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If you have decided to build your own site, but are not very certain about what a website is and are not aware of the expression "shared hosting", this article is dedicated to defining these notions in plain terms.

What exactly is a web site?

A web site is a combination of web pages brought together systematically. It has a special address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may include just one web page and sometimes may even include as many as a thousand webpages.

What is a hosting server?

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

To sum up, a hosting server will be really a launching pad when the time comes for you to launch your site. It could be any kind of site - a corporate website containing numerous pages, or a website, which is comprised of only a few webpages and which you have made just for your chums and family members.

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

Once you have made a decision about what sort of site you would like to create, the next move is to find out what type of web hosting service you have to select for your online venture. Essentially, there are two types of hosting services - free-of-charge website hosting services and professional paid hosting services. The cost-free web hosting solution is usually utilized by customers that do not own a business-related web site.

Strong and weak sides of the charge-free hosting solution

You will not obtain lots of features with a free-of-cost hosting package. Features like web traffic, memory and hosting server disk storage space are restricted and insufficient for an elaborate online store or a business web site, or even for a web site with a lot of artwork. Also, there are a lot of banner advertisements placed on your web site by the web host. These adverts occupy lots of space on your site and are extremely irritating.

Shared web hosting

The paid shared web hosting services are more stable and offer many sophisticated features aside from the high-quality server that will host your website and its content. Still, it is important to find out which features your web site demands prior to buying your web hosting package. You should not hurry and wind up buying something that your site does not require.

Choose your web hosting vendor

It is not tough to find a web hosting provider. You have to just carry out an online search in order to find a web hosting services provider that fulfills your web site's requirements. Before you take your actual choice, take a glance at the features of the hosting packages delivered by the hosting service providers that have grabbed your interest. We, for instance, are among the leading website hosting providers on the market today. The large array of hosting solutions and our prices are what makes us an enticing option. Even so, you must determine what sort of web hosting solution you require and whether the price suits your allowance. What is more, you must not forget to check the web hosting supplier's Terms & Conditions before signing up to make certain that your website is not violating them.

Signing up for a web hosting account

Once you have found out what features are optimal for your site, the next move is to open an account with the web hosting packages provider of your preference. You will receive all the important tools for handling your web site files and databases. With us, for example, you will acquire a hosting Control Panel, which has domain, website, database and mail account administration areas. You log in the web hosting Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which gives you safe access to the part of the hosting server where your website will be hosted.

Uploading your site

You can either upload your web site through an FTP client application or, as is with the majority of hosting service providers, via an online tool that is included within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is quite easy to use and offers features comparable to those found in Windows Explorer, which renders file manipulation exceptionally easy. We offer additionally a website builder and a PHP-driven script installer, which you can utilize to build your site if you have no programming abilities and are taking your first steps in web design. The web-based site building tool, called SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of creating a website on your PC and then uploading it via an FTP program or the File Manager tool.

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