Why does almost every business start out with a shared web hosting plan? First, shared hosting is affordable. It makes web hosting accessible to even brand-new businesses, creating a platform that is small enough to fit a modest budget, but flexible enough to support your growth. Second, shared hosting does not require any server management, allowing you to concentrate on your business.
Most importantly, shared hosting should be easy to use. If you are a novice webmaster or a small business owner looking to create your very first website, shared hosting comes complete with powerful features that make routine administration and building your website a quick and convenient process.
Before you order your plan, make sure you will receive access to tools and software that simplify and automate the website management process. Armed with the best tools, you can start creating the best website.
Professional shared hosting provider JaguarPC has put together the following information on the four important features that streamline moving or creating your website, and how these features can be used to expand the content you offer in new and exciting ways. By reading the article, you will learn how a hosting provider can help you transfer your existing website to their servers and how the right software can save you time and money as you expand.
Read on to see just how easy it can be to transform from a web hosting novice to an expert webmaster with full control over your site.
How a web hosting control panel saves you time
When you order a shared hosting plan, a good web hosting control panel can make the difference between a large, stressful workload and ultra-fast administration.
Accessed through your web browser, a control panel provides a secure browser-based interface for working with your hosting account. Within a control panel, you will be able to do the following:
* Upload files and folders to your server
* Configure mailboxes for incoming and outgoing mail
* Change domain name settings and park additional domains
* Work with the databases that power your applications
These are just a few features available within a control panel, but they all have something in common – they are used on a very regular basis. The alternative to a control panel is to log in to your server directly and use remote access to change settings. For inexperienced webmasters, this is a complex process to learn.
In addition, a browser-based control panel gives you all the access you need to your hosting plan, but nothing more. Within the control panel, you can confidently explore different settings and features, without having complete access to potentially server-breaking features.
Some popular web hosting control panels include the following:
* Parallels Plesk
All control panels offer similar features, with built-in help systems to teach you the basics of using your hosting account. If your hosting provider offers a control panel free of charge with your shared hosting plan, you will be able to manage your own website with unparalleled ease of use.
Make a website in minutes with a free site builder
Once you have configured the settings of your shared hosting plan, it is time to start building your content. However, you do not need to learn HTML and the dynamic scripting languages that make up the Web. Instead, why not build your site in an application that looks and feels like your desktop publishing software?
RVSiteBuilder is a browser-based site builder you can access from your web hosting control panel. In RVSiteBuilder, you can select from pre-configured templates and designs, giving your site a professional look without having to learn web design or paying a designer. You can then input text from a WYSIWYG (What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get) interface, creating as many individual pages as you require.
Once your website is up and running, RVSiteBuilder doubles as a content management system (CMS). You can edit content or add new pages with just a few clicks, keeping the pages on your site organized and easy to navigate.
RVSiteBuilder allows you to create an intuitive, easy-to–use, and professional-looking website in just a few hours.
Expand your website with automated script installers
In the past, the average website was nothing more than a few pages of static content that informed your visitors about your business and asked them to get in touch over the phone or by email. But today, your website needs a range of rich and exciting content to attract visitors and succeed.
Many applications you require for your growing website can be downloaded to your desktop. You can then change settings by editing code, upload the files and folder to your hosting plan over FTP, and CHMOD the files to set the correct access permissions.
But, fortunately, there is an easier way!
The best shared hosting plans include access to an automated script installer that can install applications for you in seconds. Two popular script installers are Softaculous and Fantastico.
Softaculous and Fantastico can be opened from your web hosting control panel, offering a searchable database of applications, ranging from content management systems (CMS) to message boards and YouTube clones. You can explore different applications, learn about their major features, and even check reviews from other users.
When you have decided which application you need, simply click “Install” to launch the application on your shared hosting plan. A script installer takes care of transferring files, defining permissions, and adjusting settings to work on your server. All you need to do is start working with the application itself.
Get help migrating your website
A shared web hosting plan is incredibly easy to use and can give even the most novice users a sense of control over how their website works. But however confident you are working with your hosting plan, moving from one server to another is a far more complex and intimidating process.
Migration is difficult because of the potential consequences of getting it wrong. People who try to migrate their own website to a new home often find themselves losing mission-critical data. Even when the transition keeps a website intact, settings need to be changed to fit the new location. Finally, poor timing in a migration process can take your website offline for hours or even days, during which time you lose out on visitors, leads, and revenue.
Perhaps the most important shared web hosting feature of all for novice webmasters is professional assistance during migration. Any reputable hosting provider will be happy to assist you in transferring your data, taking care to create backups before anything is moved, and timing the migration to minimize downtime.
Your shared hosting plan should be easy to use even before it is online. Before you place your order, learn what your hosting provider will do to smooth the transition from your previous provider.
Easy-to-use shared web hosting from JaguarPC
Few things are more important than ease of use. If your hosting plan is difficult and complex to work with, you can find yourself spending weeks working on your website, when you should be working on other areas of your business.
As an experienced shared hosting provider with a commitment to helping customers grow their businesses, JaguarPC offers all the features you need to make creating and managing your website easy.
Unlimited shared web hosting plans from JaguarPC include free migration assistance, the cPanel Pro web hosting control panel, RVSiteBuilder, and the Softaculous script installer. With these features, working with your website will be a quick and convenient process.
Of course, if you need additional help, JaguarPC also provides a detailed collection of web hosting guides and tutorials, and 24/7/365 technical support from qualified shared hosting experts.