What Exactly is Shared Hosting?
If you have decided to launch your own website, but are not quite certain about what a website is and are unfamiliar with the phrase "shared hosting", this article is devoted to explaining these concepts in plain language.
What precisely is a website?
A web site is an amalgamation of web pages gathered in a systematic fashion. It has a special web site address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may be comprised of only one webpage and sometimes may even have as many as 1000 pages.
What is a web hosting server?
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A hosting server permits you to upload your web site onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of sites on one single hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is held in a datacenter facility with special cooling systems, whose task is to ensure the smooth operation of the machine and all the web sites hosted on it.
To summarize, a hosting server will be indeed a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your website. It could be any kind of website - a corporate website having lots of pages, or a site, which has just several web pages and which you have made just for your friends and family members.
You've reached a decision about what your site will be, now what?
Once you have reached a decision about what sort of website you desire to create, the next step is to discover what sort of web hosting service you must choose for your online endeavor. Basically, there are two kinds of hosting services - free-of-charge website hosting services and paid web hosting services. The free-of-cost web hosting solution is commonly used by customers that do not have a business-related web site.
Positive and negative sides of the free-of-cost web hosting solution
You will not obtain a lot of options with a free-of-cost web hosting plan. Features like traffic, RAM memory and disk drive storage space are restricted and inadequate for an elaborate ecommerce web site or a business-related site, or even for a website with plenty of graphics. What's more, there are a lot of banner advertisements inserted on your web site by the web hosting services provider. These advertisements take up lots of space on your site and are quite annoying.
Shared website hosting
The professional paid shared website hosting services are more dependable and include many powerful features beside the high-quality hosting server that will accommodate your website and its content. However, it is important to find out which features your website needs prior to purchasing your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and wind up investing in something that your web site does not require.
Choose your hosting distributor
Opening a hosting account
As soon as you have determined what features are best for your site, the next step is to open an account with the web hosting distributor of your preference. You will obtain all the essential tools for handling your files and databases. With us, for instance, you will receive a Control Panel, which has domain, web site, database and email mailbox management areas. You log in the Control Panel using your unique username and password, which grants you secure access to the part of the web hosting server where your website will be hosted.
Uploading your website
You can either upload your site through an FTP software application or, as is with most web hosting providers, via an online tool that is integrated within the Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is rather easy to use and offers features comparable to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which makes file manipulation extremely easy. We offer also a site builder and a PHP-powered script installer, which you can use to develop your website if you possess no programming experience and are making your very first steps in web design. The online website builder, called SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of making a website on your computer and then uploading it via an FTP client application or the File Manager tool.