site and are extremely annoying.

Shared hosting

The paid shared hosting services are more stable and include a lot of advanced features aside from the high-powered server that will host your site and its content. Still, it is essential to know which features your website demands prior to purchasing your web hosting plan. You should not rush and wind up investing money in something that your web site does not need.

Choose your hosting supplier

It is not difficult to find a web hosting accounts provider. You have to just carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting solutions provider that matches your website's needs. Before you take your actual choice, go through the specifications of the hosting plans supplied by the hosting providers that have got your attention. We, for example, are among the top web hosting suppliers on the marketplace today. The big selection of web hosting services and our prices are what makes us an enthralling option. Still, you must confirm what type of web hosting service you need and if the price corresponds to your budget. Furthermore, you must always remember to examine the hosting vendor's Terms of Service prior to subscribing to verify that your web site is not abusing them.

Opening a web hosting account

Once you have determined what features are ideal for your web site, the next step is to sign up for an account with the web hosting accounts provider of your choosing. You will acquire all the essential tools for handling your web site files and databases. With us, for example, you will acquire a hosting Control Panel, which consists of domain name, website, database and mailbox management areas. You log into the Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which gives you secure access to the part of the server where your web site will be hosted.

Uploading your website

You can either upload your web site files through an FTP client application or, as is with most hosting suppliers, through a web-based tool that is integrated within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is quite easy to use and offers features comparable to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which renders file management very easy. We offer additionally a website building tool and a PHP-based script installer, which you can utilize to set up your web site if you have no programming expertise and are making your very first steps in web design. The online site builder, called SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of making a website on your personal computer and then uploading it using FTP or the File Manager tool.

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