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What is Shared Hosting?

If you have decided to establish your very own website, but are not quite sure about what a web site is and are not aware of the expression "shared hosting", this article is devoted to clarifying these concepts in plain words.

What exactly is a web site?

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

What is a web hosting server?

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A hosting server enables you to upload your site onto it. In some cases, there might be even thousands of websites on a single hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is held in a data center with special cooling systems, whose mission is to ensure the seamless performance of the machine and all the web sites accommodated on it.

In brief, a web hosting server will be indeed a launching pad when the time comes for you to launch your website. It could be any kind of web site - a business web site consisting of a huge number of pages, or a web site, which includes only a couple of pages and which you have created just for your acquaintances and family members.

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

Once you have reached a decision about what kind of website you want to set up, the next move is to find out what type of web hosting service you have to select for your web endeavor. Basically, there are two sorts of hosting services - free-of-charge web hosting services and paid website hosting services. The free website hosting solution is typically utilized by persons that do not possess a business web site.

Upsides and downsides of the free-of-charge hosting solution

You will not receive many features with a cost-free website hosting package. Features like bandwidth, memory and web server hard disk space are restricted and insufficient for a complex web store or a business-related site, or even for a site with plenty of graphics. What's more, there are lots of banners put on your web site by the web hosting supplier. These advertisements occupy a lot of space on your website and are extremely frustrating.

Shared web hosting

The paid shared web hosting services tend to be more reliable and include numerous advanced features apart from the high-quality hosting server that will accommodate your web site and its content. Still, it is important to know which features your web site demands prior to purchasing your web hosting package. You should not rush and wind up investing money in something that your site does not demand.

Select your hosting vendor

It is not hard to find a hosting supplier. You need to simply conduct an online search in order to find a web hosting company that satisfies your web site's requirements. Before you make your actual decision, have a glimpse at the specifications of the hosting packages delivered by the hosting companies that have attracted your attention. We, for example, are among the top-notch web hosting distributors on the marketplace now. The vast range of hosting services and our prices are what makes us an enticing option. Even so, you must ascertain what sort of hosting solution you need and whether the price matches your budget. Moreover, you must not forget to take a look at the hosting service provider's Terms of Service before opening an account to confirm that your website is not abusing them.

Signing up for a website hosting account

Once you have determined what features are most important for your website, the next move is to sign up for an account with the web hosting company of your choosing. You will have all the needed tools for handling your web site files and databases. With us, for instance, you will acquire a web hosting Control Panel, which has domain, website, database and email administration sections. You log into the web hosting Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which grants you secure access to the part of the hosting server where your website will be hosted.

Uploading your web site

You can either upload your web files through an FTP software program or, as is with the majority of hosting service providers, via a web-based tool that is integrated within the hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is quite intuitive and offers features comparable to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which makes file management exceptionally easy. We offer additionally a website builder and a PHP-powered script installation tool, which you can utilize to build your web site if you possess no programming knowledge and are making your very first steps in web design. The online site builder, called SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of creating a website on your computer and then uploading it using an FTP software application or the File Manager interface.