As a beginner trying to find right web host for your website is often daunting. The jargon used by most web hosts often goes way over your head. In Hosting 101 section, BrandBlast has 6 lessons for beginner who wishes to learn basics of finding a web host.
Lesson One: What is Web Hosting?
Web hosting is essentially placement of your website onto Internet through a server. Once your site is on a server, anyone with Internet access can look at your website - from anywhere in world, 24 hours a day. In order to have your site hosted on web, you need to have following three things:
A Website - a page or set of pages that is located under same domain name. brandblast.com is a website (but you knew that already!) A web page is a computer document written in a publishing language called HTML. When an Internet user types in your web address, your web server sends content of your web page to that user.
A Domain Name - a unique text-based address used to locate a specific set of web pages. A domain name is made up of words and/or numbers plus a TLD (top level domain). The TLD for most businesses is ".com", such as http://www.brandblast.com/; non-profit organizations use ".org"; universities and educational sites use ".edu"; and sites involved with U.S. government use ".gov". More TLDs are available, such as .biz, .pro, .name, .info, etc.
An Account With A Web Hosting Company, or a server of your own to host your website. A server is a computer that stores information that can be accessed through network. Servers can also be used to store website information that can be accessed by any computer with a connection to Internet - and a browser such as Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator, two most popular web browsers.
Web hosting is, in many ways, similar to renting property. There are plenty of companies that will rent you space on their web servers. The wide range of services start from free hosting on up to buying a server for your own personal use. It's possible to spend thousands of dollars a year on web hosting alone, though average person or small business typically pays $10 - $50 a month, depending on how many features, web space, and data transfer they need.
Lesson Two: Do I Need a Web Host?
If you are planning to establish an internet presence, whether it be in form of a personal homepage or a full-service e-commerce catalogue, and do not own your own personal server, you will definitely need a web host.
Finding a good web host, however, can be a rather difficult endeavor. BrandBlast’s website hosting services are a great place to start your search, our hosting plans are designed to acccomodate any website requirement and can be upgraded at any time, our plans grow with you.
Choosing a host for your website should not be taken lightly. Once committed, it becomes a real headache to move elsewhere - not to mention damage that can be done to your business if you make wrong choice.
This makes it very important to "get it right first time." Find out as much as you can about your prospective host before making any decisions, and have a clear idea of scope of your site, and functions you wish to have prior to searching for your host.
Doing proper planning will help you a great deal in your selection of a host, and will save you headache of trying to change hosts later.
Lesson Three: What type of web hosting package is suitable for me - free or shared?
FREE - Free is for fun. If you want to experiment with a site or put up a small, personal site for fun of it.
If you fall into this category, you probably need just a small amount of web space and little bandwidth: 1 to 2 MB should be plenty for your needs; and a personal, unique domain name may not even be necessary. In fact, you can get web space FREE. A popular provider of free space is Geocities (http://www.geocities.com/). However, because it's free, you may find out later that there are many limitations - it all depends how far you want to go...
SHARED - Go "shared" if you are serious about doing some business or have a professional website that is much better off "standing on its own." Or if you simply prefer your own domain name and space.