What is Website Hosting?
If you have made a decision to establish your own web site, but are not very certain about what a web site is and are unfamiliar with the phrase "website hosting", this article is dedicated to clarifying these concepts in plain English.
What exactly is a website?
A web site is an amalgamation of web pages brought together in a systematic fashion. It has a unique web site address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may contain only one single webpage and sometimes may even contain as many as one thousand web pages.
What is a hosting server?
A hosting server permits you to upload your web site onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of websites on one single web hosting server. The web hosting server essentially is a computer with special hardware, which is physically located in a data center facility with special cooling systems, whose task is to ensure the smooth functioning of the web hosting server and all the websites hosted on it.
To sum up, a web hosting server will be truly a launching pad when the time arrives for you to launch your web site. It could be any type of site - a corporate site having a huge number of webpages, or a web site, which is comprised of just a couple of webpages and which you have made just for your chums and relatives.
You've made a decision about what your site will be, now what?
Once you have made a decision about what type of website you would like to build, the next step is to discover what kind of website hosting service you must choose for your online project. Basically, there are two types of web hosting services - cost-free web site hosting services and paid web hosting services. The charge-free web hosting solution is typically used by individuals that do not own a business web site.
Strong and weak sides of the free-of-charge website hosting solution
You will not receive lots of options with a charge-free website hosting package. Features such as web traffic, RAM memory and server storage space are limited and insufficient for a complex e-commerce website or a business site, or even for a site with a lot of artwork.
Also, there are lots of banner commercials embedded on your website by the hosting vendor. These adverts take up lots of space on your site and are extremely frustrating.
Shared web hosting
The paid web site hosting services tend to be more dependable and include many sophisticated features aside from the high-powered web hosting server that will host your website and its content. However, it is essential to know which features your site needs before purchasing your hosting package. You should not hurry and wind up investing money in something that your web site does not demand.
Pick your web hosting solutions provider
It is not hard to find a web hosting provider. You need to just carry out an online survey in order to find a web hosting company that satisfies your website's requirements. Before you make your actual decision, check the features of the hosting packages furnished by the web hosting distributors that have grasped your interest. This is how I uncovered NTChosting, one of the leading web hosting service providers on the market at present. The big array of services and their prices are what renders them an alluring choice. Even so, you must establish what kind of hosting solution you require and if the price corresponds to your budget. What is more, you must not forget to go through the provider's TOS before subscribing to confirm that your website 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 web hosting company of your choosing. You will be given all the necessary tools for managing your files and databases. With NTChosting, for example, you will obtain a web hosting Control Panel, which comprises domain name, web site, database and email management sections. You log into the hosting Control Panel using your unique username and password, which gives you safe access to the portion of the hosting server where your website will be located.
Uploading your web site
You can either upload your files via an FTP software application or, as is with the majority of hosting distributors, through a web-based tool that is integrated within the web hosting Control Panel. With NTChosting, the File Manager is very easy to use and offers features similar to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which renders file manipulation exceptionally easy. They offer additionally a site building tool and a PHP script installation tool, which you can use to build your web site if you have no programming abilities and are making your very first steps in web design. The web-based website building tool, called SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of creating a web site on your PC and then uploading it using an FTP client or the File Manager interface.