How Hosting Services Functions
If you have made a decision to create your very own site, but are not quite sure about what a web site is and are not aware of the term "hosting", this article is dedicated to explaining these concepts in plain terms.
What exactly is a website?
A web site is a combination of webpages brought together systematically. It has a unique address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may have only one webpage and sometimes may even be comprised of as many as 1000 pages.
What is a web hosting server?
A hosting server enables you to upload your website onto it. In some instances, there might be even thousands of websites on one single hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is situated in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose mission is to safeguard the seamless operation of the server and all the sites accommodated on it.
In brief, a hosting server will be truly a launching pad when the time comes for you to launch your website. It could be any sort of web site - a business web site having lots of pages, or a web site, which contains only a few web pages and which you have set up just for your mates and relatives.
You've reached a decision about what your website will be, now what?
Once you have reached a decision about what kind of site you would like to create, the next move is to discover what kind of web hosting service you must choose for your web venture. Basically, there are two sorts of website hosting services - free-of-charge website hosting services and paid website hosting services. The charge-free hosting solution is usually utilized by customers that do not possess a business website.
Upsides and downsides of the free-of-charge website hosting solution
You will not obtain a lot of features with a free-of-cost website hosting plan. Features such as bandwidth, memory and storage space are limited and inadequate for an elaborate online shop or a business-related web site, or even for a website with lots of graphics. In addition, there are a lot of ads embedded on your site by the hosting accounts provider. These ads take up lots of space on your website and are very embarrassing.
Shared web hosting
The professional paid shared web hosting services tend to be more dependable and offer a lot of advanced features beside the high-power hosting server that will accommodate your website and its data. Nevertheless, it is important to find out which features your website needs before buying your web hosting plan. You should not rush and end up buying something that your site does not require.
Find your hosting accounts provider
Signing up for a hosting account
Once you have found out what features are most important for your website, the next step is to sign up for an account with the hosting solutions provider of your choice. You will receive all the needed tools for handling your web site files and databases. With us, for instance, you will obtain a web hosting Control Panel, which has domain, website, database and e-mail box administration sections. You log into the web hosting Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which gives you secure access to the portion of the hosting server where your site will be located.
Uploading your site
You can either upload your web site files through FTP or, as is with most web hosting companies, via a web-based tool that is integrated within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is pretty user-friendly and offers features similar to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which renders file management exceptionally easy. We offer also a website building tool and a PHP-driven script installer, which you can utilize to set up your site if you have no programming knowledge and are taking your first steps in web design. The web-based website building tool, called SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of making a website on your PC and then uploading it via an FTP client application or the File Manager tool.