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Web Hosting, FAQs

Q.What Is Web Hosting?
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Web hosting involves renting space on a server and bandwidth from a provider so that you can publish your website online. It's available in two flavors: Free and ad-based or paid and ad free. With the latter option, you have complete control over your site's content.

Q.What Is Virtual Hosting?
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Virtual hosting, also known as shared hosting, involves operating your site on a server that hosts multiple sites. In other words, your site is sharing the processing power, bandwidth and memory along with other sites on that particular server. This form of Web hosting is sufficient for the vast majority of websites. It's also a reliable and inexpensive solution for sites that do not need the power of a dedicated server.

Q.What Is A Domain Name?
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A domain name is a word along with a top-level domain (.com, .net, .org, etc.) that uniquely identifies your website.

Q.How Do I Register A Domain Name?
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Registering a domain name is a very simple process. First, make sure the domain is available. You can do this by looking it up on WHOIS. Once you confirm it's available, you can register the domain at Infobool or any other domain registration site. Registering with Infobool simplifies the process greatly because we will take care of DNS registration and other changes that need to be made.

Q.What is space and bandwidth/data Transfer?
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Disk space refers to the storage required to hold your website. Every single letter on your website has to be stored somewhere on your Web host's server. Each letter is one byte, and a megabyte is roughly 1 million bytes. HTML pages are usually very small, but images, scripts and databases can take up large amounts of disk space.
Bandwidth/transfer is the amount of data the server will allow your site to transmit in a month. Transfer is usually measured in gigabytes, or billions of bytes. Once you go over your monthly limit, your host may either shut your site down for the remainder of the month or charge you an overage fee.

Q.What Are Subdomains?
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Subdomains are an extension of your domain. For example, your site is http://www.example.com A sub.domain would be test.example.com. Another would be webhosting.example.com. Subdomains are usually treated as separate from the main site.

Q.Do I Have To Change My Domain If I Get A New Host?
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No. As long as the domain is registered in your name, you can simply update your name servers to point to your new host.

Q.What Is Domain Parking?
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Domain parking lets you buy a domain and place a "coming soon" graphic on it. This is not needed. If a domain is not parked, it will be accessible to no one. Most domain registrars provide domain parking by default.

Q.How do I upload my site?
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Your site can be uploaded in many ways, but the most popular is FTP. When your hosting account was created, you were provided with an FTP account. Using software such as CuteFTP or FileZilla, you can log into your host. Then, using the program like a normal windows program, you drag and drop files onto your Web host's server. These files become live online instantaneously. There are other ways to upload your site, including Secure Shell (SSH) or uploading files through your browser.

Q.What Is Uptime?
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Uptime is the amount of time your site is online throughout the entire month.
Obviously, 100% uptime is ideal. But things can break, and many hosts - including Infobool - offer 99.9% uptime guarantees.

Q.What Is The Difference Between Unix Hosting And Windows Hosting?
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Choose your operating system based on the needs of your applications.
If you plan to use Microsoft solutions such as ASP, MS Access, or VBScript, then Windows hosting is the best choice. Furthermore, if you are comfortable with Microsoft's IIS Web server, Windows hosting is the way to go. There are a few things to keep in mind:
• Just because you use Windows at home does not mean you should use Windows hosting. The two are completely different, and having a Windows system at home will not affect your ability to communicate with a UNIX/Linux server.
• Linux is much more common with Web hosts due to its superior stability and price. Because it is free, Linux hosting is usually cheaper than Windows. Just because it's free does not mean it's not as good. Linux is an excellent product that's developed and supported by millions of developers around the world.

Q.Why Would I Need A Dedicated Ip?
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For most users, a dedicated IP is not required. But one can make it easier to set up anonymous FTP access or operate a website using SSL.

Q.Why Don't I Just Go With The Cheapest Hosting?
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Sometimes you'll find Web hosting deals that seem too good to be true. Chances are, they are. There are discount hosing services offer low prices and good service. But keep these things in mind:
• Some hosts try to limit their customers' activity through their Terms of Service (TOS) or Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). Be sure to thoroughly review both documents before signing up with a host.
• Some hosts skimp on overall performance and bandwidth in order to keep rates low.
• Low prices often mean little support. Do not expect to receive an answer to your questions right away if you are paying less than $10 a month (30 cents a day) for Web hosting. Many hosts now offer online tutorials to show how to set up a website or how a feature works.

Before you sign up with a Web host, do some research. Google the company, and visit WebHostingTalk.com to see other customers' reviews.

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