What Does Shared Hosting Denote?
If you have made a decision to launch your very own personal web site, but are not very certain about what a website is and are not aware of the term "shared hosting", this article is dedicated to defining these notions in plain English.
What precisely is a website?
A website is an amalgamation of webpages gathered in a systematic fashion. It has a unique web site address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may contain only one single webpage and sometimes may even be comprised of as many as one thousand web pages.
What is a web hosting server?
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A hosting server permits you to upload your site onto it. In some cases, there might be even thousands of websites on a single hosting server. The hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is physically located in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose task is to ensure the seamless performance of the machine and all the websites hosted on it.
In brief, a web hosting server will be indeed a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your website. It could be any kind of website - a corporate web site having a huge number of pages, or a site, which contains just several pages and which you have developed simply for your mates and relatives.
You've decided what your website will be, now what?
Once you have reached a decision about what kind of site you desire to make, the next step is to discover what type of web hosting service you must choose for your Internet endeavor. Essentially, there are two types of hosting services - free web hosting services and paid web hosting services. The free website hosting solution is usually used by users that do not have a business-related website.
Pros and cons of the free-of-charge hosting solution
You will not get many features with a cost-free website hosting plan. Features such as bandwidth, memory and hard drive storage space are limited and inadequate for a complex e-commerce site or a business web site, or even for a site with plenty of graphics. In addition, there are lots of banners incorporated in your website by the web hosting services provider. These ads occupy plenty of space on your site and are extremely frustrating.
Shared website hosting
The paid shared website hosting services are more stable and include a lot of sophisticated features apart from the high-power hosting server that will accommodate your web site and its files. Nonetheless, it is essential to find out which features your site demands before purchasing your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and end up purchasing something that your website does not need.
Select your hosting plans provider
It is not difficult to find a hosting provider. You need to just carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting vendor that satisfies your website's requirements. Before you take your actual choice, take a gaze at the parameters of the hosting plans furnished by the hosting distributors that have attracted your attention. We, for instance, are among the premier web hosting service providers on the marketplace at present. The vast assortment of hosting solutions and our prices are what renders us an attractive choice. Yet, you must verify what type of hosting service you require and if the price fits your budget. Also, you must always remember to examine the hosting service provider's TOS prior to subscribing to ensure that your website is not abusing them.
Signing up for a hosting account
Once you have determined what features are best for your site, the next step is to open an account with the hosting provider of your choosing. You will gain all the necessary tools for administering your web site files and databases. With us, for instance, you will obtain a web hosting Control Panel, which consists of domain name, web site, database and e-mail box management sections. You log into the Control Panel using a unique username and password, which gives you secure access to the part of the server where your website will be hosted.
Uploading your site
You can either upload your files via an FTP software application or, as is with the majority of hosting 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 observed in Windows Explorer, which makes file management very easy. We offer additionally a website building tool and a PHP-powered script installer, which you can use to create your website if you possess no programming knowledge and are taking your very first steps in web design. The web-based site builder, called SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of making a website on your PC and then uploading it via an FTP software program or the File Manager interface.