Web Hosting FAQ

The Basics of Web Hosting

Most companies now see some sort of web presence as essential to their business and for many that means having their own website. A website is a bit like a theater production. The front end, the bit the audience sees, needs to look good and be clearly visible to all visitors whether they're in the cheap seats (on smartphones with small screens) or the expensive ones (computers with large monitors). To make this work, a lot has to go on behind the scenes and that is where web hosting comes in.

What exactly is web hosting?

What is a domain name?

What is bandwidth?

How much disk space is necessary?

How does paid web hosting work?

How much does it cost?

What is the best hosting company?

What if I can’t find my question here?

What kind of free website hosting can I get?

Is free website hosting secure?

Should I expect less customer support with free website hosting?

How much control do I lose with the cheapest web hosting?

How do I know the cheapest website hosting is the best choice?

What is a server platform with cheap web hosting?

Should I expect a free domain with my hosting?

What is a subdomain?

Can I transfer an existing domain?

What exactly is web hosting?

Web hosting is quite simply the actions required to make a website accessible through the World Wide Web. There are a variety of ways of putting this into practice from individuals small companies sharing space on a server to large companies running their own in-house hosting systems across multiple dedicated servers. Most web hosting companies will offer a selection of packages with various options to allow customers to pick the one which suits them best and many allow a degree of flexibility for people to tailor it to their precise needs.

What is a domain name?

A domain name is the equivalent of a street address but on the internet. The equivalent of a building address is called the top level domain and until recently these primarily reflected a country, either the one in which the web site owner was domiciled or one in which they wished to maintain a local presence. Recently new top level domains were introduced to move away from the idea of classifying the internet by country and towards identifying sites by topic. Generally the top level domain is only used for the homepage of a website. Each individual page then has its own address like rooms in an office building.

What is bandwidth?

Bandwidth is the amount of incoming and outgoing data your website can handle. How much bandwidth you need depends on the nature of your site. If your website is multimedia heavy with audio files to download and video to stream, you're going to need a lot more bandwidth than a traditional text-and-images site.

How much disk space is necessary?

Again this depends on the nature of your site. Sites which are very interactive tend to need more disk space than sites which are largely for text-based content. As a rough guideline, allow 30Kb for a basic page (i.e. HTML and text only). Add 100KB for each basic photo (e.g. a product photo). Audio and video files and photos which are more than basic, clear snapshots need to have their sizes checked individually. It's a good idea to give a 10 to 20 per cent allowance for extra elements (CSS, JavaScript) and growth. Having said that, many hosting providers allow for flexibility in the amount of disk space used.

How does paid web hosting work?

Many individuals and smaller organizations opt to pay for hosting. This means that they provide the files with their web content to an external company, which then takes care of all the practicalities of making it accessible on the World Wide Web. This relieves smaller organizations of the burden of needing to provide their own equipment and expertise and to negotiate contracts individually

How much does it cost?

This will depend on what you want. Basic, small-scale hosting packages can start at as little as a few dollars a month. Prices will then go up depending on what you want in terms of facilities and support. One of the great advantages of using web-hosting is that it allows users to manage their web services on the basis of a monthly cost without having significant up-front capital expenditure. It also allows for flexibility in line with changing needs

What is the best hosting company?

While price is an important factor in choosing a hosting company, it’s important to avoid cases of false economy. Most individuals and smaller companies benefit from hosting companies which can offer flexibility of service and can implement changes quickly. The quality of support and customer service is also an important point, which may only be fully appreciated when it is needed.

What if I can’t find my question here?

Please contact us - we’ll be happy to help. You can drop us an email at contact@thetop10webhosting.ca

What kind of free website hosting can I get?

Free website hosting is usually shared hosting, where all websites are hosted on the same shared server. The majority of websites use this kind of hosting without ever noticing the shared security or bandwidth or encountering any problems.

Is free website hosting secure?

Make sure to check the free hosting company offers adequate security measures such as an SSL if you are selling online, and malware protection. Extras would include daily backups of your data, or 24/7 security at the server location.

Should I expect less customer support with free website hosting?

We don’t think so! The best free website hosting will still offer you round the clock technical support and contact options, regardless of where in the world you are based. Especially if you are selling online, you need to know your free web hosts aren't going to cost you money in waiting for a reply over non working days using a faceless ticket system.

How much control do I lose with the cheapest web hosting?

If you're looking for high levels of administrator control, look for a cheap hosting solution which offers you a control panel, like the cPanel. This means you will always be able to handle administrative tasks and manage your website needs yourself without relying on customer support.

How do I know the cheapest website hosting is the best choice?

You don’t. Often the price the company quotes you is not connected to the quality of the product, so just as an expensive hosting solution can be poor, the cheapest web hosting can be exactly what you need. As well as looking at our in-depth reviews and articles, you can usually try a free trial or take advantage of a money back guarantee before you commit.

What is a server platform with cheap web hosting?

This is the type of server software that your cheap web host is running on the servers they use. The three most common types are Linux, Unix and Windows. For the majority of websites who aren't serving up complex or dynamic pages, the server platform will not matter. Speak to customer services before you buy if you think this may affect you.

Should I expect a free domain with my hosting?

Most of our top names in hosting offer a cheap domain or even a free domain for at least the first year of your subscription. Some will even offer a free domain for life. However, to buy a domain is not a very expensive purchase and you shoud make sure that the other hosting elements are right for you too.

What is a subdomain?

When you are offered "unlimited subdomains" with your website hosting, you want to know what this means! These are basically additional pages at your domain. For example if you have the website "Http://BestWebsiteEver123.com" your blog subdomain might be "Http://Blog.bestwebsiteever123.com"

Can I transfer an existing domain?

if you are looking for new website hosting, but are happy with your existing domain name, and don't want to lose the traffic and domain authority related to that domain name, your new web hosts should be able to cheaply and smoothly transfer your existing domain to the new domain host service. Make sure you ensure your website wont suffer any downtime.