The Basics

What is web hosting?

Web hosting providers are ISP (Internet Service Providers) businesses that offer the services, storage, and technology that allow individuals or businesses to display their website on the Internet. They are responsible for making the website available to anyone who is online, whether they search for it specifically or find it while surfing the web. There are many different types of web hosts, but all of them provide space on a server, which is either owned or leased by clients.

Do I need to be an expert to build a website?

You do not need to be an expert in order to build a professional-looking website. In fact, the most popular types of web hosting for start-ups and small companies—shared hosting and web builders—are beginner-friendly and require little to no experience in dealing with code or other technical elements of the trade. However, other types of hosting such as dedicated and cloud hosting, do require someone versed in the server’s technology.

How much does web hosting cost?

On average, web hosting costs between $47.40 and $1,999.88 per year, according to data from the web . This number will naturally vary, as the most affordable form of web hosting—shared hosting—can cost as little as $4 a month, while the most expensive—dedicated hosting—can run up to $100s a month. Many advertise startup prices on the web. You will not always get this price forever so be sure to read the more detailed description to know what the regular price is that it will revert to long term. Choose a package that includes all the services you will need. As a guide think about the size of data storage, bandwidth, FTP and back end access and whether e-mail services are included and supported. And remember you can move your site to another Plan or even another Hosting company later if you think you got it wrong. Its your Domain you can take it where you like.

What is an operating system?

An operating system is a computer’s most important piece of software. The OS manages a number of operations on a computer, including its memory, processes, applications, and hardware. In terms of web hosting, the operating system refers to the foundational system on which a given provider’s servers run. This is generally Linux or Windows. You will often see mention of “Apache” this is the most common platform servers use in conjunction with the OS to manage your sites database.

Customers may have many reasons to prefer one over the other, but the choice is mainly based on familiarity with backend access.

Can I choose my own domain name?

You may choose your own domain name but must rent the license to do so first. All domain names must follow proper regulations and fall under certain restrictions, such as being unique and only consisting of letters, numbers, and hyphens. A domain name cannot be bought, but you can keep using it as long as you pay the fees for it. Another thing to remember is some hosting companies offer a free domain name. You are better to get your domain name from a separate provider like Namecheap. If something goes south with your web hosting provider and you decide to move to another provider you can easily do so. If the current provider issued you a free domain name then holds onto it you are up the creek without a paddle.