Description of Web Hosting
If you have made a decision to develop your own web site, but are not very sure about what a web site is and are unfamiliar with the phrase "web hosting", this article is devoted to defining these notions in simple words.
What exactly is a website?
A website is an amalgamation of web pages brought together systematically. It has a unique web site address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may consist of only one single web page and sometimes may even contain as many as one thousand web pages.
What is a web hosting server?
A web hosting server permits you to upload your site onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of websites on one single web hosting server. The hosting server essentially is a computer with special hardware, which is housed in a data center with special cooling systems, whose mission is to safeguard the seamless functioning of the web hosting server and all the websites accommodated on it.
In brief, a hosting server will be truly a launch pad when the time comes for you to launch your website. It could be any type of website - a corporate web site containing plenty of pages, or a website, which includes only a couple of pages and which you have built just for your chums and family members.
You've decided what your site will be, now what?
Once you have made a decision about what type of website you desire to create, the next step is to find out what sort of web hosting service you have to choose for your web endeavor. Essentially, there are two kinds of website hosting services - free web hosting services and paid web hosting services. The free-of-charge web hosting solution is generally used by persons that do not possess a business website.
Upsides and downsides of the free hosting solution
You will not get a lot of features with a cost-free website hosting package. Features such as traffic, memory and hosting server hard drive storage space are restricted and insufficient for an elaborate e-commerce site or a business web site, or even for a website with a lot of graphics. Besides, there are lots of ads put on your web site by the web hosting plans provider. These ads take up a lot of space on your web site and are pretty frustrating.
Shared web hosting
The professional paid shared web hosting services are more dependable and offer a lot of advanced features aside from the high-powered hosting server that will host your website and its files. Yet, it is important to know which features your web site demands before choosing your web hosting package. You should not hurry and end up purchasing something that your website does not demand.
Find your web hosting vendor
It is not hard to find a web hosting services provider. You have to just conduct an online search in order to find a web hosting distributor that answers your site's requirements. Before you take your actual decision, check the specs of the hosting plans furnished by the hosting companies that have got your attention. We, for example, are among the top-notch hosting service providers on the market now. The broad assortment of web hosting solutions and our prices are what renders us an enthralling option. Yet, you must confirm what sort of hosting service you require and whether the price corresponds to your budget. Besides, you must always remember to read the hosting provider's Terms & Conditions before opening an account to confirm that your site is not violating them.
Opening a website hosting account
Once you have found out what features are ideal for your website, the next move is to sign up for an account with the web hosting provider of your choosing. You will be bestowed with all the essential tools for handling your files and databases. With us, for example, you will receive a web hosting Control Panel, which contains domain, website, database and e-mail management sections. You log in the web hosting Control Panel using your unique username and password, which grants you safe access to the part of the web hosting server where your site will be hosted.
Uploading your site
You can either upload your web files via an FTP client application or, as is with the majority of hosting suppliers, via a web-based tool that is integrated within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is pretty easy to use and offers features similar to those found in Windows Explorer, which makes file manipulation exceptionally easy. We offer additionally a web site building tool and a PHP-driven script installer, which you can use to build your web site if you have no programming capabilities and are making your very first steps in web design. The web-based website builder, dubbed SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of creating a web site on your PC and then uploading it using an FTP client application or the File Manager tool.