What Indeed is Shared Hosting
If you have made a decision to make your own website, but are not very certain about what a web site is and are not familiar with the phrase "shared hosting", this article is devoted to clarifying these concepts in simple words.
What precisely is a web site?
A web site is a collection of webpages assembled in a systematic fashion. It has a special web address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may have only one webpage and sometimes may even include as many as a thousand web pages.
What is a web hosting server?
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
A hosting server enables you to upload your site onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of web sites on a single web hosting server. The web hosting server essentially is a computer with special hardware, which is kept in a datacenter with special cooling systems, whose mission is to ensure the smooth operation of the machine and all the sites hosted on it.
In short, a hosting server will be indeed a launching pad when the time arrives for you to launch your site. It could be any sort of website - a business web site containing many pages, or a web site, which contains just several web pages and which you have made simply for your associates and relatives.
You've made a decision about what your website will be, now what?
As soon as you have reached a decision about what kind of website you wish to set up, the next step is to find out what sort of web hosting service you have to pick for your Internet endeavor. Basically, there are two kinds of website hosting services - cost-free hosting services and paid web hosting services. The free-of-cost website hosting solution is typically used by individuals that do not have a business site.
Pluses and minuses of the free-of-cost website hosting solution
You will not get many features with a free hosting plan. Features such as bandwidth, RAM memory and web hosting server storage space are restricted and inadequate for an elaborate e-commerce site or a corporate site, or even for a website with a lot of graphics. Furthermore, there are lots of banner ads embedded on your site by the web hosting vendor. These ads take up a lot of space on your web site and are pretty frustrating.
The professional paid shared hosting services are more reliable and offer lots of sophisticated features in addition to the high-power web hosting server that will host your site and its files. Nevertheless, it is important to find out which features your site needs before buying your web hosting plan. You should not rush and end up investing money in something that your website does not require.
Find your hosting solutions provider
It is not hard to find a web host. You need to just conduct an online survey in order to find a web hosting company that matches your website's requirements. Before you take your actual choice, have a look at the features of the web hosting packages furnished by the hosting vendors that have caught your interest. We, for example, are among the premier web hosting suppliers on the market as of now. The enormous array of web hosting services and our prices are what makes us an attractive option. In spite of that, you must establish what type of hosting service you need and whether the price fits your budget. Besides, you must always remember to explore the hosting supplier's Terms & Conditions before signing up to confirm that your web site is not abusing them.
Opening a website hosting account
As soon as you have found out what features are most important for your site, the next step is to open an account with the hosting accounts provider of your choosing. You will acquire all the needed tools for handling your web site files and databases. With us, for instance, you will receive a Control Panel, which consists of domain, website, database and mail account management areas. You log in the hosting Control Panel using your unique user name and password, which grants you safe access to the part of the web hosting server where your website will be located.
Uploading your web site
You can either upload your web files through an FTP client or, as is with the majority of web hosting suppliers, through a web-based tool that is included within the hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is rather intuitive and offers features similar to those found in Windows Explorer, which makes file management very easy. We offer additionally a site building tool and a PHP-powered script installation tool, which you can utilize to develop your website if you have no programming skills and are making your first steps in web design. The online site builder, called SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of making a web site on your personal computer and then uploading it via FTP or the File Manager interface.