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The Essence of Web Hosting

If you have made a decision to set up your very own personal website, but are not very certain about what a web site is and are unfamiliar with the term "web hosting", this article is dedicated to clarifying these concepts in plain terms.

What exactly is a web site?

A website is a collection of web pages brought together in a systematic fashion. It has a unique website address, also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A web site may be comprised of only one single web page and sometimes may even have as many as 1000 pages.

What is a hosting server?

A web hosting server permits you to upload your web site onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of web sites on a single web hosting server. The web hosting server basically is a computer with special hardware, which is placed in a datacenter with special cooling systems, whose task is to ensure the seamless operation of the server and all the websites hosted on it.

In brief, a web hosting server will be indeed a launching pad when the time arrives for you to launch your web site. It could be any type of site - a corporate website consisting of a large number of web pages, or a web site, which has only a couple of webpages and which you have built just for your pals and relatives.

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

Once you have decided what kind of web site you desire to make, the next move is to find out what kind of web hosting service you have to select for your Internet adventure. Essentially, there are two sorts of hosting services - charge-free hosting services and paid web hosting services. The free-of-charge web hosting solution is usually utilized by clients that do not possess a business-related web site.

Strengths and weaknesses of the cost-free web site hosting solution

You will not get many options with a charge-free web site hosting plan. Features like bandwidth, memory and disk drive storage space are restricted and insufficient for a complex ecommerce web site or a business-related site, or even for a website with lots of graphics.
In addition, there are lots of advertisement banners put on your site by the web hosting services provider. These ads occupy plenty of space on your web site and are extremely frustrating.

Shared web site hosting

The paid web hosting services are more stable and include plenty of sophisticated features in addition to the high-powered hosting server that will accommodate your website and its files. Nevertheless, it is important to find out which features your website needs before choosing your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and end up investing in something that your site does not require.

Pick your web hosting provider

It is not hard to find a web hosting services provider. You need to simply carry out an online search in order to find a web hosting services provider that matches your web site's needs. Before you make your actual choice, have a gaze at the specifications of the hosting packages offered by the hosting companies that have attracted your attention. That is how I landed on NTCHosting, one of the premier web hosting vendors on the marketplace now. The large selection of web hosting services and their prices are what renders them an appealing choice. Still, you must confirm what sort of web hosting service you require and if the price corresponds to your allowance. Also, you must not forget to go through the web hosting supplier's Terms & Conditions prior to registering to ensure that your site is not violating them.

Signing up for a hosting account

As soon as you have determined what features are most important for your website, the next step is to sign up for an account with the web hosting vendor of your preference. You will receive all the essential tools for administering your web site files and databases. With NTCHosting, for instance, you will get a web hosting Control Panel, which has domain, website, database and email box administration sections. You log in the web hosting Control Panel using a unique user name and password, which grants you safe access to the portion of the hosting server where your website will be hosted.

Uploading your web site

You can either upload your web site via an FTP client application or, as is with the majority of web hosting companies, via a web-based tool that is integrated within the Control Panel. With NTCHosting, the File Manager is pretty user-friendly and offers features similar to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which renders file management exceptionally easy. They offer also a site building tool and a PHP-based script installer, which you can utilize to set up your website if you possess no programming expertise and are taking your first steps in web design. The online website builder, called SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of creating a web site on your computer and then uploading it via an FTP client or the File Manager interface.

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