What are Hosting Plans?
Owning a website these days is mandatory in terms of scattering ideas, advertising a new business or just remaining up to date with the new tendencies. Since emails have replaced paper letters a long time ago and users check more or less everything on the web, it is a wise idea to have a site where individuals can learn about you or your business - this is a means to come closer to them, to explain to them what you think or what you offer. Let us have a look at what you demand in order to have a web site and the various hosting services that enable you to do that.
A Domain Name - The Internet Address You Must Commence With
First of all, you need a domain - this is the web address that people would write in their browser to look up your site. It should be something that is easy to remember, but also something that is associated with the content of your website. People would invariably go for something brief and simple and this is the first step towards getting certain regular web site visitors.
Picking The Apt Domain Extension For Your Domain Name(s)
The domain name involves 2 constituents - the name itself and the extension, or technically speaking - an SLD (Second-Level Domain) and a TLD (top-level domain name). If we have "example.com", "example" is the SLD, and ".com" is the top-level domain name. The top-level domain names are differentiated into generic Top-Level Domains - .com, .net, .info, .biz; and country-code top-level domain names - .us, .de, .es, etc. While the .com/.net/.org TLDs are the most widespread top-level domain names, some persons might be looking for a regional business, so hold that in your mind when you are selecting a domain name for your site. If you reside in Spain, for instance, an .es domain and a site in Spanish would probably be a more commendable option than a .com website in English. Certainly, you can have both, targeting a larger group of people, so in this situation it would be fine if you could chance on a hosting solutions provider that offers the option of hosting multiple domain names in a single user account. This will spare you time and effort as you will be able to administer all domains and web sites from the same Control Panel instead of logging in and out perpetually so as to handle a specific domain.
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This leads us to the second service that you demand for your web site apart from the domain name - the hosting service itself. To put it in plain English, this is the storage space on a company's hosting server where your files will be situated. When you type my-domain.com in a web browser, you will practically see the website files located in your account with a web hosting service provider. As a matter of fact, the hosting service is a lot more than that. It is a combination of all the services that make your website become visible online.
The Monthly Web Hosting Bandwidth and Monthly Internet Traffic Aspects
Your website content is saved on a server and to be able to access this web site content, the web hosting company apportions a particular quota of traffic to your account, which comes into play every time somebody visits your website. That quota may fluctuate from a few hundred MB to unmetered, determined by the hosting distributor. When you look up a web site, the web site files are copied from the web server to your PC and are then shown in your web browser. A web portal with a lot of pictures or a considerable quantity of downloadable content would consume a lot more traffic, so this is a key aspect when the time comes for you to select a suitable shared hosting package.
Bogart Media - The Proper Hosting Provider
Another functionality that is included in your web hosting plan is the possibility to create e-mails with your very own personal domain name. For a personal web site, this may be something optional, but for a respected corporation it is more or less obligatory to have emails that are using the company's domain name. This makes the company look more professional in the eyes of both present allies and potential customers. Depending on the hosting package, the quantity of the e-mailboxes or the email box size may be restricted, but to stay up to date with what businesses need, we at Bogart Media provide an unlimited number of email accounts and an unlimited email mailbox size quota, thus living up to the expectations of any small-size or large company. There is both webmail and email client support on offer, so you can check your mailboxes from a personal computer, a palmtop computer or even a cellular phone.
Database Support (MySQL, PgSQL, and so on)
For script-based websites, nearly all hosting corporations offer database support. A database is a set of tables utilized for managing and retrieving information shown on a website. One of the most suitable instances would be a message board - all usernames, passwords, and forum messages are saved in a database and are called and displayed on the web site by the forum script when a certain forum page is being looked up. This renders the website more well-organized since just the content that is needed is retrieved and exhibited. Databases are utilized with the majority of free PHP scripts, including e-business web sites, and are an essential part of the standard hosting service at the moment. There are various sorts of database management systems - MySQL, PostgreSQL, MSSQL, etc. Which one you demand is determined by 2 circumstances - which one(s) the given web hosting corporation supports, and which database type is needed by the script that you wish to utilize. It is essential to verify these things before you pick a web hosting distributor.
File Transfer Protocol Support (Uploads, Downloads)
Another service that typically is included in a hosting package is FTP access. FTP is an acronym for File Transfer Protocol, and it is the most common way of copying files to or from a distant web hosting server. You can upload your website using a File Transfer Protocol program, but the majority of web design programs also offer a built-in FTP functionality, so you can upload all your website files with a single click of the mouse directly from the software tool you have used to set them up. For any future updates, you just need to modify the site and then upload the edited web files, which renders running your site very simple and time-effective.
Supplementary Domain Name and Web Application Services
Additional services may comprise domain name management, an online-based website builder and a free PHP script installer. Even though they are not mandatorily provided by all hosting service providers, they are becoming a component of the standard hosting package thanks to the great demand for an all-inclusive hosting package where all the aforementioned functionalities are incorporated and can be managed via one single CP.