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What is Shared Hosting?

If you have made a decision to launch your own personal website, but are not quite sure about what a web site is and are unfamiliar with the phrase "shared hosting", this article is devoted to clarifying these notions in simple terms.

What precisely is a web site?

A website is an amalgamation of webpages assembled in a systematic fashion. It has a special website address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may consist of only one webpage and sometimes may even have as many as a thousand web pages.

What is a hosting server?

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A hosting server enables you to upload your web site onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of web sites on one single web hosting server. The hosting server essentially is a computer with specific hardware, which is located in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose task is to ensure the smooth performance of the machine and all the web sites accommodated 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 web site - a business website containing lots of webpages, or a site, which is comprised of just several pages and which you have made just for your associates and relatives.

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

As soon as you have made a decision about what type of web site you want to establish, the next step is to find out what type of web hosting service you have to select for your web endeavor. Essentially, there are two types of hosting services - free-of-cost website hosting services and professional paid web hosting services. The charge-free website hosting solution is ordinarily used by users that do not own a business-related web site.

Pluses and minuses of the free-of-cost website hosting solution

You will not get lots of features with a free hosting package. Features like traffic, memory and web hosting space are limited and insufficient for an elaborate ecommerce site or a corporate website, or even for a site with a lot of artwork. Moreover, there are lots of banner commercials put on your website by the web hosting company. These ads take up lots of space on your website and are rather embarrassing.

Shared hosting

The professional paid shared hosting services are more reliable and offer numerous advanced features beside the high-power hosting server that will host your website and its data. Nonetheless, it is essential to know which features your site demands before purchasing your web hosting package. You should not hurry and end up spending cash on something that your website does not require.

Pick your hosting services provider

It is not hard to find a hosting plans provider. You need to simply conduct an online survey in order to find a web hosting vendor that matches your site's demands. Before you take your actual decision, check the specs of the hosting plans supplied by the web hosting companies that have got your attention. We, for example, are among the best web hosting vendors on the market at present. The broad assortment of hosting solutions and our prices are what renders us an alluring choice. In spite of that, you must establish what type of hosting solution you need and whether the price suits your allowance. Additionally, you must not forget to take a look at the hosting vendor's TOS prior to opening an account to make certain that your site is not abusing them.

Opening a hosting account

As soon as you have determined what features are ideal for your website, the next move is to sign up for an account with the hosting supplier of your preference. You will acquire all the needed tools for handling your files and databases. With us, for instance, you will obtain a Control Panel, which has domain name, website, database and e-mailbox account administration sections. You log in the web hosting Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which gives you safe access to the portion of the server where your web site will be hosted.

Uploading your site

You can either upload your website files via an FTP program or, as is with the majority of web hosting companies, via a web-based tool that is included within the hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is very easy to use and offers features similar to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which makes file manipulation exceptionally easy. We offer also a website builder and a PHP script installation tool, which you can use to create your website if you possess no programming skills and are taking your first steps in web design. The web-based site building tool, called SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of making a website on your computer and then uploading it through an FTP software application or the File Manager tool.