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What is Shared Hosting?

If you have made a decision to set up your own web site, but are not very sure about what a website is and are not aware of the term "shared hosting", this article is devoted to clarifying these concepts in plain English.

What precisely is a web site?

A website is an amalgamation of webpages gathered in a systematic fashion. It has a unique web address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may consist of only one web page and sometimes may even consist of as many as one thousand pages.

What is a hosting server?

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

In short, a web hosting server will be really a launch pad when the time comes for you to launch your site. It could be any kind of website - a business website having numerous web pages, or a site, which is comprised of just several pages and which you have made simply for your comrades and family members.

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

Once you have reached a decision about what type of web site you want to establish, the next move is to find out what kind of web hosting service you have to choose for your Internet adventure. Basically, there are two kinds of website hosting services - cost-free hosting services and paid website hosting services. The free-of-cost web hosting solution is typically used by customers that do not own a business-related web site.

Strengths and weaknesses of the charge-free website hosting solution

You will not receive a lot of options with a charge-free hosting plan. Features like web traffic, RAM memory and web server storage space are limited and inadequate for an elaborate ecommerce site or a business-related web site, or even for a web site with a lot of artwork. What's more, there are a lot of banner advertisements incorporated in your website by the hosting solutions provider. These advertisements take up a lot of space on your website and are quite annoying.

Shared website hosting

The paid shared website hosting services tend to be more stable and offer plenty of advanced features aside from the high-powered hosting server that will accommodate your site and its content. Nonetheless, it is important to find out which features your site demands prior to purchasing your web hosting package. You should not rush and end up investing cash in something that your site does not require.

Find your hosting vendor

It is not tough to find a web hosting services provider. You need to just carry out an online search in order to find a web hosting solutions provider that fulfills your web site's requirements. Before you make your actual decision, take a gaze at the specs of the web hosting packages provided by the web hosting distributors that have impressed you. We, for instance, are among the top hosting companies on the market at present. The immense range of hosting solutions and our prices are what renders us an enthralling choice. Still, you must establish what sort of hosting service you need and if the price fits your allowance. Furthermore, you must always remember to go through the hosting provider's Terms & Conditions before subscribing to confirm that your website is not violating them.

Opening a website hosting account

As soon as you have determined what features are optimal for your website, the next move is to open an account with the hosting accounts provider of your choice. You will have all the necessary tools for administering your web site files and databases. With us, for example, you will get a Control Panel, which comprises domain, web site, database and email box account administration sections. You log into the hosting Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which gives you secure access to the portion of the web hosting server where your site will be located.

Uploading your site

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