28 Jul 3 Frequently Asked Questions on webhosting – Part 1
Sometimes you get confused by all the jargons and technological terminologies we use in our interactions with you. Here’s the explanation of some of them.
What is web hosting?
Web hosting is the process of putting your web site on a web server or web host, so everyone connected to the Internet can see it. If you have a permanent connection to the Internet you could host your web site on your own computer, but that is in general not a good idea. A good web host is a real server in a datacenter with a fast high bandwidth connection to the Internet. And, to make sure you can move your web site to another web host, if necessary, you need a web hosting provider that supports domain hosting.
Fortunately, with shared hosting, hosting your web site with a domain name in a reliable datacenter environment is no longer expensive. By the way, Our Reliablehostng.com is a provider of one of the best shared hosting facility in Nigeria.
What is domain hosting?
Most Internet Service Providers (or ISP) will give you a free web site when they provide you with access to the Internet. They do this because they don’t want to give you a permanent IP address, which is what you need if you’d like to host a web site on your own computer. Unfortunately, most ISPs don’t support domain hosting with their free web sites. Hence, the URL of your web site is an extension of the URL of your ISP. So what happens when you change ISP? You will have to change the URL and nobody can find you anymore.
The use of a domain name for your web site is absolutely necessary for a professional web site, and to host your own domain you will need to find a real web hosting provider with domain hosting. Many web hosting plans actually include the price of a domain registration, so don’t register your domain before you have chosen your web hosting company.
if you are looking for a Nigerian domain registration provider, -just in case you prefer .ng, .com.ng and other nigerian related domain name. – then you can use our reliablehostng.com site. You get to pay in Naira and we are NIRA certified too.
What is a subdomain?
A subdomain is an extension of a domain name that normally points to a subdirectory of a web site. Instead of using the URL http://www.how-to-guides.com/faq/ , which points to the directory faq on my site I could have created a subdomain http://www.faq.how-to-guides.com/ to point to that faq directory. In this particular example the subdomain is not that more attractive than the original URL, but in some cases a good choice of a domain name and subdomains can result in a big improvement.
You have to register your domain name first, eg. AlexForBusiness.com before you can then create a subdomain name, e.g Traders.AlexForBusiness.com. You don’t have to pay again to create a sub-domain name. Depending on your hosting provider and the hosting package you are on, you can create as many sub-domains as you want.
Hope these brief explanations have been able to clear any confusions you have regarding some of the terms we use in this business? It wasn’t helpful? Drop your comments below. Go on and teach others too. Spread the Gospel. Share this piece by clicking on the share buttons on this page.
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