What is Web Hosting?

If you have made a decision to develop your own website, but are not quite certain about what a website is and are not aware of the term "web site hosting", this article is devoted to explaining these notions in plain English.

What precisely is a website?

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

What is a hosting server?

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

In brief, a web hosting server will be truly a launching pad when the time arrives for you to launch your website. It could be any type of site - a business web site having multiple pages, or a web site, which consists of only a few webpages and which you have made just for your pals and relatives.

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

As soon as you have made a decision about what type of website you want to build, the next step is to find out what type of web hosting service you must pick for your Internet project. Basically, there are two types of website hosting services - free-of-cost hosting services and professional paid web hosting services. The free-of-charge website hosting solution is typically utilized by clients that do not own a business website.

Pros and cons of the free-of-cost website hosting solution

You will not receive a lot of features with a free-of-charge web hosting plan. Features like web traffic, RAM memory and disk drive storage space are limited and insufficient for a complex e-shop or a business web site, or even for a web site with lots of graphics.
Moreover, there are lots of banner adverts placed on your website by the web hosting provider. These adverts take up a lot of space on your web site and are extremely annoying.

Shared web hosting

The professional paid hosting services tend to be more reliable and offer lots of advanced features in addition to the high-quality web hosting server that will host your website and its data. Nevertheless, it is essential to find out which features your web site needs prior to buying your website hosting package. You should not hurry and end up investing money in something that your site does not need.

Find your hosting distributor

It is not hard to find a hosting accounts provider. You need to just carry out an online survey in order to find a website hosting distributor that fulfills your site's requirements. Before you take your actual decision, have a peek at the specs of the hosting plans delivered by the web hosting vendors that have made an impression on you. That is how I chanced on Exclusive Hosting, one of the best web hosting suppliers on the market now. The enormous array of hosting services and their prices are what makes them an enthralling choice. In spite of that, you must confirm what kind of web hosting solution you need and whether the price suits your budget. What is more, you must always remember to double-check the web hosting provider's Terms of Service prior to signing up to confirm that your website is not abusing them.

Signing up for a hosting account

Once you have found out what features are ideal for your site, the next step is to open an account with the web hosting provider of your choosing. You will acquire all the essential tools for managing your files and databases. With Exclusive Hosting, for example, you will get a hosting Control Panel, which comprises domain, web site, database and mailbox administration sections. You log in the Control Panel using a unique username and password, which grants you safe access to the part of the server where your site will be hosted.

Uploading your web site

You can either upload your web site through an FTP program or, as is with the majority of hosting distributors, through a web-based tool that is integrated within the web hosting Control Panel. With Exclusive Hosting, the File Manager is very user-friendly and offers features comparable to those found in Windows Explorer, which renders file manipulation very easy. They offer also a website building tool and a PHP-powered script installation tool, which you can use to create your web site if you have no programming skills and are taking your very first steps in web design. The web-based web site builder, dubbed SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of making a website on your personal computer and then uploading it via an FTP client or the File Manager interface.

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