What is Hosting?
If you have decided to set up your own site, but are not very sure about what a web site is and are unfamiliar with the term "web hosting", this article is dedicated to defining these notions in simple language.
What precisely is a web site?
A website is an amalgamation of web pages brought together in a systematic fashion. It has a special web address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A site may include just one web page and sometimes may even include as many as 1000 webpages.
What is a web hosting server?
A web hosting server enables you to upload your web site onto it. In some cases, there might be even 1000's of websites on a single 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 mission is to safeguard the smooth performance of the machine and all the sites located on it.
To sum up, a web hosting server will be indeed a launching pad when the time comes for you to launch your website. It could be any kind of web site - a corporate website consisting of numerous web pages, or a site, which is comprised of just a few web pages and which you have set up simply for your acquaintances and relatives.
You've reached a decision about what your web site will be, now what?
Once you have made a decision about what kind of website you want to build, the next move is to find out what kind of hosting service you must pick for your Internet venture. Essentially, there are two kinds of web hosting services - charge-free web hosting services and paid web hosting services. The free web site hosting solution is usually used by clients that do not own a business-related website.
Strengths and weaknesses of the cost-free web hosting solution
You will not get plenty of features with a free-of-charge web hosting package. Features like web traffic, memory and server disk drive space are restricted and inadequate for a complex online store or a corporate website, or even for a website with plenty of graphics.
What's more, there are a lot of banner advertisements inserted on your website by the web host. These advertisements take up a lot of space on your site and are extremely frustrating.
The paid hosting services are more dependable and include numerous advanced features in addition to the high-power web hosting server that will accommodate your website and its data. Yet, it is important to find out which features your website demands before selecting your hosting plan. You should not rush and wind up spending money on something that your web site does not require.
Pick your hosting provider
It is easy to find a web hosting solutions provider. You have to just carry out an online search in order to find a web hosting services provider that meets your web site's requirements. Before you make your actual choice, go through the specs of the plans delivered by the web hosting distributors that have caught your eye. That is how I encountered NTChosting, one of the premier hosting providers on the marketplace at the moment. The wide variety of web hosting solutions and their prices are what makes them an enthralling choice. Still, you must confirm what kind of web hosting service you need and whether the price corresponds to your allowance. What is more, you must not forget to explore the service provider's Terms & Conditions prior to registering to confirm that your site is not violating them.
Signing up for a website hosting account
Once you have determined what features are optimal for your website, the next move is to open an account with the web hosting plans provider of your preference. You will have all the essential tools for managing your web site files and databases. With NTChosting, for instance, you will acquire a Control Panel, which comprises domain name, web site, database and email box account administration sections. You log into the web hosting Control Panel using your unique user name and password, which grants you safe access to the portion of the hosting server where your site will be hosted.
Uploading your site
You can either upload your files via FTP or, as is with most hosting vendors, through a web-based tool that is included within the web hosting Control Panel. With NTChosting, the File Manager is very easy to use and offers features comparable to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which renders file manipulation very easy. They offer also a web site builder and a PHP-powered script installation tool, which you can utilize to build your site if you possess no programming skills and are taking your first steps in web design. The online web site builder, called SiteStudio, will also spare you the time and effort of making a website on your personal computer and then uploading it using an FTP client application or the File Manager tool.