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Website Hosting Explained

What is Website Hosting

To have your own website you need a Domain name and then a place to store all your files that make up your website, Website Hosting is just that. A Website is made up of many different files and these files need to be stored in a safe/secure place that is always online and available for anyone to access them 24/7. This is where you need to purchase a Website Hosting Account, this gives you a place to store all the files that make up your website. Your Domain name will link to your Hosting account and display the website stored on your hosting account.

What to look for in a Website Host

Since your whole website is stored on a website hosting account you need it to be fast, reliable and support all the different languages and services needed to run your website. Also you will need your hosting account to offer enough Bandwidth (basically the amount of visitors you are allowed to have) and Disk Space (amount of room you have to store your website). There is a bunch of other terminology associated with Website hosting which I have listed at the bottom of this page for those that are interested. However I recommend going with Hostgator which I describe below why.

What about Site Build It

I should also mention Site Build It (SBI) on this page also as it is another form of website hosting which has other great benefits for those of you who want to generate an income from your website.

Go with Hostgator

There are literally thousands of different Website Hosting Companies that you can sign up with, each vary in price and plans offered, a lot of which are overpriced or don’t offer enough. To save time and help you choose the right Hosting Company I highly recommend that you sign up with Hostgator. Hostgator are reasonably priced, have great customer service and all their plans are unlimited so you don’t have to worry about anything. I host all my websites with Hostgator including this one. I have a video tutorial to help step you through the signup process with Hostgator, check out “***********Signing Up For Website Hosting(coming soon)*********”

Hostgator also use CPanel as their user control panel for every Hosting account. This is great because CPanel is very easy to use and makes controlling every part of your hosting account a breeze. I also have a nice tutorial section showing you exactly how to use CPanel under ******Creating>Website Hosting>Using CPanel (coming soon)********, everything there is in relation to using CPanel from Hostgator.

Website Hosting Terminology

Disk Space – Disk Space is used to store all your website files, emails, databases, etc. So the more you have the better.

Bandwidth – This is the amount of data allowed to travel to and from your Hosting account. Every time you upload a file, check your email, someone visits a page of your website, etc this all uses your Bandwidth, so again the bigger the better.

MySQL Database – These are databases used by web applications like Joomla, WordPress, Forums, etc to store database information. So you do need these but it isn’t as important that they be unlimited just that you are allowed enough to cover all the applications you use to have their own MySQL database.

Domains Allowed – This one’s pretty simply to understand, it’s the amount of different Domain names you have linked to your hosting account. Depending on your Hosting account you can host multiple sites off the one account, however this would require a large allowance of Disk Space, Bandwidth, etc.

Uptime – Basically just the amount of time your website is guaranteed to be online. Again the higher the better, however no one can guarantee 100% uptime so don’t believe that, you will however see a lot of 99.9% Uptime guarantees.

Sub Domains – Is basically a “Sub” Domain to your larger Domain, for example say you have a website www.mysite.com, a sub domain to that would be something like sub.mysite.com or blog.mysite.com.

FTP Accounts – These are accounts used to grant access for uploading or downloading files to and from your website. Each FTP account can be given different permissions and folder restrictions to which it can access off your website.

Addon Domain – This is linked to Domains Allowed as an Addon Domain is where you add an additional Domain to your Hosting account. For example you may have a website www.yoursite1.com hosting on your account then “Addon” a domain www.yousite2.com to the same hosting account.

– With each different hosting account you are usually only allowed so many POP3 Accounts which are used to make different email accounts for the website you own. So if you are limited to say 5 POP3 Accounts you could only make 5 different ***@ yoursite .com emails.