What In Fact is Shared Hosting
If you have decided to establish your own personal website, but are not quite sure about what a web site is and are not familiar with the expression "shared hosting", this article is devoted to clarifying these concepts in plain English.
What precisely is a web site?
A web site is an amalgamation of webpages gathered in a systematic fashion. It has a special web address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may consist of just one web page and sometimes may even contain as many as one thousand webpages.
What is a hosting server?
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
A web hosting server permits you to upload your web site onto it. In some instances, there might be even thousands of web sites on a single hosting server. The hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is housed in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose task is to safeguard the smooth functioning of the hosting server and all the websites hosted on it.
In brief, a web hosting server will be really a launch pad when the time comes for you to launch your web site. It could be any kind of web site - a corporate website having plenty of webpages, or a site, which includes just several webpages and which you have built just for your friends and relatives.
You've decided what your website will be, now what?
Once you have decided what kind of website you want to set up, the next step is to find out what sort of web hosting service you must select for your web adventure. Basically, there are two sorts of website hosting services - charge-free website hosting services and paid hosting services. The charge-free web hosting solution is typically used by customers that do not have a business-related site.
Positive and negative sides of the free-of-charge website hosting solution
You will not receive lots of features with a free website hosting plan. Features like bandwidth, memory and server disk drive space are restricted and inadequate for a complex e-shop or a corporate site, or even for a website with plenty of graphics. Besides, there are lots of banner ads placed on your website by the hosting supplier. These advertisements occupy plenty of space on your site and are extremely frustrating.
The professional paid shared hosting services tend to be more stable and include lots of powerful features beside the high-end hosting server that will host your website and its content. Yet, it is important to find out which features your website demands prior to buying your web hosting package. You should not hurry and end up investing in something that your web site does not require.
Pick your web hosting solutions provider
Opening a web hosting account
As soon as you have determined what features are optimal for your site, the next step is to sign up for an account with the hosting company of your choice. You will acquire all the necessary tools for handling your files and databases. With us, for instance, you will get a web hosting Control Panel, which includes domain, website, database and e-mail box management areas. You log in the hosting 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 hosted.
Uploading your web site
You can either upload your website through FTP client software or, as is with the majority of hosting service providers, through an online tool that is included within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is pretty intuitive and offers features similar to those observed in Windows Explorer, which renders file management very easy. We offer also a site building tool and a PHP-based script installation tool, which you can use to create your website if you have no programming experience and are taking your very first steps in web design. The web-based site builder, called SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of creating a website on your personal computer and then uploading it using FTP or the File Manager tool.