What is Shared Hosting?
If you have decided to make your own website, but are not very certain about what a website is and are unfamiliar with the expression "shared hosting", this article is dedicated to clarifying these concepts in plain terms.
What exactly is a web site?
A website is an amalgamation of web pages assembled in a systematic fashion. It has a unique web site address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may have only one single web page and sometimes may even be comprised of as many as a thousand webpages.
What is a web hosting server?
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A hosting server enables you to upload your website onto it. In some instances, there might be even 1000's of websites on a single hosting server. The web hosting server essentially is a computer with specific hardware, which is stored in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose mission is to ensure the seamless performance of the server and all the websites hosted on it.
In brief, a hosting server will be really a launch pad when the time comes for you to launch your web site. It could be any type of website - a business web site containing a large number of web pages, or a web site, which contains only a few web pages and which you have built simply for your buddies and relatives.
You've reached a decision about what your website will be, now what?
As soon as you have decided what kind of web site you desire to set up, the next move is to find out what type of web hosting service you must select for your Internet venture. Essentially, there are two sorts of hosting services - free-of-cost hosting services and paid hosting services. The cost-free website hosting solution is typically utilized by clients that do not have a business web site.
Strong and weak sides of the free-of-charge web hosting solution
You will not receive many features with a free-of-charge web hosting package. Features like traffic, memory and server disk storage space are restricted and inadequate for a complex e-commerce web site or a corporate site, or even for a site with lots of graphics. What's more, there are lots of banner advertisements put on your website by the web hosting solutions provider. These advertisements take up plenty of space on your web site and are very annoying.
Shared website hosting
The professional paid shared website hosting services are more reliable and offer a lot of advanced features in addition to the high-power server that will accommodate your web site and its content. However, it is important to know which features your web site needs before purchasing your web hosting package. You should not rush and end up spending cash on something that your site does not require.
Pick your hosting vendor
It is not hard to find a hosting packages provider. You need to just carry out an online search in order to find a web hosting solutions provider that meets your website's demands. Before you take your actual decision, take a glance at the specifications of the plans offered by the web hosting distributors that have made you an impression. We, for instance, are among the leading hosting distributors on the market as of now. The wide selection of hosting solutions and our prices are what makes us an enticing option. Still, you must ascertain what type of web hosting solution you need and if the price matches your budget. Besides, you must always remember to double-check the hosting service provider's ToS before subscribing to verify that your website is not abusing them.
Signing up for a web hosting account
As soon as you have found out what features are best for your web site, the next step is to sign up for an account with the hosting supplier of your choice. You will acquire all the necessary tools for handling your website files and databases. With us, for example, you will obtain a hosting Control Panel, which comprises domain, website, database and e-mailbox administration sections. You log into the hosting Control Panel using your unique username and password, which grants you safe access to the portion of the web hosting server where your site will be hosted.
Uploading your website
You can either upload your web files through FTP or, as is with the majority of hosting service providers, through an online tool that is integrated within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is rather intuitive and offers features similar to those observed in Windows Explorer, which renders file management very easy. We offer additionally a website builder and a PHP-powered script installer, which you can utilize to set up your site if you possess no programming skills and are taking your first steps in web design. The online web site building tool, called SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of making a web site on your personal computer and then uploading it via an FTP software application or the File Manager tool.