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Definition of Website Hosting

If you have made a decision to build your own site, but are not quite certain about what a website is and are not aware of the term "website hosting", this article is devoted to explaining these concepts in simple language.

What exactly is a website?

A web site is a combination of web pages brought together in a systematic fashion. It has a unique address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may include only one single webpage and sometimes may even have as many as one thousand pages.

What is a hosting server?

Business
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
£5.42 / month
Corporate
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
£10.00 / month
 

A hosting server permits you to upload your site onto it. In some instances, there might be even thousands of websites on one single hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is kept in a data center with special cooling systems, whose task is to ensure the seamless operation of the server and all the 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 web site. It could be any type of website - a corporate web site consisting of a lot of pages, or a website, which includes just several web pages and which you have set up just for your mates and relatives.

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

As soon as you have reached a decision about what kind of site you would like to launch, the next move is to find out what type of web hosting service you must select for your online adventure. Essentially, there are two sorts of website hosting services - free-of-cost website hosting services and professional paid website hosting services. The cost-free web hosting solution is normally utilized by persons that do not possess a business-related website.

Positive and negative sides of the free-of-charge website hosting solution

You will not obtain lots of options with a charge-free website hosting package. Features such as traffic, memory and disk space are restricted and inadequate for an elaborate e-commerce website or a corporate website, or even for a website with a lot of artwork. Furthermore, there are lots of banners placed on your web site by the web hosting solutions provider. These ads occupy lots of space on your site and are pretty embarrassing.

Shared web hosting

The paid shared web hosting services tend to be more dependable and include a lot of powerful features apart from the high-power hosting server that will accommodate your web site and its data. Even so, it is important to know which features your web site demands prior to choosing your web hosting package. You should not rush and end up investing in something that your web site does not require.

Pick your web hosting vendor

It is not hard to find a hosting services provider. You have to simply carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting supplier that fulfills your website's needs. Before you take your actual choice, take a glimpse at the specifications of the hosting plans provided by the web hosting distributors that have caught your interest. We, for instance, are among the premier hosting suppliers on the marketplace now. The vast assortment of services and our prices are what makes us an attractive choice. Yet, you must establish what type of hosting service you need and whether the price corresponds to your allowance. Additionally, you must not forget to explore the hosting company's Terms & Conditions before registering to make sure that your site is not abusing them.

Opening a hosting account

Once you have determined what features are ideal for your site, the next move is to sign up for an account with the hosting solutions provider of your choice. You will be bestowed with all the necessary tools for handling your website files and databases. With us, for instance, you will receive a Control Panel, which comprises domain name, website, database and email mailbox management sections. You log in the web hosting Control Panel using your unique username and password, which grants you secure access to the part of the hosting server where your website will be hosted.

Uploading your site

You can either upload your website through an FTP client or, as is with most hosting providers, via a web-based tool that is included within the web hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is quite easy to use and offers features comparable to those found in Windows Explorer, which makes file management very easy. We offer also a site building tool and a PHP script installation tool, which you can use to develop your website if you have no programming knowledge and are taking your very first steps in web design. The online site building tool, whose name is SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of creating a web site on your PC and then uploading it via an FTP client or the File Manager interface.