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If you have decided to launch your very own personal website, but are not very sure about what a website is and are not aware of the expression "hosting", this article is devoted to explaining these notions in simple words.

What exactly is a website?

A website is an amalgamation of webpages brought together in a systematic fashion. It has a unique website address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may be comprised of just one single webpage and sometimes may even contain as many as one thousand web pages.

What is a hosting server?

A web hosting server enables you to upload your web site onto it. In some cases, there might be even thousands of websites on one single web hosting server. The hosting server essentially is a computer with specific hardware, which is held in a data center facility with special cooling systems, whose mission is to ensure the seamless performance of the web hosting server and all the sites hosted on it.

To sum up, a web hosting server will be really a launch pad when the time comes for you to launch your website. It could be any kind of site - a business website consisting of a lot of web pages, or a web site, which has only a few webpages and which you have created just for your associates and family members.

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

Once you have decided what kind of web site you want to establish, the next step is to find out what kind of web hosting service you have to select for your online project. Basically, there are two kinds of hosting services - charge-free website hosting services and paid website hosting services. The free website hosting solution is ordinarily utilized by customers that do not own a business website.

Positive and negative aspects of the free website hosting solution

You will not receive a lot of features with a free-of-charge web hosting package. Features like bandwidth, memory and server disk space are limited and insufficient for a complex Internet shop or a corporate site, or even for a website with lots of graphics. Besides, there are lots of web banners put on your web site by the hosting distributor. These ads take up plenty of space on your website and are rather frustrating.

Shared website hosting

The professional paid shared website hosting services tend to be more reliable and include a lot of sophisticated features in addition to the high-quality web hosting server that will host your web site and its files. Nonetheless, it is important to know which features your website needs before choosing your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and wind up spending money on something that your website does not need.

Pick your hosting plans provider

It is not hard to find a web hosting distributor. You have to just conduct an online survey in order to find a web hosting distributor that meets your web site's requirements. Before you take your actual choice, take a glance at the features of the web hosting plans provided by the hosting distributors that have made an impression on you. We, for instance, are among the best hosting distributors on the market at the moment. The large selection of web hosting services and our prices are what renders us an enticing choice. Yet, you must establish what kind of hosting service you need and whether the price corresponds to your budget. In addition, you must always remember to explore the hosting service provider's TOS prior to subscribing to make certain that your website is not abusing them.

Opening a website hosting account

Once you have determined what features are most important for your web site, the next move is to open an account with the web hosting packages provider of your preference. You will gain all the essential tools for managing your website files and databases. With us, for instance, you will receive a Control Panel, which contains domain name, website, database and electronic mail account management sections. You log into the Control Panel using your unique username and password, which gives you safe access to the part of the web hosting server where your web site will be located.

Uploading your site

You can either upload your web site through an FTP client application or, as is with the majority of web hosting service providers, via a web-based tool that is included within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is very user-friendly and offers features comparable to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which renders file manipulation exceptionally easy. We offer additionally a site building tool and a PHP-driven script installer, which you can utilize to set up your website if you have no programming skills and are taking your very first steps in web design. The online 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 client or the File Manager interface.

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