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If you have made a decision to develop your own personal website, but are not quite certain about what a web site is and are unfamiliar with the expression "hosting", this article is devoted to explaining these notions in plain language.
What precisely is a website?
A website is a collection of web pages brought together in a systematic fashion. It has a unique address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may include just one web page and sometimes may even have as many as a thousand 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 sites on a single hosting server. The hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is housed in a data center facility with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to ensure the seamless operation of the hosting server and all the web sites hosted on it.
To sum up, a hosting server will be indeed a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your website. It could be any kind of site - a corporate web site having many web pages, or a site, which has only several web pages and which you have made simply for your friends and relatives.
You've reached a decision about what your website will be, now what?
Once you have reached a decision about what kind of website you want to establish, the next step is to discover what type of web hosting service you must choose for your Internet venture. Essentially, there are two kinds of website hosting services - cost-free hosting services and professional paid web hosting services. The cost-free hosting solution is ordinarily utilized by persons that do not possess a business site.
Strong and weak sides of the charge-free hosting solution
You will not get plenty of features with a free-of-charge website hosting plan. Features like bandwidth, RAM memory and web hosting server disk space are limited and inadequate for a complex e-commerce web site or a business-related site, or even for a website with a lot of graphics. Also, there are lots of advertisement banners inserted on your website by the web hosting plans provider. These ads take up a lot of space on your site and are extremely irritating.
Shared website hosting
The paid shared website hosting services tend to be more dependable and include lots of sophisticated features in addition to the high-end server that will host your website and its data. Still, it is essential to find out which features your website demands before buying your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and wind up buying something that your site does not require.
Select your hosting vendor
Opening a hosting account
Once you have found out what features are best for your web site, the next step is to sign up for an account with the web hosting packages provider of your choosing. You will have all the needed tools for handling your website files and databases. With us, for instance, you will receive a Control Panel, which consists of domain, website, database and mail account administration areas. You log into the web hosting Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which grants you secure access to the part of the web hosting server where your web site will be hosted.
Uploading your web site
You can either upload your web site through FTP or, as is with most web hosting service providers, through a web-based tool that is integrated within the hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is extremely intuitive and offers features similar to those observed in Windows Explorer, which makes file manipulation extremely easy. We offer additionally a site building tool and a PHP-driven script installer, which you can utilize to create your website if you possess no programming abilities and are taking your first steps in web design. The online site building tool, whose name is SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of making a website on your personal computer and then uploading it through an FTP client application or the File Manager interface.