Website Hosting & Email Account Hosting

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Website Hosting Explained

What is web hosting? Web Hosts are companies that provide space on a server that is owned or leased for use by their clients. They also provide internet connectivity which is usually done via a data center. The scope of web hosting is vastly different depending on the needs of the project/client. The most basic would be web page and small scale file hosting, where files can be uploaded via File Transfer Protocol (FTP), or a web interface (Web Shop Manager is an example of this). This is usually sufficient for a personal web page set up, but for a more complex site, a more dynamic package is needed. These complex packages typically provide database support and development programs that allow clients to install applications like content management, or Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) if the site is eCommerce.

How is it different than a domain? While having a domain and setting up your web hosting pretty much go hand in hand, the two terms also get confused quite often and are mistakenly used interchangeably. Think about it like this-- your domain name is like the address to your house. It's how all of your friends know where to find you and it's what gives you the right to live on that spot. Web Hosting is like the house at that address. If you don't pay to have that house there, then all you have is an address with nothing to show for it! Think of domains and web hosting as a 2 step process. First you need to purchase a domain name, and then you have to set up your hosting so that your domain (website) can be visible.

Bandwidth: Whether you’re in the web hosting business or in the market for a new website, bandwidth is a term that will be thrown around quite a bit, and it’s important to understand exactly why it’s such a huge factor. The simple explanation of bandwidth is the amount of traffic that passes between your website and other computers connected to the internet. Depending on the quality of the network provided by your hosting company, you will have higher or lower bandwidth limitations. Basically, you have a set amount of data that can be transferred between your website and the internet before your specific bandwidth plan is exceeded. For example, let’s say your website is a grocery store checkout line. In this analogy, bandwidth would be the amount of lines you have opened at any given time, and as a result, the amount of checkers needed to manage said lines. If only one line is open and there happens to be a lot of customers in the store, you would need to hire more checkers in order to allow customers to move through your store quickly. This is why it is important to understand what kind of traffic your site will be getting, and plan your bandwidth specifications accordingly, because if you aren’t paying for high enough bandwidth your costs will go up significantly when you exceed your limit. For information on different hosting levels and the bandwidth associated with each, check out WSM's pricing.

When does hosting start? Typically, you will have to start paying for web hosting as soon as your domain name is being hosted (which means it is being displayed on the web). Until your hosting starts, browsers will not find your website. Sometimes web hosting providers will offer a certain amount of "free hosting" while the sites are still in development, and payment will begin after that period.

Email Hosting

Why do emails need to be hosted? It is typically a good idea to set up email accounts to be hosted on a server so that all of the company's business related emails can be archived. Email has become much more prevalent in business nowadays, and archiving emails is similar to keeping detailed records of transactions and business interactions.

Why do you want @yourdomain.com email accounts? Having numerous email accounts set up for your business that match your domain name makes the company itself look much more professional and credible. If the email listed under your contact us section is "ilovecars33@yahoo.com", people may take you less seriously. It is also useful to set up a variety of different email accounts so that inquiries can be separated by the kind of contact they are trying to make. This way things like customer service and sales can be handled separately and more efficiently.

What kind of email accounts do companies set up? Typically the company will set up an account for each person that works there, and some other common ones would be support@yourdomain, info@yourdomain, sales@yourdomain, returns@yourdomain, etc. Maintaining these separate email accounts helps users find exactly which one they should contact, and lets employees handle them much more easily.

What is a mail forward/mail alias?

Advanced Hosting Topics

What is DNS?

The Domain Name System (DNS) is a naming system for computers, services, or any resource connected to the Internet or a private network. It associates various information with domain names assigned to each of the participating computers or services. A Domain Name Service translates searches for these names into IP addresses for the purpose of locating computer services and devices worldwide. By providing a worldwide, distributed keyword-based redirection service, the Domain Name System is an essential part of the functionality of the Internet.

Where do you go to point DNS?

Your domain registration account.

Can you host your emails & website in different locations? 

Yes, you can have your website hosted on one server and use AName records to point to the IP where your emails are being hosted.

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