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Shared Web Hosting Explained

If you have decided to launch your own website, but are not very certain about what a web site is and are unfamiliar with the phrase "shared web hosting", this article is dedicated to defining these notions in plain words.

What precisely is a web site?

A website is a collection of webpages brought together systematically. It has a special address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may be comprised of only one webpage and sometimes may even include as many as one thousand web pages.

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A hosting server enables you to upload your web site onto it. In some cases, there might be even thousands of sites on one single web hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is situated in a data center with special cooling systems, whose mission is to safeguard the seamless functioning of the hosting server and all the websites hosted on it.

To summarize, a hosting server will be really a launch pad when the time comes for you to launch your site. It could be any type of website - a corporate site having plenty of pages, or a web site, which contains only a few pages and which you have set up simply for your pals and family members.

You've made a decision about what your website will be, now what?

As soon as you have made a decision about what type of website you want to build, the next move is to find out what type of web hosting service you must select for your web adventure. Essentially, there are two kinds of website hosting services - free-of-cost web hosting services and paid web hosting services. The free-of-cost website hosting solution is ordinarily used by customers that do not have a business-related website.

Positive and negative sides of the cost-free website hosting solution

You will not obtain lots of features with a charge-free website hosting plan. Features like bandwidth, RAM memory and web hosting server hard drive space are limited and inadequate for a complex online store or a business website, or even for a web site with a lot of graphics. Also, there are lots of banner commercials inserted on your web site by the web hosting packages provider. These advertisements occupy plenty of space on your web site and are extremely frustrating.

Shared website hosting

The professional paid shared website hosting services tend to be more dependable and include many sophisticated features apart from the high-end server that will accommodate your web site and its data. Still, it is essential to know which features your site needs prior to buying your web hosting package. You should not hurry and wind up investing cash in something that your website does not need.

Find your hosting packages provider

It is not tough to find a hosting provider. You need to just carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting vendor that meets your web site's demands. Before you take your actual decision, have a look at the specs of the web hosting packages provided by the hosting companies that have caught your interest. We, for example, are among the leading web hosting providers on the marketplace now. The vast array of services and our prices are what makes us an attractive choice. Yet, you must confirm what kind of web hosting service you require and whether the price matches your allowance. Also, you must not forget to double-check the hosting supplier's ToS before opening an account to make certain that your site is not abusing them.

Signing up for a web hosting account

Once you have found out what features are optimal for your website, the next step is to open an account with the web hosting packages provider of your choosing. You will be bestowed with all the needed tools for handling your files and databases. With us, for instance, you will receive a web hosting Control Panel, which is comprised of domain, web site, database and mail account management sections. You log in the web hosting Control Panel using your unique user name and password, which grants you safe access to the part of the web hosting server where your website will be located.

Uploading your site

You can either upload your files through an FTP software program or, as is with most hosting distributors, through an online tool that is integrated within the 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 management very easy. We offer also a web site building tool and a PHP-based script installation tool, which you can use to create your website if you have no programming expertise and are taking your very first steps in web design. The online web site building tool, whose name is SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of creating a web site on your personal computer and then uploading it through an FTP software application or the File Manager tool.