Hosting Plans Explanation
If you have decided to build your very own site, but are not quite certain about what a web site is and are not aware of the expression "hosting", this article is devoted to explaining these notions in simple words.
What precisely is a website?
A web site is an amalgamation of webpages gathered systematically. It has a special web site address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may have just one single webpage and sometimes may even have as many as one thousand pages.
What is a web hosting server?
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A web hosting server enables you to upload your site onto it. In some cases, there might be even thousands of sites on a single hosting server. The hosting server essentially is a computer with specific hardware, which is stored in a data center with special cooling systems, whose purpose is to safeguard the seamless performance of the hosting server and all the sites accommodated on it.
To summarize, a web hosting server will be truly a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your website. It could be any type of site - a business web site having numerous pages, or a website, which has only a couple of web pages and which you have created just for your comrades and relatives.
You've reached a decision about what your site will be, now what?
Once you have reached a decision about what type of website you desire to launch, the next move is to find out what type of web hosting service you have to choose for your Internet adventure. Basically, there are two kinds of hosting services - charge-free website hosting services and paid website hosting services. The free-of-cost website hosting solution is usually used by customers that do not possess a business web site.
Pluses and minuses of the free web hosting solution
You will not receive a lot of options with a free hosting package. Features like bandwidth, memory and disk drive storage space are restricted and insufficient for an elaborate online store or a business-related website, or even for a web site with a lot of graphics. What's more, there are lots of web banners placed on your web site by the web hosting provider. These adverts take up plenty of space on your web site and are quite annoying.
Shared web hosting
The paid shared web hosting services tend to be more dependable and include lots of powerful features beside the high-end web hosting server that will host your site and its data. Nevertheless, it is essential to find out which features your web site needs before purchasing your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and end up investing in something that your site does not require.
Pick your web host
It is easy to find a hosting distributor. You have to just carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting supplier that satisfies your web site's requirements. Before you take your actual choice, take a look at the parameters of the packages supplied by the hosting service providers that have caught your interest. We, for instance, are among the premier hosting service providers on the market at the moment. The wide range of services and our prices are what makes us an alluring choice. However, you must establish what sort of hosting service you need and if the price matches your budget. Moreover, you must not forget to double-check the web hosting service provider's Terms of Service prior to subscribing to ensure that your web site is not abusing them.
Signing up for a hosting account
Once you have determined what features are ideal for your site, the next step is to open an account with the web hosting company of your choice. You will obtain all the necessary tools for handling your website files and databases. With us, for instance, you will get a web hosting Control Panel, which consists of domain name, web site, database and email mailbox account administration areas. You log in the Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which gives you safe access to the portion of the hosting server where your website will be located.
Uploading your web site
You can either upload your web site files via FTP or, as is with most web hosting distributors, through a web-based tool that is integrated within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is rather user-friendly and offers features similar to those found in Windows Explorer, which makes file management exceptionally easy. We offer additionally a site building tool and a PHP script installation tool, which you can utilize to set up your web site if you have no programming abilities and are making your very first steps in web design. The online website builder, dubbed SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of making a web site on your personal computer and then uploading it through an FTP software program or the File Manager interface.