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If you have decided to create your very own personal site, but are not quite certain about what a web site is and are not familiar with the term "shared hosting", this article is devoted to defining these concepts in simple words.

What precisely is a web site?

A web site is a combination of webpages assembled in a systematic fashion. It has a unique web site address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may be comprised of just one single web page and sometimes may even consist of as many as one thousand pages.

What is a hosting server?

A web hosting server permits you to upload your web site onto it. In some cases, there might be even thousands of web sites on a single web hosting server. The hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is held in a data center facility with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to ensure the smooth operation of the hosting server and all the sites located on it.

To summarize, a web hosting server will be truly a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your site. It could be any sort of website - a corporate web site containing a large number of webpages, or a site, which consists of only a couple of pages and which you have built just for your mates and family members.

You've decided what your website will be, now what?

As soon as you have reached a decision about what kind of website you would like to set up, the next move is to discover what type of web hosting service you must choose for your Internet project. Basically, there are two sorts of hosting services - free-of-charge web hosting services and paid website hosting services. The charge-free web hosting solution is generally utilized by persons that do not own a business-related site.

Pros and cons of the free website hosting solution

You will not receive many features with a free-of-charge hosting package. Features like bandwidth, RAM memory and hosting server hard disk storage space are limited and insufficient for an elaborate e-commerce site or a business-related web site, or even for a site with plenty of graphics. Also, there are lots of commercials inserted on your web site by the hosting accounts provider. These adverts occupy a lot of space on your website and are very frustrating.

Shared website hosting

The paid shared website hosting services tend to be more dependable and include numerous advanced features in addition to the high-power hosting server that will host your website and its data. Still, it is essential to know which features your website needs before purchasing your web hosting package. You should not rush and wind up spending money on something that your website does not require.

Find your web hosting vendor

It is not tough to find a hosting distributor. You have to just carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting distributor that answers your website's demands. Before you make your actual decision, take a look at the specs of the hosting packages furnished by the hosting companies that have grasped your interest. We, for instance, are among the leading web hosting companies on the market now. The large selection of hosting solutions and our prices are what renders us an enticing choice. Even so, you must ascertain what kind of web hosting service you need and whether the price fits your budget. Moreover, you must not forget to examine the web hosting service provider's ToS before registering to confirm that your site is not abusing them.

Opening a web hosting account

Once you have determined what features are ideal for your web site, the next step is to sign up for an account with the web hosting solutions provider of your preference. You will get all the important tools for administering your website files and databases. With us, for instance, you will receive a hosting Control Panel, which is comprised of domain name, web site, database and e-mailbox account management sections. You log in the Control Panel using your unique user name and password, which grants you safe access to the portion of the hosting server where your site will be hosted.

Uploading your web site

You can either upload your web site via an FTP client or, as is with most web hosting suppliers, via a web-based tool that is integrated within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is quite intuitive and offers features similar to those observed in Windows Explorer, which makes file management extremely easy. We offer additionally a site building tool and a PHP-driven script installer, which you can use to develop your web site if you have no programming skills and are making your first steps in web design. The web-based site building tool, called SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of creating a web site on your personal computer and then uploading it through FTP or the File Manager interface.

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