Starting a website is easy but you'll need at least two things to get started. Domain registration (which is your name/web address on the internet) and web hosting (the home/place where your website's files are stored). When you combine both, your website will be live on the internet.
Domain registration is a process that basically makes you a partial owner of the world wide web AKA internet. It turns numbers into a nice term you can use to recognize your website. Without domain registration your domain would have to be seen as an IP number or sub-domain (sub.domain.com). When you register a domain name then that becomes your IP (Internet Protocol).
A web host is a place where you store the files (information) of your web site so that it may be accessed by anyone with an internet connection. This is often a computer with storage space and a permanent connection to the internet. Your website will not work on a computer unless it is permanently connected to the internet for all to see. I like to describe it as a piece of property where you can build your house on the Internet.
There are two main types of hosting spaces: Dedicated Servers and Web Hosting. Free web space which is often a type of shared hosting. There is a significant difference in the features included with your web space. Connection speed is also an important issue for ecommerce and a website's ability to gain repeat visitors. A single server can only process so much information and transmit it per second to the Internet. It is important that your web hosting provider does not over-sell their servers. Price is not always a guide to quality especially if you want to make money with your website.
A dedicated server is a single computer or clustered CPU that is permanently connected to the internet, kept and maintained by the hosting company. You may be able to configure the storage capacity and may have the flexibility to configure the software on the computer to suit your needs. The server can be used as a single, large website or split up into various smaller websites depending on your requirements. You can add as much software as you see fit to do server-side scripting i.e. automatically generate web pages, databases, e-commerce, etc. or resell portions of the server to others.
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A shared web host is part of a dedicated server. The websites share the resources on the computers with multiple users. The more websites on the host computer, the more likely it is for the server to slow down or have connection problems. Issues of reliability come into play when shared servers are not managed right, that is why we offer advanced web hosting. Our target is webmasters that seek fast loading web pages and superior performance. Shared web hosting is often a lot cheaper than a dedicated server. Some high quality shared hosts often have a limit on websites per server and contain just as many features as dedicated hosts.
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Free web hosting is a type of shared web hosting. Due to the large amount of subscribers to ISP's, a dedicated server is fragmented to provide each of its clients with their free web space. 1000's of websites may be running on one server constantly maxing out each account's limit and slowing down the server. Most also have strict content and script restrictions that will cause issues later on. This free web hosting is suitable for only the most basic of websites that have no concern for a professional image. Attaching a domain name to the site may not be possible as well.
Shared hosting otherwise known as just "web hosting" is the most popular with over 10 million hosting accounts on the Internet. Once your site grows and needs more power customers tend to upgrade to a dedicated server.
The most important things to know is you need domain registration and web hosting to have a website on the Internet. From there you need a web builder to create the site. There is many online builders that are easier to use like Wordpress and our easy site builder but professional websites are usually built with a program on your computer like Dreamweaver or Microsoft Expressions.
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