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If you have decided to set up your own web site, but are not quite certain about what a website is and are unfamiliar with the phrase "shared hosting", this article is devoted to defining these notions in simple words.

What exactly is a website?

A web site is a combination of web pages brought together systematically. It has a unique address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may have only one web page and sometimes may even consist of as many as a thousand web pages.

What is a web hosting server?

A hosting server enables you to upload your web site 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 located in a datacenter with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to safeguard the seamless functioning of the server and all the websites located on it.

In short, a 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 corporate website containing plenty of web pages, or a website, which is comprised of only several pages and which you have built just for your comrades and family members.

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

Once you have reached a decision about what kind of web site you want to launch, the next move is to discover what type of web hosting service you have to pick for your online project. Basically, there are two sorts of web hosting services - charge-free website hosting services and professional paid web hosting services. The free-of-cost website hosting solution is typically used by persons that do not own a business-related web site.

Positive and negative aspects of the free web hosting solution

You will not obtain many options with a cost-free hosting plan. Features like bandwidth, RAM memory and web hosting space are limited and insufficient for an elaborate online shop or a business-related site, or even for a website with lots of graphics. Besides, there are lots of web banners put on your web site by the web hosting vendor. These adverts occupy a lot of space on your site and are extremely annoying.

Shared website hosting

The professional paid shared website hosting services tend to be more stable and offer many sophisticated features beside the high-end server that will accommodate your web site and its content. However, it is essential to find out which features your site needs before purchasing your web hosting plan. You should not rush and wind up paying for something that your site does not need.

Select your web hosting provider

It is easy to find a web hosting supplier. You need to just carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting vendor that meets your site's requirements. Before you take your actual choice, have a look at the features of the plans offered by the hosting service providers that have attracted your attention. We, for example, are among the best hosting providers on the market at present. The extensive selection of services and our prices are what makes us an appealing option. Nevertheless, you must ascertain what type of hosting solution you need and whether the price matches your budget. What is more, you must not forget to explore the service provider's Terms of Service prior to signing up to ensure that your website is not violating them.

Signing up for a web hosting account

As soon as you have determined what features are optimal for your site, the next step is to open an account with the hosting distributor of your choosing. You will obtain all the important tools for managing your web site files and databases. With us, for instance, you will obtain a hosting Control Panel, which has domain, website, database and e-mailbox management areas. You log into the web hosting Control Panel using a unique username and password, which gives you secure access to the portion of the web hosting server where your website will be hosted.

Uploading your site

You can either upload your website files via an FTP client or, as is with the majority of web hosting distributors, via an online tool that is included within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is pretty user-friendly and offers features comparable to those observed in Windows Explorer, which makes file manipulation very easy. We offer also a website builder and a PHP-driven script installation tool, which you can use to set up your site if you possess no programming knowledge 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 making a web site on your PC and then uploading it using an FTP software application or the File Manager interface.

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