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How Does Web Hosting Work?
If you have decided to launch your very own website, but are not very sure about what a web site is and are not familiar with the phrase "web hosting", this article is devoted to clarifying these notions in simple English.
What exactly is a website?
A web site is a combination of webpages gathered systematically. It has a unique address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may consist of just one single webpage and sometimes may even contain as many as 1000 pages.
What is a hosting server?
A web hosting server enables you to upload your site onto it. In some instances, there might be even 1000's of websites on a single hosting server. The hosting server essentially is a computer with special hardware, which is located in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose task is to ensure the seamless operation of the server and all the sites accommodated on it.
To sum up, a web hosting server will be indeed a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your site. It could be any kind of site - a corporate web site having a lot of web pages, or a site, which has just a couple of web pages and which you have developed just for your friends and family members.
You've made a decision about what your web site will be, now what?
As soon as you have made a decision about what kind of web site you wish to develop, the next step is to find out what type of web hosting service you must choose for your Internet adventure. Essentially, there are two types of hosting services - free web hosting services and paid web hosting services. The free-of-cost website hosting solution is generally used by users that do not have a business-related website.
Strong and weak sides of the free-of-charge hosting solution
You will not obtain plenty of features with a cost-free website hosting package. Features such as web traffic, memory and data space are limited and insufficient for an elaborate ecommerce website or a corporate site, or even for a website with lots of graphics. Additionally, there are lots of banner adverts inserted on your web site by the web hosting supplier. These ads take up plenty of space on your web site and are extremely frustrating.
Shared website hosting
The paid shared website hosting services tend to be more stable and offer plenty of powerful features beside the high-power server that will host your website and its content. Nevertheless, it is essential to know which features your website demands prior to purchasing your web hosting package. You should not hurry and wind up buying something that your web site does not need.
Select your hosting supplier
Opening a website hosting account
As soon as you have found out what features are best for your site, the next move is to open an account with the hosting vendor of your preference. You will gain all the needed tools for managing your website files and databases. With us, for instance, you will receive a web hosting Control Panel, which is comprised of domain, web site, database and mailbox account management sections. You log in the Control Panel using your unique username and password, which grants you safe access to the portion of the hosting server where your web site will be located.
Uploading your website
You can either upload your website via an FTP client application or, as is with most hosting providers, through a web-based tool that is integrated within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is rather easy to use and offers features similar to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which renders file management extremely easy. We offer additionally a website builder and a PHP script installer, which you can utilize to develop your website if you possess no programming expertise and are making your first steps in web design. The web-based web site builder, whose name is SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of making a website on your computer and then uploading it using an FTP client or the File Manager tool.