Domain Names and Webhosting Explained
By Ted Prodromou
Domain Names and Webhosting Explained
When you launch a new website you must register a unique domain
name with an authorized registrar. When the internet was first starting, all
domain names were registered through one company, Network
Solutions. Today, there are hundreds if not thousands of websites where
you can register your domain name. Some websites charge as little as
$4.95 per year for your domain name while others charge as much as
$35 per year for the exact same service. Why pay $35 when you can
register your domain name for much less at another website?
The interesting thing is that Network Solutions is still the keeper of the
domain name database and the other websites are domain name
¡°resellers. Why does Network Solutions charge $35 per year if they are
the keeper of the database? Who knows and who cares! Register your
domain with one of the cheaper providers and you'll be fine.
Now when it comes to webhosting, cheaper is not always better. You can
get webhosting for free from some companies and the level of service
you receive will reflect what you're paying. You're website will be hosted
on a server with hundreds or even thousands of other websites. Your
website will probably respond slowly and you may have frequent
outages. Worse, your email may or may not get delivered because of the
slow server and network bandwidth problems. Don't cut costs on your
webhosting company. A penny saved will be many dollars of lost
Web hosts are service companies that provide space on their servers for
internet users. Web hosts provide online systems for internet connectivity
and for storing information, image mediums and other internet content.
For the company interested in conducting business on the web, the
proper choice of web host is a crucial step in any internet marketing plan.
There are several types of web hosting available. Free hosting is the
least costly, but the most limited with regard to services and space;
though a free web host may be a consideration for an individual
professional or small business to start out. The restrictions on
advertising, bandwidth and permissible edit sites, may be limiting for a
company looking for rapid growth.
Shared hosting places your website on the same server as several
(potentially hundreds) of other sites. Although these are less restricted
than free hosts, they do impose some limitations on site capabilities.
Reseller hosting allows an e-business to obtain a large amount of
bandwidth and space on its account and divide the space as it sees fit.
This is similar to a shared hosting because your server is placed on the
same server as others. But you can decide on the amount of the
divisions and with whom to share.
Less Restricted Web Hosting Choices
Dedicated hosting and Virtual Private Server hosting provide very similar
results. A dedicated hosting is relatively expensive, but is less restricted
than those previously discussed. With dedicated hosting, you, as the
user, have a server to yourself. Thus, there are very little restrictions and
you are on your own with regard to services.
Virtual private server technology enables one server to host multiple
virtual environments. These environments have the characteristics of
individual stand-alone servers. Essentially, the results are the same,
though a virtual private server hosting is less expensive. With Colocated
hosting, the user installs a self-purchased server at the data center of the
host. The services often provided for other types of hosting, must be paid
for by the colocated hosting user, thus the costs associated with this
choice tend to be high.
In order to use a web-hosting service, your e-business must already
have an existing website ready to go. So as you develop your website,
one of the crucial planning components is deciding what web hosting
service your e-business and site will require. Valiss is the internet
marketing expert. They will help you design and implement your entire
internet marketing plan, and will then help you navigate the many issues
involving your web hosting choice. For more information visit
About the Author
Ted Prodromou spent over 25 years in the computer industry working for IBM, Digital, and Cellular One. Today he's the owner of Valiss IT, a consulting firm that provides small business marketing solutions. Learn how to automate your marketing with Ted's latest program at www.valiss.com/specials. You can also sign up for his marketng newsletter at http://www.valiss.com.
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When you launch a new website you must register a
unique domain name with an authorized registrar.
When the internet was first starting, all domain names
and IP addresses were registered ...