What Precisely is Hosting?
If you have decided to establish your own personal website, but are not quite certain about what a website is and are unfamiliar with the expression "hosting", this article is devoted to defining these notions in simple terms.
What precisely is a website?
A web site is a collection of webpages assembled systematically. It has a unique web address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may contain only one web page and sometimes may even include as many as a thousand web pages.
What is a hosting server?
A hosting server enables you to upload your site onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of sites on one single hosting server. The hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is located in a data center facility with special cooling systems, whose task is to safeguard the seamless operation of the server and all the sites hosted on it.
To sum up, a web hosting server will be indeed a launching 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 web pages, or a website, which consists of just several web pages and which you have created simply for your mates and family members.
You've reached a decision about what your web site will be, now what?
Once you have decided what type of website you would like to establish, the next move is to discover what sort of web hosting service you have to choose for your web adventure. Essentially, there are two kinds of website hosting services - charge-free hosting services and professional paid website hosting services. The free-of-charge hosting solution is ordinarily used by individuals that do not have a business site.
Upsides and downsides of the cost-free hosting solution
You will not receive plenty of options with a free-of-charge website hosting plan. Features such as traffic, memory and web server disk storage space are restricted and inadequate for an elaborate ecommerce site or a corporate website, or even for a web site with lots of graphics. Besides, there are a lot of ads inserted on your website by the hosting company. These ads occupy a lot of space on your web site and are rather embarrassing.
Shared website hosting
The paid shared website hosting services are more stable and offer many sophisticated features in addition to the high-powered hosting server that will accommodate your website and its content. Even so, it is important to find out which features your website demands prior to selecting your web hosting package. You should not hurry and wind up spending money on something that your website does not require.
Select your web hosting services provider
It is not hard to find a hosting provider. You have to simply carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting company that satisfies your site's needs. Before you make your actual decision, go through the specs of the web hosting packages furnished by the hosting companies that have seized your attention. We, for instance, are among the premier hosting companies on the market at the moment. The broad array of web hosting services and our prices are what renders us an appealing option. Still, you must verify what type of hosting service you require and whether the price fits your budget. What is more, you must not forget to double-check the hosting supplier's Terms & Conditions before registering to verify that your website is not abusing them.
Opening a web hosting account
Once you have determined what features are optimal for your site, the next move is to open an account with the hosting vendor of your choice. You will have all the important tools for handling your web site files and databases. With us, for example, you will get a Control Panel, which consists of domain, web site, database and mailbox account administration areas. You log in the Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which gives you secure access to the portion of the web hosting server where your web site will be hosted.
Uploading your website
You can either upload your web site files through FTP client software or, as is with most web hosting service providers, through a web-based tool that is integrated within the hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is pretty intuitive and offers features similar to those found in Windows Explorer, which renders file manipulation very easy. We offer additionally a web site builder and a PHP-driven script installer, which you can use to create your website if you possess no programming knowledge and are making your very first steps in web design. The web-based site builder, dubbed SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of making a website on your personal computer and then uploading it using an FTP client application or the File Manager interface.