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What Exactly is Shared Hosting?

If you have made a decision to launch your own web site, but are not quite sure about what a web site is and are not aware of the expression "shared hosting", this article is dedicated to defining these notions in plain English.

What precisely is a web site?

A website is a collection of web pages assembled systematically. It has a unique web site address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may include just one single webpage and sometimes may even be comprised of as many as 1000 pages.

What is a web hosting server?

A hosting server enables you to upload your website onto it. In some instances, there might be even 1000's of websites on one single web hosting server. The hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is kept in a data center with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to ensure the seamless performance of the web hosting server and all the websites accommodated on it.

To summarize, a web hosting server will be indeed a launching pad when the time arrives for you to launch your website. It could be any sort of site - a corporate web site consisting of a large number of webpages, or a site, which is comprised of only a couple of webpages and which you have made just for your pals and family members.

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

As soon as you have reached a decision about what sort of website you would like to launch, the next move is to find out what type of web hosting service you must choose for your Internet venture. Basically, there are two sorts of website hosting services - free-of-charge website hosting services and professional paid web hosting services. The free-of-charge web hosting solution is ordinarily utilized by clients that do not have a business site.

Positive and negative sides of the cost-free website hosting solution

You will not get a lot of options with a free hosting plan. Features like traffic, RAM memory and web server disk storage space are limited and inadequate for an elaborate e-shop or a business-related website, or even for a website with plenty of graphics. Moreover, there are a lot of banners put on your web site by the web hosting solutions provider. These ads occupy lots of space on your website and are rather irritating.

Shared hosting

The paid shared hosting services are more stable and include many powerful features beside the high-end hosting server that will host your web site and its content. Nevertheless, it is essential to find out which features your web site needs before purchasing your web hosting package. You should not rush and wind up buying something that your web site does not need.

Select your hosting vendor

It is not tough to find a web host. You need to simply carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting provider that fulfills your web site's requirements. Before you take your actual choice, check the specs of the web hosting packages furnished by the hosting service providers that have grasped your interest. We, for instance, are among the premier web hosting companies on the market these days. The big array of hosting services and our prices are what makes us an appealing option. However, you must confirm what type of web hosting solution you require and whether the price fits your allowance. Moreover, you must always remember to check the provider's Terms & Conditions before opening an account to make sure that your web site is not abusing them.

Opening a website hosting account

As soon as you have determined what features are most important for your site, the next move is to sign up for an account with the hosting distributor of your choice. You will receive all the essential tools for administering your web site files and databases. With us, for instance, you will receive a web hosting Control Panel, which consists of domain, website, database and e-mail box account management areas. You log in the hosting Control Panel using your unique user name and password, which gives you safe access to the part of the hosting server where your website will be located.

Uploading your web site

You can either upload your website files via an FTP software application or, as is with the majority of web hosting providers, via an online tool that is integrated within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is rather easy to use and offers features comparable to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which makes file manipulation extremely easy. We offer additionally a site builder and a PHP-based script installation tool, which you can utilize to develop your website if you have no programming skills and are taking your 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 personal computer and then uploading it through FTP or the File Manager interface.