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How Does Web Hosting Work?

If you have made a decision to establish your very own website, but are not very sure about what a web site is and are not aware of the term "web hosting", this article is devoted to explaining these notions in plain language.

What precisely is a website?

A website is a collection of webpages assembled in a systematic fashion. It has a unique web address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may have just one single webpage and sometimes may even consist of as many as one thousand pages.

What is a web hosting server?

A web hosting server permits you to upload your website 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 specific hardware, which is physically located in a data center with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to ensure the seamless operation of the web hosting server and all the web sites located on it.

In short, a web hosting server will be truly a launch pad when the time comes for you to launch your site. It could be any kind of site - a corporate site consisting of numerous web pages, or a web site, which is comprised of only a couple of pages and which you have set up simply for your buddies and relatives.

You've decided what your web site will be, now what?

As soon as you have reached a decision about what sort of web site you would like to launch, the next move is to find out what kind of web hosting service you must select for your Internet project. Essentially, there are two kinds of web hosting services - cost-free hosting services and paid website hosting services. The charge-free website hosting solution is generally utilized by users that do not own a business-related site.

Positive and negative aspects of the cost-free web hosting solution

You will not receive a lot of features with a free hosting package. Features such as web traffic, RAM memory and server space are limited and insufficient for a complex e-commerce site or a corporate website, or even for a site with plenty of graphics. Moreover, there are a lot of web banners incorporated in your website by the hosting accounts provider. These ads take up a lot of space on your website and are extremely embarrassing.

Shared website hosting

The paid shared website hosting services are more stable and offer numerous advanced features in addition to the high-powered web hosting server that will host your web site and its content. Still, it is essential to know which features your website needs before buying your web hosting package. You should not rush and end up investing cash in something that your web site does not require.

Select your web hosting vendor

It is not tough to find a web hosting vendor. You need to simply conduct an online search in order to find a web hosting supplier that satisfies your website's demands. Before you make your actual decision, check the parameters of the plans delivered by the hosting providers that have made you an impression. We, for instance, are among the best website hosting providers on the marketplace nowadays. The immense assortment of hosting solutions and our prices are what renders us an appealing choice. Even so, you must confirm what type of web hosting service you require and whether the price fits your allowance. Furthermore, you must not forget to read the web hosting supplier's Terms of Use prior to signing up to confirm that your site is not violating them.

Opening a web hosting account

As soon as you have found out what features are best for your site, the next step is to open an account with the hosting distributor of your preference. You will be bestowed with all the needed tools for handling your website files and databases. With us, for example, you will obtain a web hosting Control Panel, which consists of domain name, web site, database and e-mailbox management sections. You log in the web hosting Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which grants you secure access to the part of the hosting server where your website will be hosted.

Uploading your site

You can either upload your files via an FTP client application or, as is with most web hosting providers, through a web-based tool that is included within the hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is extremely easy to use and offers features similar to those observed in Windows Explorer, which renders file manipulation very easy. We offer additionally a site building tool and a PHP script installer, which you can use to create your site if you have no programming expertise and are making your very first steps in web design. The online site builder, whose name is SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of making a web site on your computer and then uploading it through an FTP software application or the File Manager interface.