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If you have decided to make your own personal web site, but are not quite sure about what a website is and are unfamiliar with the expression "hosting", this article is dedicated to explaining these notions in simple terms.

What exactly is a web site?

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

What is a hosting server?

A hosting server permits you to upload your site 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 kept in a datacenter with special cooling systems, whose mission is to ensure the smooth operation of the web hosting server and all the websites located on it.

In short, a hosting server will be truly a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your site. It could be any sort of web site - a corporate web site consisting of multiple web pages, or a site, which has only a couple of web pages and which you have developed simply for your associates and family members.

You've decided what your website will be, now what?

Once you have decided what kind of web site you want to set up, the next step is to discover what sort of web hosting service you have to select for your Internet project. Essentially, there are two sorts of hosting services - free-of-cost website hosting services and paid hosting services. The free-of-cost website hosting solution is generally used by users that do not have a business website.

Pluses and minuses of the cost-free website hosting solution

You will not obtain a lot of options with a cost-free web hosting package. Features such as traffic, RAM memory and server space are limited and insufficient for a complex Internet shop or a corporate site, or even for a website with lots of graphics. Moreover, there are a lot of web banners inserted on your site by the hosting packages provider. These ads take up plenty of space on your web site and are very irritating.

Shared website hosting

The paid shared website hosting services are more reliable and offer plenty of advanced features in addition to the high-power hosting server that will host your site and its data. Nevertheless, it is essential to find out which features your web site needs prior to purchasing your web hosting package. You should not hurry and wind up purchasing something that your website does not demand.

Choose your web hosting plans provider

It is not tough to find a web hosting distributor. You need to simply conduct an online search in order to find a web hosting provider that fulfills your site's demands. Before you take your actual choice, take a glimpse at the parameters of the web hosting plans furnished by the hosting service providers that have got your interest. We, for example, are among the premier web hosting providers on the market now. The big assortment of web hosting services and our prices are what makes us an enticing choice. Still, you must ascertain what sort of hosting service you need and whether the price matches your budget. Moreover, you must not forget to examine the hosting service provider's ToS prior to signing up to make certain that your web site is not abusing them.

Signing up for a website hosting account

As soon as you have determined what features are most important for your web site, the next step is to open an account with the hosting services provider of your preference. You will acquire all the important tools for managing your web site files and databases. With us, for example, you will get a hosting Control Panel, which includes domain, web site, database and email mailbox management areas. You log into the Control Panel using a unique username and password, which gives you safe access to the part of the web hosting server where your site will be located.

Uploading your website

You can either upload your files through an FTP software program or, as is with most web hosting suppliers, through an online tool that is integrated within the hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is extremely user-friendly and offers features similar to those observed in Windows Explorer, which makes file manipulation very easy. We offer also a site building tool and a PHP-driven script installation tool, which you can use to set up your web site if you have no programming expertise and are taking your first steps in web design. The web-based site builder, whose name is SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of making a web site on your PC and then uploading it using an FTP client or the File Manager tool.