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Shared Hosting Explained

If you have made a decision to set up your own site, but are not quite certain about what a website is and are not aware of the expression "shared hosting", this article is devoted to clarifying these concepts in simple language.

What exactly is a web site?

A web site is a combination of webpages gathered systematically. It has a special web site address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may contain only one single webpage and sometimes may even have as many as 1000 pages.

What is a web hosting server?

A hosting server enables you to upload your web site onto it. In some instances, there might be even thousands of web sites on one single hosting server. The hosting server essentially is a computer with specific hardware, which is stored in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose task is to ensure the smooth operation of the hosting server and all the web sites hosted on it.

To sum up, 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 website - a business site having a huge number of pages, or a website, which is comprised of just a few webpages and which you have built simply for your friends and family members.

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

Once you have decided what sort of site you desire to establish, the next step is to find out what sort of web hosting service you have to select for your online endeavor. Basically, there are two types of website hosting services - free-of-charge web hosting services and paid web hosting services. The free website hosting solution is generally used by users that do not own a business website.

Strong and weak sides of the charge-free website hosting solution

You will not obtain plenty of features with a charge-free website hosting package. Features like web traffic, memory and web hosting server disk drive storage space are restricted and insufficient for a complex web store or a business website, or even for a website with plenty of graphics. Additionally, there are a lot of advertisement banners embedded on your website by the hosting provider. These advertisements take up lots of space on your web site and are quite irritating.

Shared website hosting

The professional paid shared website hosting services are more dependable and include numerous powerful features in addition to the high-quality server that will accommodate your site and its data. Yet, it is important to know which features your website needs before choosing your web hosting package. You should not rush and end up investing cash in something that your website does not require.

Choose your hosting distributor

It is not tough to find a hosting supplier. You have to simply carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting company that answers your website's demands. Before you make your actual choice, have a glance at the specs of the web hosting plans offered by the hosting vendors that have got your interest. We, for instance, are among the leading hosting providers on the marketplace now. The big array of web hosting solutions and our prices are what renders us an appealing choice. Nonetheless, you must determine what sort of web hosting solution you require and whether the price corresponds to your allowance. In addition, you must not forget to go through the web hosting company's Terms & Conditions before signing up to ensure that your web site is not violating them.

Opening a hosting account

As soon as 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 be given all the necessary tools for handling your website files and databases. With us, for example, you will get a web hosting Control Panel, which consists of domain, web site, database and mailbox account administration areas. 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 web hosting server where your web site will be hosted.

Uploading your website

You can either upload your website files through an FTP client application or, as is with the majority of hosting service providers, through a web-based tool that is included within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is extremely user-friendly and offers features similar to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which renders file manipulation exceptionally easy. We offer also a site building tool and a PHP-based script installer, which you can utilize to create your site if you possess no programming knowledge and are making your first steps in web design. The online web site building tool, whose name is SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of making a web site on your PC and then uploading it via an FTP client or the File Manager tool.