Web Hosting Basics

Web Hosting Basics

When you have decided your company is ready for a website, you will need to do this two things first

One, you have to register a domain name for your company website, such as www.yourcompany.com. This has to be renewed on a yearly basis and costs about USD10.00 per year. You can register a domain name with your web hosting company or get your webmaster to do it for you.

Though many of the names you might want are already taken, you can often find one that suits your needs if you get creative with it. For instance, if your business is called Fast Movers and that domain name is already taken, you might consider choosing Fast Movers Company or Fast Movers Today. The possibilities are endless, and with a little thought you will be able to think of a suitable domain name.

Two, you will have to purchase web hosting services from a hosting company. There are many different web-hosting companies to choose from, and they can easily be found on the internet. It does not really matter if the web hosting provider is based in your country, very often servers are located all over the world. If you do a quick search for them in any search engine, you will find that there are almost too many to count. Choosing the company that is right for you can be a harrowing experience, but there are really only a few basic things to consider.

Choosing Web Hosting
The first factor to consider when choosing a web hosting company is how much space they will give you for your account. If you merely want a single page on the Internet with little or no graphics, you can get by with purchasing an account with the smallest amount of space available. However, if you are planning to create a full e-commerce site with multiple pages and order forms, you will need to make sure you have enough server space to support your entire operation.

The second factor to consider is how rapid is their support. You can check their support forum, or email them to see how fast their reply is. I consider a same day reply, or with 24 hours to be the standard.

Creating A Website
When you have a domain name and web hosting, you will have to create a website to put on the Internet. There are many web design templates that are fairly user friendly and makes it do-it-yourself simple. With software like FrontPage or any free program like Komposer, it is fill in the blanks, copy and paste. You can also customize your website to be part of your corporate identity, in terms of colors and logo. However, if you would like a more professional look, there are always freelance web designers who are ready to take on your project.

Your web hosting company will give you a password to allow you access your space on their servers. You can upload files using their own interface programs, or you can utilize the upload tools built in to your web design program. You will need to do this to create pages on your website or update your information.

Internet Browsers
Once you upload a page, it is important to make sure it looks correct on a variety of different web browsers. It comes as a surprise to many people that websites looks terrible on Internet Explorer, although it has improved with the latest IE browsers. So it is important to update your internet browsers to the latest version.

To save yourself trouble, you should use Mozilla Firefox. It is free, and regularly updated. Using firefox will definitely improve your internet experience, or you can try Google Chrome or Safari.

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