Your entry into paid web hosting is most probably shared hosting. Shared hosting means that you share a web server with many other websites. A web host owns the server, and they rent out small parts of the servers, so webmasters can share the cost of the server. The number of accounts on one shared server can be from 5 to a few hundred. Something like 100 or 200 is normal for lowend shared hosting accounts.

The web host will set up your account after you have paid, with all the necessary functionality installed. If you do not own a domain, the web host will probably assist you in getting one. All you have to do is upload your website, and your visitors can come. And no advertisements are placed on your website, except your own ads of course.

With a shared web hosting account and your own domain, you have the opportunity to create a professional image of your online business/activity. All you have to do is to create a good looking website with decent content.

The other articles in the beginner-section will cover everything you need to know to get started with shared web hosting, and select a web host that will provide what you need for a successful online presence.