Domain Name & Hosting

What is a Domain Name?

A domain name is your website name, the name of your business, your pages, and your online presence. A domain name is the address where people from around the country or around the world can access your website. A domain name could be any combination of letters, and/or numbers. This letter number combination will then have .com, .com.au, .net, net.au attached to the end. Every domain name must be unique, The .com, .com.au, .net, net.au, .org, .info and so on allow for many similar names to be used but will allow users to find a particular business with a unique address.
Domains with .com are known as the top-level domain. The best thing about domain names is that you can have the same name, as a company across the country, but with another top-level domain extension so readers can find your business or web site.


The most used top level domains include:
.com - the most familiar of all websites around the world
.biz - for businesses and commercial sites
.info - for information like news
.org - for non profit websites and organisations
.net - for online businesses such as hosting companies


Additionally most every country is provided their own top domain name, such as AU for Australia. Currently there is no enforcement of the generally accepted uses of the top domain names. If you have a name that is already used on a .com you could purchase a .com.au or a .net.au domain name and have your web site online under the name you want.

What is Web Hosting?

Once you have your domain name and have your website designed, you need to put your website online. This is where hosting comes into play. Hosting is the space you will pay for to have your website on the Internet. This allows users to access your website.

You want a hosting provider that is always ‘up’. This means if someone tries to access your website they will always find it, not a message saying it is unavailable. Hosting is completed using servers. Ideally the hosting servers should be fast, continually working, and should be backed up to allow the constant ability to provide pages on demand.


When choosing a hosting provider ask questions, make a list of your questions and needs for your website. Every website has particular needs, such as large amounts of space for photos, large amounts of bandwidth for a particular program, or the capabilities of holding a huge database. These are the types of questions you need to ask yourself and the hosting provider to determine if they are right for you and your website.
 

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