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Definition of Shared Web Hosting
If you have decided to launch your very own personal website, but are not quite certain about what a website is and are not aware of the term "shared web hosting", this article is dedicated to explaining these concepts in plain words.
What precisely is a web site?
A web site is a collection of webpages assembled in a systematic fashion. It has a special website address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may be comprised of just one webpage and sometimes may even consist of as many as 1000 pages.
What is a hosting server?
A hosting server enables you to upload your web site onto it. In some instances, there might be even 1000's of sites on one single web hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is located in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose mission is to safeguard the seamless performance of the hosting server and all the websites located on it.
To sum up, a web hosting server will be indeed a launching pad when the time arrives for you to launch your site. It could be any kind of website - a corporate web site consisting of multiple web pages, or a website, which has only several webpages and which you have developed simply for your friends and family members.
You've decided what your site will be, now what?
Once you have decided what sort of website you wish to make, the next move is to find out what sort of web hosting service you must pick for your online endeavor. Basically, there are two kinds of web hosting services - charge-free hosting services and paid website hosting services. The charge-free hosting solution is typically used by individuals that do not possess a business site.
Advantages and disadvantages of the cost-free web hosting solution
You will not get plenty of options with a charge-free website hosting plan. Features like traffic, RAM memory and hosting server storage space are limited and insufficient for an elaborate e-shop or a business website, or even for a site with lots of graphics. What's more, there are a lot of adverts inserted on your website by the hosting solutions provider. These advertisements occupy a lot of space on your site and are rather embarrassing.
Shared web hosting
The professional paid shared web hosting services are more reliable and offer a lot of advanced features beside the high-quality server that will host your website and its data. Nevertheless, it is important to know which features your web site needs before choosing your web hosting package. You should not rush and end up purchasing something that your website does not require.
Pick your web hosting provider
It is not hard to find a web hosting distributor. You need to just carry out an online search in order to find a web hosting vendor that matches your site's requirements. Before you take your actual decision, have a look at the specs of the web hosting plans provided by the hosting suppliers that have grasped your interest. We, for example, are among the premier website hosting providers on the market as of now. The extensive selection of services and our prices are what renders us an attractive option. However, you must determine what kind of hosting service you require and if the price fits your budget. Also, you must always remember to read the hosting service provider's ToS before signing up to ensure that your website is not abusing them.
Signing up for a web hosting account
As soon as you have determined what features are optimal for your web site, the next step is to open an account with the web hosting services provider of your choice. You will get all the necessary tools for administering your web site files and databases. With us, for instance, you will get a web hosting Control Panel, which has domain name, website, database and e-mailbox administration areas. 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 located.
Uploading your web site
You can either upload your web files through an FTP software application or, as is with most hosting service providers, through an online tool that is included within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is quite easy to use and offers features similar to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which renders file manipulation extremely easy. We offer also a website builder and a PHP-driven script installation tool, which you can use to set up your website if you possess no programming capabilities and are making your very first steps in web design. The web-based site builder, dubbed SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of making a website on your PC and then uploading it using FTP or the File Manager interface.