Many people do not know the difference between hosting a web site and the issue of the domain name; most people are familiar with blogs, but running an actual website is a little bit more complicated than that. No worries, though, we will get you up and running in no time.
The first thing, of course, is going to be thinking about your website, what you want it to do, and what name you would like to give it. There are many different services to see if a domain name is available, and there are many different companies that you can buy the domain name through. The companies vary somewhat in pricing and in the amount of services they can deliver.
Initially the domain name can be bought for 1 year through 4 years or more; it is much less expensive to buy your domain name for multiple years, because when it renews it will be at a much higher rate. This is true across the spectrum, and this is a great way to save money. Buy as many years rights to your domain name as you can afford.
That is what you are buying; you came up with the name, and as long as you pay for it is your; keep it forever, sell it to the highest bidder, it’s yours.
So, now that you have that cool new domain name, johnnyspoolcues.com, you need to find it a home. Websites are run through servers, and depending on exactly what you want out of your website, whether it will be handling any type of monetary transaction, downloading content or how many visitors the site can handle will determine the type of hosting you need to consider; there are multiple levels of service available. Companies like Macquarie Telecom Ltd. (MAQ) offer many different options of service and accessibility to customers.
The lowest level is basic web hosting this is ideal for many types of sites. The customer does not have access to the server, but has complete control over the content of the website. However, such web sites have to rely solely on the hosting server’s management over exactly what type of software the servers are running and the greater security protocols that are in place.
Co-hosting servers inside of a facility is a valid option, as is gaining a managed dedicated servers contract. With co-hosting you do have a bit more control as you own the server completely. This allows you to make upgrades instantly. The hosting company is just granting it link up privileges, but even that is too much for some people to worry about. In that case having access to managed dedicated servers is a perfect solution for many websites that are too big for simple hosting and not big enough for a dedicated IT team.
Managed dedicated servers can supply complete flexibility in programming, and if the right company is chosen should have a dedicated IT team that you can hire on a per task basis, as well as caring for the full time security and infrastructure needs of the server farm you are using to rent your server.
If you are considering building a website, lock your domain name down, but take your time with the web hosting – compare hosting plans, and get an idea of exactly what you want your website to do. Draw up a list of questions, and look for the company that answers your concerns in real language – and welcome to the web!
Himadri is a passionate blogger who writes for his technology tips & tricks related blog TechnTechie. He is also a PhD candidate at the University of Canterbury. Though it is hard to balance time in between research and blogging, he still manages time to work for his own blog and writes regularly. The dashboard of this WordPress is the only place where he does not feel tired!