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How Shared Web Hosting Functions

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If you have made a decision to create your own web site, but are not very certain about what a web site is and are unfamiliar with the expression "shared web hosting", this article is dedicated to clarifying these concepts in plain English.

What exactly is a web site?

A web site is a collection of web pages brought together systematically. It has a unique address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may have just one single web page and sometimes may even have as many as one thousand web pages.

What is a hosting server?

A hosting server permits you to upload your site onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of web sites on a single hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is physically located in a data center facility with special cooling systems, whose task is to safeguard the smooth operation of the machine and all the web sites located on it.

In brief, a hosting server will be truly a launching pad when the time arrives for you to launch your site. It could be any sort of website - a business web site consisting of a lot of web pages, or a web site, which has only several pages and which you have made just for your acquaintances and relatives.

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

As soon as you have made a decision about what sort of website you would like to launch, the next step is to find out what type of web hosting service you have to choose for your online project. Essentially, there are two kinds of website hosting services - free-of-charge web hosting services and paid website hosting services. The charge-free website hosting solution is generally used by clients that do not possess a business web site.

Strong and weak sides of the free-of-cost web hosting solution

You will not receive lots of options with a cost-free website hosting package. Features such as traffic, memory and hosting server disk drive storage space are restricted and insufficient for an elaborate online shop or a business-related website, or even for a site with a lot of artwork. Besides, there are lots of adverts incorporated in your website by the web hosting company. These advertisements take up plenty of space on your site and are quite frustrating.

Shared web hosting

The professional paid shared web hosting services tend to be more dependable and offer lots of powerful features beside the high-quality web hosting server that will accommodate your web site and its files. In spite of that, it is essential to find out which features your site demands prior to choosing your web hosting package. You should not rush and end up spending cash on something that your site does not demand.

Pick your web hosting accounts provider

It is not tough to find a web hosting solutions provider. You have to simply conduct an online survey in order to find a web hosting vendor that fulfills your web site's demands. Before you take your actual decision, have a glimpse at the features of the hosting packages delivered by the hosting suppliers that have caught your eye. We, for instance, are among the top-notch hosting distributors on the marketplace these days. The enormous assortment of web hosting solutions and our prices are what renders us an alluring option. Nonetheless, you must verify what sort of web hosting service you require and whether the price fits your budget. What is more, you must always remember to examine the hosting company's Terms & Conditions prior to subscribing to make certain that your web site is not abusing them.

Signing up for a hosting account

Once you have determined what features are optimal for your site, the next move is to open an account with the web hosting provider of your choosing. You will acquire all the necessary tools for managing your web site files and databases. With us, for example, you will get a web hosting Control Panel, which includes domain, web site, database and mailbox account management sections. You log in the Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which grants you safe access to the part of the web hosting server where your website will be hosted.

Uploading your web site

You can either upload your site through FTP or, as is with most web hosting vendors, via a web-based tool that is included within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is pretty intuitive and offers features comparable to those found in Windows Explorer, which makes file manipulation exceptionally easy. We offer also a website building tool and a PHP-powered script installer, which you can utilize to build your site if you possess no programming skills and are making your very first steps in web design. The web-based website building tool, dubbed SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of making a web site on your PC and then uploading it through an FTP software application or the File Manager interface.

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