Frequently Asked Questions
What is Web Hosting?
Web hosting is the act of renting space and bandwidth through a company so that you may publish your web site online.
What is Virtual Hosting?
Virtual hosting (Also known as shared hosting) simple refers to the fact that your site is on one server, and that this server hosts multiple sites. You are virtually shared – your site will not be the only one on this specific server.
What is a Domain Name?
A domain name is a word along with a TLD that uniquely identifies your website. Example www.xyz.com
How Do I Register a Domain Name?
Registering a domain name is very easy.First you will have to make sure that the domain you want is available – using something called a WHOIS lookup at sites like Register.com or Whois Source you can make sure the domain you want is available for registration.
What exactly is space and bandwidth/data transfer?
Diskspace is the size your website can be. Every single letter on your website has to be stored somewhere on your web host’s server. Each letter is one byte, and a megabyte is roughly one million bytes. HTML pages are usually very small, but it is the extra images, scripts, and even databases that can take up large amounts of disk space.
Bandwidth/Transfer is the amount of data the server will allow your site to send in a month. Transfer is usually measured in gigabytes – billions of bytes. Once you go over your monthly limit, a host may either shut your site down for the remainder of the month or it can charge you ‘overage.’
How do I track how many hits my website gets?
Here are a few things that need to be cleared in terms of terminology:
- Hits – this simply refers to the number of ‘elements’ loaded on your site. If one page has five images in it, viewing that page once adds 6 hits (one page + five images)
- Impressions – the number of times all the pages on your site are seen (also simply called pageviews). Impressions are sometimes referred to as ‘hits’ which can cause confusion
- Uniques – the number of people that visited your site
So to clarify, if I visit your website, look at two pages, and each page has 5 images on it, then your stats increase by one unique, two page views, and 12 hits.
Do I have to change my domain if I get a new host?
No. Provided that the domain is registered in your name (as it should be), you can simply update your namservers (from where you manage your domain names) to that of your new host.
What are subdomains?
Consider subdomains as an extension of your domain. For example, your site is www.example.com. A subdomain would be test.example.com, and another would be webhosting.example.com.
How do I upload my site online?
Uploading your site can be done in many ways, but the most popular is FTP.
When your hosting account was created, you should have been provided with an FTP account. Using software such as CuteFTP or WS_FTP, you can log into your host. Then, using the program like a normal windows program, you can drag and drop files onto your web host. These files become live online instantaneously.
What is uptime?
Uptime is literally what it means – it is the amount of time your site is online throughout the entire month.The best uptime would be 100%, but because things can break, many hosts offer 99.9% uptime guarantees. This means that if your site is not accessible for more than 43 minutes in a single month, they will reimburse you, depending on their terms of service.
What is SEO?
SEO is abbreviated for Search Engine Optimization, which is the practice of optimizing a website in order to achieve traffic from search engines.