How Does Shared Hosting Function?
If you have made a decision to establish your very own web site, but are not very certain about what a web site is and are unfamiliar with the phrase "shared hosting", this article is dedicated to defining these concepts in plain terms.
What precisely is a web site?
A web site is a combination of webpages gathered in a systematic fashion. It has a special web address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may be comprised of only one single web page and sometimes may even consist of as many as a thousand web pages.
What is a web hosting server?
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A web hosting server enables you to upload your site onto it. In some cases, there might be even thousands of websites on one single hosting server. The hosting server essentially is a computer with specific hardware, which is physically located in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose task is to safeguard the seamless functioning of the hosting server and all the web sites accommodated on it.
To sum up, a hosting server will be indeed a launching pad when the time comes for you to launch your web site. It could be any kind of site - a business web site containing lots of webpages, or a site, which has only a couple of pages and which you have developed simply for your mates and family members.
You've reached a decision about what your website will be, now what?
As soon as you have made a decision about what sort of web site you would like to establish, the next move is to find out what kind of web hosting service you must pick for your Internet adventure. Essentially, there are two kinds of website hosting services - free-of-cost website hosting services and professional paid website hosting services. The charge-free website hosting solution is normally used by customers that do not possess a business-related web site.
Pluses and minuses of the free website hosting solution
You will not receive lots of options with a cost-free hosting plan. Features like traffic, RAM memory and web server space are restricted and inadequate for an elaborate Internet shop or a business-related site, or even for a site with a lot of graphics. Furthermore, there are a lot of ads incorporated in your web site by the web hosting services provider. These adverts occupy a lot of space on your website and are pretty frustrating.
Shared web hosting
The professional paid shared web hosting services are more reliable and offer many powerful features beside the high-quality web hosting server that will host your site and its data. However, it is essential to find out which features your site needs before buying your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and wind up spending money on something that your website does not need.
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Opening a web hosting account
Once you have determined what features are best for your site, the next move is to sign up for an account with the hosting packages provider of your preference. You will gain all the necessary tools for managing your web site files and databases. With us, for instance, you will get a hosting Control Panel, which includes domain, web site, database and e-mail account management sections. You log in the web hosting Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which grants you secure access to the part of the hosting server where your website will be hosted.
Uploading your web site
You can either upload your web files through an FTP client 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 easy to use and offers features similar to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which makes file management extremely easy. We offer additionally a site building tool and a PHP script installer, which you can utilize to build your website if you have no programming experience and are taking your very first steps in web design. The web-based web site builder, whose name is SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of creating a web site on your PC and then uploading it via FTP or the File Manager interface.