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If you have made a decision to build your own personal website, but are not very sure about what a website is and are not aware of the expression "web hosting", this article is dedicated to explaining these notions in simple language.

What precisely is a web site?

A web site is a collection of webpages assembled systematically. It has a special website address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may have only one single web page and sometimes may even contain as many as a thousand web pages.

What is a hosting server?

A hosting server permits you to upload your website onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of websites on a single hosting server. The hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is physically located in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose task is to ensure the seamless performance of the hosting server and all the sites hosted on it.

To sum up, a web hosting server will be indeed a launch pad when the time comes for you to launch your website. It could be any type of website - a business site having multiple webpages, or a site, which includes just several web pages and which you have developed simply for your friends and family members.

You've decided what your web site will be, now what?

Once you have reached a decision about what kind of website you wish to build, the next step is to find out what type of web hosting service you have to choose for your Internet adventure. Basically, there are two types of website hosting services - charge-free web hosting services and professional paid web hosting services. The free web hosting solution is ordinarily used by persons that do not possess a business web site.

Strong and weak sides of the charge-free web hosting solution

You will not get a lot of options with a charge-free website hosting plan. Features like traffic, memory and hosting server hard drive storage space are limited and insufficient for a complex ecommerce website or a corporate web site, or even for a website with plenty of graphics. Besides, there are lots of advertisements incorporated in your site by the web hosting provider. These advertisements occupy a lot of space on your website and are extremely embarrassing.

Shared website hosting

The professional paid shared website hosting services are more dependable and offer plenty of powerful features apart from the high-power web hosting server that will accommodate your site and its content. In spite of that, it is important to find out which features your website demands prior to purchasing your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and wind up paying for something that your website does not demand.

Choose your web host

It is not hard to find a web hosting services provider. You have to just conduct an online search in order to find a web hosting solutions provider that matches your website's needs. Before you make your actual decision, have a glimpse at the parameters of the web hosting plans delivered by the hosting companies that have grabbed your interest. We, for example, are among the best hosting suppliers on the marketplace these days. The wide variety of web hosting services and our prices are what renders us an enthralling choice. Yet, you must verify what type of web hosting service you require and if the price corresponds to your allowance. In addition, you must not forget to take a look at the hosting service provider's ToS prior to registering to verify that your web site is not abusing them.

Opening a website hosting account

Once you have determined what features are best for your website, the next step is to sign up for an account with the hosting packages provider of your choice. You will receive all the needed tools for managing your website files and databases. With us, for example, you will get a Control Panel, which consists of domain, website, database and mail account management sections. You log into the Control Panel using a unique username and password, which grants you secure access to the portion of the hosting server where your website will be located.

Uploading your site

You can either upload your website through FTP client software or, as is with most hosting vendors, via an online tool that is included within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is quite intuitive and offers features comparable to those observed in Windows Explorer, which renders file manipulation extremely easy. We offer also a web site builder and a PHP-based script installer, which you can use to create your site if you possess no programming capabilities and are making your first steps in web design. The web-based site builder, whose name is SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of creating a website on your PC and then uploading it through an FTP software program or the File Manager interface.

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