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How Does Web Hosting Work?
If you have decided to build your very own personal web site, but are not very certain about what a website is and are unfamiliar with the expression "web hosting", this article is dedicated to defining these concepts in plain words.
What exactly is a website?
A web site is a combination of webpages gathered systematically. It has a special website address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may be comprised of just one single web page and sometimes may even consist of as many as a thousand webpages.
What is a web hosting server?
A hosting server enables you to upload your website onto it. In some instances, there might be even thousands of websites on a single hosting server. The hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is housed in a data center with special cooling systems, whose mission is to ensure the smooth operation of the hosting server and all the sites hosted on it.
To summarize, a hosting server will be really a launching pad when the time comes for you to launch your web site. It could be any sort of website - a business web site consisting of numerous pages, or a web site, which is comprised of just several pages and which you have set up simply for your friends and family members.
You've reached a decision about what your site will be, now what?
Once you have reached a decision about what type of website you want to launch, the next step is to discover what sort of web hosting service you must select for your online project. Essentially, there are two sorts of web hosting services - free-of-charge website hosting services and paid website hosting services. The free hosting solution is normally utilized by clients that do not own a business-related web site.
Strengths and weaknesses of the free-of-cost website hosting solution
You will not get plenty of options with a charge-free website hosting package. Features like web traffic, memory and disk storage space are limited and inadequate for a complex e-store or a business website, or even for a web site with plenty of graphics. Also, there are a lot of commercials embedded on your website by the web hosting vendor. These ads occupy plenty of space on your website and are extremely embarrassing.
The paid shared hosting services tend to be more reliable and offer many advanced features apart from the high-powered web hosting server that will accommodate your website and its files. In spite of that, it is important to know which features your site demands before selecting your web hosting package. You should not hurry and end up investing money in something that your web site does not need.
Pick your hosting provider
It is not difficult to find a hosting supplier. You need to just carry out an online search in order to find a web hosting distributor that fulfills your site's requirements. Before you make your actual decision, take a glimpse at the specifications of the hosting packages delivered by the web hosting distributors that have made an impression on you. We, for example, are among the premier web hosting vendors on the marketplace as of now. The big selection of hosting services and our prices are what renders us an enticing option. Even so, you must establish what sort of hosting service you need and if the price suits your budget. Additionally, you must always remember to read the web hosting provider's Terms & Conditions prior to subscribing to confirm that your web site is not abusing them.
Opening a web hosting account
Once you have determined what features are best for your web site, the next move is to sign up for an account with the web hosting supplier of your choice. You will acquire all the necessary tools for managing your files and databases. With us, for instance, you will acquire a hosting Control Panel, which has domain, web site, database and email box account administration areas. You log in the web hosting Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which gives you safe access to the part of the hosting server where your site will be located.
Uploading your site
You can either upload your site through an FTP client application or, as is with the majority of hosting companies, through an online tool that is included within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is very easy to use and offers features similar to those found in Windows Explorer, which makes file manipulation extremely easy. We offer additionally a web site builder and a PHP-based script installation tool, which you can use to build your website if you have no programming experience and are taking your very first steps in web design. The web-based web site building tool, whose name is SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of making a web site on your computer and then uploading it using FTP client software or the File Manager tool.