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So you're ready to have your own website?
Congratulations! Here's five easy steps to get started without wasting any time!
In order for your website to be available to anyone at anytime, you need to host it with a web host (i-e a web server leased to you by a web hosting company).
Also, in order for your visitor to easily access your site by name, you will need a domain name such as yourname.com.
Most hosting companies will offer you a package including a domain name with the hosting of your site.
Basically, there are 2 kinds of web sites:
Static sites (simple sites): you will build one or more web pages (called HTML pages) with software like FrontPage or DreamWeaver on your computer. You will then upload the pages to your host's server using FTP software like FileZilla for example.
Every time you will need to change something on your site, you will have to edit the pages on your computer and upload them again. The website never changes by itself. That's why it's called a "static" site.
Note: If you don't have any such software, don't worry: many web hosts will actually provide you with free "site builder" software to get you started.
Dynamic sites (blogs, forums, photo galleries...): you will install software (called a web application) on your web server. This software will let you add and edit content (text, pictures, videos...) at any time directly online without the need for any special tools on your computer. The software may also allow your visitors to leave comments or start discussions of their own if you let them.
Of course we recommend the b2evolution software to start your own blog and more but there's plenty of choice here. Other popular web apps include WordPress, phpBB and Gallery.
Note: If installing a web application sounds complicated, don't worry: many web hosts will automatically install the application of your choice for you. Their tech support should also be able to help you.
While static HTML sites can be hosted on virtually ANY web server, when it comes to web applications, you need to be aware of the technology they are using. There are 2 main categories here:
Note: even if you use Windows on your own computer, you will generally want to go with Linux hosting *unless* you specifically need ASP. Linux hosting is generally faster, cheaper and more flexible than Windows hosting and poses no compatibility problem at all (beyond ASP). For example, all Linux hosts will work fine with a site you designer on DreamWeaver on your PC/Windows.
There is a whole range of service levels in web hosting. These can roughly be broken down like this:
Generally you will always want to start with shared hosting, knowing you can always upgrade later. Shared hosting gives you professional web hosting capabilities at the fraction of the price of a dedicated server.
Once you have settled on Linux vs Windows and Shared vs VPS vs Dedicated, you will still have many offers from many different companies...
A lot of companies will offer you incredible disk space and bandwidth to host your site. Don't fall for it! All hosting plans in the $5 to $10/month today offer more space and bandwidth than you could possibly need when starting a new site.
If you ask us, there are 3 things you want to look at when choosing between similar hosting offers:
I have several websites, do I need a hosting package for each website or can I have just one hosting package that will host all of my websites?
Thank you, very informative.
i have a question about hosting. HTML sites can be hosted on virtually ANY web server?
How to get a domain name registered and how to get a web host
Thanks for all the help! I am just in the process of creating my first online store!
I have a question regarding hosting. I have recently purchased from this web site and I had unaware that the hosting service. So I am trying find out if I may buy one of these hosting Programmes if I have already my site? The majority of these plans provide the website in the box.
Hi I am beginer in field of in this field and want to start my own website .
Can you describe the steps I need to follow for that.
I have a question. I already have a domain name. But I am not quite ready to open up a website. But I currently want a web host so I can have personal e mail addresses. Can I have a web host even though I dont want to put up a website just yet?
What protects my sites name from being pirated, in my case the name is the whole thing. this will be a business.
great tips guys, keep up the good work
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I went through the trouble of downloading a template with a css and am almost finished customizing it. (What a learning curve!) QUESTION: When I sign up with one of your recommended hosting sites, will I have to abandon my work and start over with their software? I have written several blog entries but haven’t chosen anything like wordpress as yet.
Yes you can purchase a new hosting program even if you already have a domain or a website.
If you already have a domain name you can just specify the existing domain name when you sign up with the new hosting provider.
If you already have a complete website, you need to make sure that you sign up for a compatible hosting platform. In that case you might want to check with a sales representative of the company you have selected.
I have a question about hosting. I’ve recently bought this website above and I wasn’t aware of the need of hosting. So I’m trying to figure out if I can purchase one of these hosting programs if I already have my website? Most of these plans offer the website in the package.