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If you have decided to launch your very own personal website, but are not quite certain about what a website is and are not aware of the term "hosting", this article is dedicated to explaining these notions in simple words.

What exactly is a website?

A web site is a combination of webpages gathered systematically. It has a special web site address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may have just one single webpage and sometimes may even be comprised of as many as a thousand webpages.

What is a web hosting server?

A web hosting server enables you to upload your web site onto it. In some instances, there might be even 1000's of web sites on one single hosting server. The hosting server basically is a computer with specific hardware, which is located in a datacenter with special cooling systems, whose task is to ensure the smooth operation of the hosting server and all the web sites located on it.

In short, a hosting server will be truly a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your site. It could be any sort of website - a business web site containing a lot of pages, or a site, which has just a few pages and which you have created simply for your friends and relatives.

You've made a decision about what your website will be, now what?

Once you have made a decision about what sort of website you want to create, the next move is to find out what type of web hosting service you must choose for your web adventure. Basically, there are two sorts of hosting services - free-of-charge web hosting services and professional paid website hosting services. The free-of-charge hosting solution is commonly utilized by customers that do not have a business-related web site.

Positive and negative sides of the free website hosting solution

You will not obtain a lot of options with a charge-free web hosting package. Features like traffic, memory and server disk space are limited and insufficient for an elaborate e-store or a business site, or even for a site with plenty of graphics. Additionally, there are a lot of commercials embedded on your site by the web hosting provider. These ads occupy a lot of space on your web site and are very annoying.

Shared web hosting

The paid shared web hosting services are more stable and offer lots of powerful features in addition to the high-power server that will host your web site and its files. In spite of that, it is essential to know which features your website needs before selecting your web hosting package. You should not rush and wind up investing in something that your web site does not need.

Select your web hosting solutions provider

It is not hard to find a web hosting packages provider. You need to just conduct an online search in order to find a web hosting company that meets your web site's needs. Before you take your actual decision, have a glance at the specifications of the packages delivered by the web hosting vendors that have impressed you. We, for instance, are among the top-notch website hosting providers on the market now. The extensive variety of web hosting services and our prices are what renders us an appealing option. In spite of that, you must verify what kind of web hosting service you require and whether the price matches your allowance. Furthermore, you must always remember to take a look at the web hosting provider's Terms & Conditions prior to subscribing to confirm that your web site is not abusing them.

Signing up for a hosting account

Once you have determined what features are optimal for your website, the next move is to open an account with the hosting plans provider of your preference. You will be bestowed with all the needed tools for handling your website files and databases. With us, for example, you will get a web hosting Control Panel, which consists of domain, web site, database and e-mailbox administration sections. You log into the Control Panel using your unique user name and password, which grants you safe access to the part of the hosting server where your website will be hosted.

Uploading your web site

You can either upload your web site files through an FTP software program or, as is with most hosting providers, via an online tool that is included within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is very easy to use and offers features similar to those observed in Windows Explorer, which makes file manipulation exceptionally easy. We offer additionally a site builder and a PHP-based script installer, which you can use to set up your site if you possess no programming skills and are taking your first steps in web design. The online website builder, whose name is SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of creating a web site on your computer and then uploading it using an FTP software program or the File Manager tool.

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