Shared Web Hosting Revealed
If you have decided to develop your own personal site, but are not very certain about what a website is and are not familiar with the phrase "shared web hosting", this article is dedicated to defining these notions in plain words.
What exactly is a website?
A web site is an amalgamation of webpages gathered systematically. It has a special website address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may contain just one web page and sometimes may even have as many as one thousand webpages.
What is a web hosting server?
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
A web hosting server enables you to upload your site onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of web sites on a single hosting server. The hosting server essentially is a computer with special hardware, which is placed in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to ensure the seamless operation of the machine and all the websites accommodated on it.
To sum up, a web hosting server will be truly a launching pad when the time comes for you to launch your web site. It could be any kind of website - a corporate website having a lot of webpages, or a site, which consists of only several web pages and which you have created simply for your comrades and family members.
You've decided what your web site will be, now what?
As soon as you have decided what kind of website you would like to set up, the next step is to discover what kind of web hosting service you have to pick for your Internet venture. Basically, there are two types of website hosting services - charge-free web hosting services and professional paid website hosting services. The free-of-charge website hosting solution is usually utilized by persons that do not possess a business web site.
Pluses and minuses of the cost-free website hosting solution
You will not obtain a lot of features with a free-of-cost hosting plan. Features such as web traffic, RAM memory and web hosting storage space are restricted and insufficient for a complex online store or a business-related site, or even for a site with a lot of graphics. What's more, there are lots of web banners placed on your site by the web hosting supplier. These ads occupy plenty of space on your web site and are quite frustrating.
The professional paid shared hosting services are more dependable and include many powerful features apart from the high-power server that will accommodate your web site and its files. Nonetheless, it is important to know which features your site demands prior to selecting your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and wind up spending cash on something that your web site does not require.
Select your web hosting services provider
It is not difficult to find a web hosting supplier. You have to simply carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting services provider that meets your site's demands. Before you make your actual decision, take a glimpse at the features of the plans provided by the web hosting vendors that have grasped your attention. We, for instance, are among the premier hosting suppliers on the market these days. The wide array of web hosting services and our prices are what renders us an enthralling option. Still, you must ascertain what type of web hosting solution you need and whether the price suits your budget. Additionally, you must always remember to double-check the hosting service provider's Terms & Conditions prior to signing up to ensure that your site is not violating them.
Signing up for a website hosting account
Once you have found out what features are best for your web site, the next step is to open an account with the hosting services provider of your preference. You will obtain all the necessary tools for managing your files and databases. With us, for example, you will obtain a Control Panel, which consists of domain name, website, database and e-mailbox account administration areas. You log into the hosting Control Panel using your 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 website
You can either upload your website via FTP or, as is with most hosting vendors, via a web-based 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 observed in Windows Explorer, which renders file manipulation exceptionally easy. We offer also a website building tool and a PHP-powered script installation tool, which you can utilize to develop your web site if you have no programming skills and are making your very 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 computer and then uploading it using FTP or the File Manager tool.