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How Shared Hosting Functions

If you have decided to create your very own site, but are not quite sure about what a website is and are unfamiliar with the term "shared hosting", this article is devoted to explaining these notions in plain language.

What exactly is a web site?

A web site is an amalgamation of webpages gathered in a systematic fashion. It has a special web address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may have just one web page and sometimes may even include as many as one thousand pages.

What is a web hosting server?

A hosting server enables you to upload your site onto it. In some instances, 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 held in a data center with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to safeguard the smooth functioning of the hosting server and all the websites accommodated 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 web site - a corporate website having lots of web pages, or a website, which contains just a few web pages and which you have created simply for your acquaintances and relatives.

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

Once you have made a decision about what sort of site you wish to build, the next step is to discover what type of web hosting service you must choose for your online endeavor. Basically, there are two types of web hosting services - cost-free web hosting services and professional paid web hosting services. The free-of-cost website hosting solution is generally utilized by users that do not have a business-related site.

Strong and weak sides of the free-of-charge website hosting solution

You will not receive many features with a cost-free website hosting plan. Features such as traffic, RAM memory and web server hard drive space are limited and insufficient for a complex web store or a corporate website, or even for a site with plenty of graphics. What's more, there are a lot of banner ads inserted on your web site by the hosting distributor. These advertisements take up a lot of space on your site and are very frustrating.

Shared web hosting

The paid shared web hosting services tend to be more dependable and include many advanced features aside from the high-end hosting server that will accommodate your website and its files. Nevertheless, it is important to know which features your web site needs before purchasing your web hosting plan. You should not rush and wind up paying for something that your website does not need.

Choose your web hosting supplier

It is not difficult to find a hosting solutions provider. You need to just conduct an online survey in order to find a web hosting services provider that satisfies your site's requirements. Before you make your actual decision, have a glimpse at the specifications of the packages provided by the web hosting suppliers that have grabbed your attention. We, for example, are among the top website hosting providers on the market at the moment. The vast variety of services and our prices are what renders us an enticing choice. Nevertheless, you must ascertain what sort of hosting service you need and whether the price matches your budget. Moreover, you must not forget to read the hosting supplier's Terms of Use prior to opening an account to make sure that your site is not violating them.

Signing up for a web hosting account

As soon as you have determined what features are best for your site, the next move is to open an account with the web hosting accounts provider of your choice. You will receive all the important tools for managing your web site files and databases. With us, for instance, you will obtain a Control Panel, which comprises domain, website, database and e-mail box account administration areas. You log in the web hosting Control Panel using your unique user name and password, which grants you secure access to the part of the server where your site will be hosted.

Uploading your site

You can either upload your website via an FTP software program or, as is with most web hosting service providers, via an online tool that is integrated within the hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is quite easy to use and offers features similar to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which makes file manipulation exceptionally easy. We offer additionally a website building tool and a PHP-powered script installer, which you can utilize to create your site if you possess no programming skills and are taking your very first steps in web design. The online website building tool, whose name is SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of creating a website on your PC and then uploading it via FTP client software or the File Manager interface.