What are Shared Hosting Packages?
Owning a web site at present is obligatory when it comes to publicizing ideas, advertising a brand new business or just staying up to date with the current trends. Since mails have replaced paper letters long ago and users look for more or less everything on the World Wide Web, it is a smart idea to establish a site where customers can find out 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 take a look at what you need in order to build a website and the different shared hosting services that enable you to fulfill that.
A Domain - The World Wide Web Address You Must Start With
First off, you need a domain name - this is the Internet address that people would type in their web browser to get to your site. It should be something that is easy to remember, but also something that is associated with the topic of your website. Visitors would invariably go for something short and simple and this is the first move towards attaining some regular visitors.
Picking The Suitable Domain Extension For Your Domain(s)
The domain name consists of 2 entities - the actual name and the extension, or in technical terms - an SLD (Second-Level Domain) and a TLD (Top-Level Domain). If we have "example.com", "example" is the second-level domain name, and ".com" is the Top-Level Domain. The top-level domain names are separated into generic TLDs - .com, .net, .info, .biz; and country-code top-level domain names - .us, .de, .es, etc. While the .com/.net/.org Top-Level Domains are the best known Top-Level Domains, some persons might be looking for a local business, so remember that when you are choosing a domain for your website. If you are in Spain, for instance, an .es domain and a website in Spanish would perchance be a finer option than a .com website in English. Certainly, you can have both, reaching a broader group of people, so in this case it would be great if you could find a shared hosting provider that offers the option of accommodating multiple domains in one user account. This will save you time and exertion as you will be able to manage all domains and sites from the same Control Panel rather than singing in and out endlessly so as to handle a given domain.
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This brings us to the second service that you demand for your site beside the domain name - the shared hosting service itself. To put it in simple terms, this is the disk drive space on a company's hosting server where your website files will be situated. When you write my-domain.com in a web browser, you will practically notice the website files accommodated in your hosting account with a hosting distributor. As a matter of fact, the shared hosting service is much more than that. It is a set of all the services that make your web page become visible on the World Wide Web.
The Monthly Bandwidth and Hosting Traffic Factors
Your website content is placed on a hosting server and to be able to see this content, the hosting supplier allocates a specific amount of bandwidth to your web hosting account, which comes into play each time somebody goes to your site. That amount may vary from several hundred MB to unlimited, based on the web hosting provider. When you go to a web site, the web site files are copied from the hosting server to your personal computer and are then exhibited in your browser. A website with plenty of pics or a huge quantity of downloadable content would create a lot more web traffic, so this is a vital detail when the time comes for you to choose a suitable shared shared hosting package.
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Another functionality that comes with your plan is the ability to set up mails using your own personal domain name. For a personal site, this may be something nonobligatory, but for a respectable corporation it is more or less obligatory to have mailbox accounts that are using the company's domain. This makes the corporation seem more professional in the eyes of both actual allies and prospective customers. Depending on the hosting package, the number of the e-mailboxes or the mailbox size may be restricted, but to remain up to date with what businesses need, we at BrentHost 'www.brenthost.com' provide an unmetered amount of email mailboxes and an unlimited e-mailbox size quota, thus measuring up to the requirements of any small-size or big firm. There is both webmail and e-mail client support available, so you can check your electronic mails from a desktop computer, a personal data assistant or even a cell phone.
Database Support (MySQL, PostgreSQL, etc.)
For script-powered websites, almost all web hosting suppliers provide database support. A database is a collection of tables utilized for handling and restoring content exhibited on a site. One of the most suitable examples would be a message board - all usernames, passwords, and discussion board posts are saved in a database and are called and exhibited on the web site by the message board script when a specific forum page is being opened. This renders the website more efficient as only the information that is requested is retrieved and displayed. Databases are utilized with most free PHP-based scripts, incl. e-business web sites, and are an essential ingredient of the average hosting service at the moment. There are several types of database management systems - MySQL, PostgreSQL, MSSQL, etc. Which one you require is dependent on 2 things - which one(s) the particular hosting corporation supports, and which database management system is required by the script that you want to use. It is vital to verify these things before you choose a web hosting distributor.
FTP Support (Uploads, Downloads)
Another feature that typically is included in a shared hosting plan is FTP access. FTP is an abbreviation for File Transfer Protocol, and it is the most popular method of copying files to or from a distant web hosting server. You can upload your website using an FTP software application, but the majority of web design software applications also have a built-in File Transfer Protocol functionality, so you can upload all your website files with one single click of the mouse straight from the app you have used to create them. For any subsequent modifications, you only need to modify the site and then upload the modified website files, which makes maintaining your website extremely simple and time-efficient.
Supplementary Domain and Web App Solutions
Additional services may comprise domain name administration, an online website building tool and a free open-source PHP script installation tool. Although they are not necessarily provided by all web hosting providers, they are becoming an ingredient of the normal shared hosting plan due to the high demand for an all-encompassing shared hosting package where all the aforesaid services are present and can be handled through a single CP.