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Description of Shared Hosting Plans
Running a web site today is a must in terms of spreading ideas, promoting a brand new business or plainly remaining up to date with the current trends. Since electronic mails have replaced paper letters a long time ago and people look for pretty much everything online, it is a sensible idea to have a web portal where clients can get informed about you or your business - this is a means to get closer to them, to explain to them what you think or what you offer. Let us have a peek at what you require so as to create a website and the different shared hosting services that enable you to do that.
A Domain - The Web Address You Must Commence With
First, you need a domain name - this is the World Wide Web address that visitors would write in their browser to get to your web site. It should be something that is easy to memorize, but also something that is connected with the content of your website. Visitors would invariably go for something concise and easy and this is the initial step toward obtaining certain regular website visitors.
Choosing The Right Domain Name Extension For Your Domain Name(s)
The domain contains two entities - the name itself and the extension, or in technical terms - an SLD (second-level domain name) and a TLD (top-level domain name). If we take "example.com", "example" is the SLD, and ".com" is the Top-Level Domain. The TLDs are separated into generic Top-Level Domains - .com, .net, .info, .biz; and country-code top-level domain names - .us, .de, .es, and so on. While the .com/.net/.org top-level domain names are the most popular top-level domain names, certain individuals might be looking for a local business, so hold that in your mind when you are picking up a domain for your web portal. If you live in Spain, for instance, an .es domain name and a site in Spanish would probably be a more suitable choice than a .com web site in English. Sure enough, you can have both, targeting a bigger group of people, so in this case it would be great if you could encounter a shared hosting plans provider that offers the option of hosting multiple domain names in one single user account. This will spare you time and effort as you will be able to manage all domain names and websites from one and the same web hosting Control Panel rather than logging on and off endlessly in order to handle a given domain name.
The Shared Hosting Solution - The Unseen Power Behind Each and Every Web Site
This brings us to the second service that you require for your website beside the domain name - the shared hosting service itself. In plain terns, this is the content storage space on a company's web server where your website files will be kept. When you type my-domain.com in a web browser, you will actually see the files saved in your web hosting account with a hosting service provider. In reality, the shared hosting service is much more than this. It is a combination of all the services that let your web page become accessible online.
The Bandwidth and Web Hosting Traffic Factors
Your web site content is put on a server and to be able to see this web site content, the web host allocates a specific amount of monthly web hosting traffic to your account, which comes into play every time a visitor opens your site. That quota may fluctuate from several hundred megabytes to unlimited, depending on the web host. When you arrive at a website, the website files are copied from the web server to your PC and are then shown in your web browser. A web site with a lot of pictures or a large amount of downloadable content would consume a lot more traffic, so this is an important facet when the time arrives for you to select a proper shared shared hosting package.
Web Lakay - The Apt Shared Hosting Provider
The next functionality that is included in your plan is the ability to set up e-mails with your own domain name. For a family-oriented website, this may be something optional, but for a respectable company it is more or less obligatory to have e-mail boxes that are using the corporation's domain name. This makes the corporation seem more professional in the eyes of both current allies and potential customers. Based on the hosting package, the number of the mailbox accounts or the email box size may be restricted, but to stay up to date with what companies need, we at Web Lakay provide an unlimited quantity of e-mail accounts and an unmetered e-mailbox size quota, thus satisfying the demands of any small-sized or large business organization. There is both webmail and e-mail client support available, so you can check your mails from a personal computer, a personal digital assistant or even a smartphone.
Database Support (MySQL, PgSQL, and so on)
For script-powered websites, nearly all providers offer database support. A database is a collection of tables utilized for managing and restoring information exhibited on a web site. One of the most relevant instances would be a forum - all usernames, passwords, and discussion board posts are stashed in a database and are called and shown on the website by the message board script when a particular forum page is being opened. This makes the web site more well-organized as just the content that is requested is retrieved and displayed. Databases are used with most free PHP-powered scripts, including ecommerce web sites, and are an important ingredient of the average hosting service now. There are different varieties of database management systems - MySQL, PostgreSQL, MSSQL, and so on. Which one you need depends on 2 conditions - which one(s) the specific web hosting provider supports, and which database management system is needed by the script that you would like to utilize. It is vital to check these things before you choose a service provider.
File Transfer Protocol Support (Uploads, Downloads)
Another functionality that usually comes with a shared hosting plan is FTP access. FTP is an abbreviation for File Transfer Protocol, and it is the most common way of copying web site files to or from a distant hosting server. You can upload your web site via a File Transfer Protocol software application, but most web design software programs also offer a built-in FTP functionality, so you can upload all your web site files with one single mouse click directly from the software platform you have utilized to create them. For any subsequent modifications, you just have to modify the site and then upload the edited files, which makes administering your website very easy and time-efficient.
Supplementary Domain Name and Web Application Solutions
Additional functionalities may comprise domain name administration, an online-based web site builder and an open-source script installation tool. Even though they are not mandatorily provided by all hosting companies, they are becoming a part of the average shared hosting package because of the large demand for an all-encompassing shared hosting solution where all the aforesaid services are incorporated and can be administered through a single CP.