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If you have decided to develop your very own website, but are not very sure about what a website is and are not aware of the term "hosting", this article is devoted to explaining these concepts in simple words.
What precisely is a web site?
A website is a collection of web pages gathered in a systematic fashion. It has a special website address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may consist of only one single webpage and sometimes may even contain as many as one thousand webpages.
What is a web hosting server?
A hosting server permits you to upload your website onto it. In some instances, there might be even 1000's of web sites on a single hosting server. The web hosting server essentially is a computer with special hardware, which is held in a data center facility with special cooling systems, whose mission is to safeguard the smooth performance of the web hosting server and all the websites hosted on it.
In brief, a hosting server will be really a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your website. It could be any kind of web site - a corporate website containing plenty of web pages, or a website, which contains just several web pages and which you have built simply for your pals and family members.
You've made a decision about what your website will be, now what?
Once you have decided what type of website you desire to make, the next move is to find out what sort of web hosting service you have to choose for your Internet venture. Essentially, there are two kinds of website hosting services - free-of-charge website hosting services and paid hosting services. The free-of-charge web hosting solution is typically utilized by clients that do not possess a business site.
Advantages and disadvantages of the free-of-charge hosting solution
You will not obtain lots of features with a free-of-charge website hosting package. Features like bandwidth, memory and hosting server storage space are restricted and insufficient for a complex e-commerce web site or a business web site, or even for a website with plenty of graphics. Moreover, there are lots of commercials put on your site by the web hosting plans provider. These adverts take up a lot of space on your site and are pretty irritating.
The paid shared hosting services are more stable and include a lot of powerful features aside from the high-powered hosting server that will host your site and its files. Nonetheless, it is essential to find out which features your site needs prior to buying your web hosting plan. You should not rush and end up investing in something that your website does not demand.
Pick your hosting packages provider
Opening a website hosting account
Once you have found out what features are optimal for your website, the next move is to open an account with the hosting services provider of your choosing. You will be given all the necessary tools for managing your web site files and databases. With us, for example, you will receive a hosting Control Panel, which has domain name, website, database and email box account management sections. You log into the hosting Control Panel using your unique user name and password, which grants you safe access to the part of the server where your website will be hosted.
Uploading your web site
You can either upload your site via an FTP program or, as is with most hosting distributors, via a web-based tool that is integrated within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is quite user-friendly and offers features similar to those found in Windows Explorer, which renders file management exceptionally easy. We offer also a web site building tool and a PHP-driven script installer, which you can use to develop your website if you have no programming capabilities and are making your first steps in web design. The online site builder, dubbed SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of creating a website on your computer and then uploading it using FTP or the File Manager interface.