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If you have decided to launch your very own personal website, but are not very sure about what a web site is and are not familiar with the term "shared web hosting", this article is dedicated to defining these concepts in plain language.

What precisely is a website?

A website is an amalgamation of web pages brought together in a systematic fashion. It has a unique web site address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may have only one webpage and sometimes may even contain as many as 1000 webpages.

What is a web hosting server?

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

To sum up, a web hosting server will be really a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your website. It could be any type of website - a business site having a huge number of pages, or a site, which consists of only several web pages and which you have created just for your buddies and relatives.

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

As soon as you have decided what sort of site you want to make, the next move is to discover what sort of web hosting service you must pick for your online endeavor. Basically, there are two kinds of web hosting services - free-of-charge website hosting services and professional paid hosting services. The free-of-cost website hosting solution is ordinarily used by persons that do not own a business-related website.

Upsides and downsides of the charge-free website hosting solution

You will not get plenty of options with a free-of-cost website hosting package. Features like traffic, memory and server hard drive space are limited and insufficient for a complex web store or a business-related site, or even for a website with a lot of graphics. Also, there are a lot of web banners placed on your web site by the hosting vendor. These ads take up lots of space on your web site and are rather irritating.

Shared website hosting

The paid shared website hosting services tend to be more reliable and offer lots of sophisticated features in addition to the high-end hosting server that will accommodate your website and its files. In spite of that, it is essential to know which features your site demands before selecting your web hosting package. You should not hurry and wind up investing cash in something that your website does not need.

Choose your web 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 services provider that satisfies your site's requirements. Before you make your actual choice, have a look at the specifications of the packages furnished by the web hosting companies that have grabbed your attention. We, for example, are among the leading hosting suppliers on the marketplace these days. The vast assortment of services and our prices are what makes us an appealing option. Nevertheless, you must establish what type of hosting service you need and whether the price matches your allowance. Also, you must always remember to examine the hosting distributor's Terms of Service before signing up to ensure that your site is not violating them.

Opening a web hosting account

As soon as you have found out what features are ideal for your site, the next step is to open an account with the web hosting plans provider of your choice. You will receive all the essential tools for managing your files and databases. With us, for example, you will get a Control Panel, which has domain, web site, database and email mailbox account management sections. You log into the Control Panel using your unique username and password, which grants you safe access to the part of the hosting server where your web site will be hosted.

Uploading your web site

You can either upload your files via FTP or, as is with most web hosting service providers, through a web-based tool that is included within the hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is rather easy to use and offers features comparable to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which renders file management very easy. We offer additionally a web site builder and a PHP-based script installation tool, which you can use to set up your web site if you possess no programming experience and are taking your very first steps in web design. The web-based website builder, dubbed SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of creating a website on your computer and then uploading it through an FTP client or the File Manager interface.

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