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If you have made a decision to build your own site, but are not quite certain about what a website is and are not aware of the term "shared hosting", this article is devoted to clarifying these concepts in plain language.

What exactly is a web site?

A website is an amalgamation of webpages brought together in a systematic fashion. It has a special address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may contain only one webpage and sometimes may even have as many as 1000 webpages.

What is a web hosting server?

A hosting server enables you to upload your site onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of web sites on one single hosting server. The hosting server essentially is a computer with special hardware, which is housed in a data center facility with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to safeguard the seamless operation of the server and all the sites located on it.

In short, a web hosting server will be really a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your site. It could be any sort of website - a business website containing a large number of web pages, or a website, which includes only a few pages and which you have set up just for your acquaintances and family members.

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

Once you have decided what kind of web site you wish to develop, the next step is to find out what kind of web hosting service you must choose for your online endeavor. Basically, there are two types of hosting services - free-of-cost website hosting services and paid website hosting services. The cost-free hosting solution is usually utilized by customers that do not have a business site.

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

You will not get plenty of options with a cost-free website hosting plan. Features like traffic, RAM memory and hosting server hard drive storage space are restricted and inadequate for a complex web store or a corporate site, or even for a website with a lot of artwork. In addition, there are a lot of commercials put on your site by the web hosting distributor. These advertisements occupy plenty of space on your website and are quite annoying.

Shared web hosting

The professional paid shared web hosting services tend to be more reliable and include many sophisticated features apart from the high-quality hosting server that will host your web site and its content. However, it is essential to know which features your site needs prior to buying your web hosting package. You should not rush and wind up buying something that your website does not demand.

Select your web hosting provider

It is easy to find a hosting plans provider. You have to simply conduct an online search in order to find a web hosting provider that matches your site's requirements. Before you make your actual choice, take a glance at the features of the web hosting plans furnished by the web hosting companies that have grasped your attention. We, for instance, are among the best hosting vendors on the marketplace at present. The extensive range of web hosting solutions and our prices are what renders us an attractive option. Nonetheless, you must verify what type of web hosting solution you need and if the price corresponds to your budget. Besides, you must not forget to explore the provider's Terms of Use prior to opening an account to ensure that your website is not violating them.

Opening a hosting account

Once you have found out what features are most important for your website, the next step is to open an account with the web hosting services provider of your preference. You will get all the necessary tools for handling your web site files and databases. With us, for example, you will receive a Control Panel, which has domain name, web site, database and mail account administration sections. You log into the web hosting Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which gives you secure access to the part of the web hosting server where your website will be hosted.

Uploading your website

You can either upload your site through an FTP client or, as is with most web hosting service providers, via an online tool that is integrated within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is quite easy to use and offers features comparable to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which renders file manipulation extremely easy. We offer also a site builder and a PHP-driven script installation tool, which you can use to set up your site if you possess no programming expertise and are making your first steps in web design. The web-based web site building tool, called SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of creating a web site on your PC and then uploading it using an FTP client application or the File Manager interface.

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