means subscribing to an online service in order to get your website onto the internet and being able to manage your website easily from their control panel. Paying for web hosting is like renting a small amount of space on a big commercial computer that “serves up” your website to web surfers. Hence, the name “web server” (which is the hardware part of web hosting). Lucky for you, web hosting has never been cheaper and easier.
Domains and Hosting Together?
Many domain name companies will offer you hosting when you buy your domain through them. This may seem like easy web hosting – because you can ‘kill two birds with one stone,’ but the reality is that you will usually pay more than if you got these things separately. Not only that, but you’ll likely be getting fewer features with your hosting plan. Few people who are serious about web hosting get it from the same place they get their domains. There is one exception that I can think of, but you should generally avoid getting hosting and your domain name from the same source.
Where Should You Start?
Well, that all depends on what your website is going to need, based on your goals: How many visitors do you expect to have? Are you going to have lots of large graphics on the site? Do you have a lot of articles or products that you want to put in a database? Each host you look at will offer you different combinations of features at different price points, and finding the one that’s right for you can be very confusing. The only upside to being confronted with these choices is that most will display the different hosting plans in a side by side, easy-to-compare table.
– which means getting one that uses
ONLY! Cpanel has become THE standard for web host control panels. Anything else is no good, trust me (unless you’re going for a customized, high-end personal server).
So this is priority #1 when looking for easy web hosting – regardless of the price.
The more Megabytes (MB) or Gigabytes (GB) of storage you have, the more you can put on your website. For most websites, this number can be very small without it being much of a concern. You only really need to worry if you’re planning to put very large files of data on your site, like a gallery of digital photos or if you want people to download ebooks from you, for example. In these cases you’d want more than the average storage.
(as expressed in Gigabytes) is a limit on how much data your website can transfer each month. For small websites, you don’t need to worry too much. But as you get more visitors that download pictures, ebooks, software, or other files, the amount of bandwidth you need will increase sharply. And you will be charged a premium amount for any bandwidth over what your original contract allowed. So it’s good to get more bandwidth than less if the price isn’t much more.
What about MySQL Databases?
is a program that comes on most servers that allows you to run any program that requires a database to operate. An example would be if you wanted to have a bunch of high-resolution photographs being uploaded and downloaded on a regular basis through a program (many are available – most free – that will do this), or any data-intensive program like this. You will normally only need one MySQL database, so don’t pay more to get extra. It’s worth noting that your host may offer some other kind of SQL instead of MySQL (for example, PostgreSQL). You should usually avoid anything other than MySQL, because MySQL has become the industry standard; all programs work flawlessly with it.
What about things like PHP, Perl, ASP, JSP, or ColdFusion?
These are all scripting languages, used to write your website. No need to know how they work, but you should make sure your host offers whichever ones that any software you plan to use requires. If you don’t have specific requirements, then you should be fine with just Perl and PHP – these are the standard ones that come pre-installed on any server using cPanel. No need to fret over the technical details like these. Just get cPanel hosting to make your easy web hosting goals a reality!
How About Subdomains?
allow you to split your website into more sections than just “http://www(dot)yoursite(dot)com.” For example, if you wanted people to be able to go to ‘shop(dot)yourdomain(dot)com’ and ‘news(dot)yourdomain(dot)com.’ You don’t really need these, though, as doing the same thing with subfolders is usually just as effective. What are subfolders? Any extension after a forward slash– “/” following your main domain name. In the following URL, www(dot)yoursite(dot)com/subdomain-folder, “subdomain-folder” is a subdomain folder! (Of course, you can name it whatever you want.)
is what you’ll use to upload your website to your host. You’ll always get one of these built into your webhost’s control panel, so don’t be concerned about that. It’s just a native program designed to transfer your website files and graphics from your home computer to your web host’s web server. You’ll also eventually want to get your own ftp software to load on your computer to upload & download files, images, and whatever else to and from your website/webhost. But the one that comes with your hosting will work for now.
, which is just fancy-speak for “email.” The more POP3 accounts you get, the more email addresses you can have. For example, if you want to have several email addresses such as sales(at)yourdomain(dot)com and support(at)yourdomain(dot)com and yourname(at)yourdomain(dot)com, etc.
So your easy web hosting solution should include the standard cPanel interface. (A fancy way of saying “control panel” for uploading, downloading, and manipulating images, files, webpages, etc. on your web host’s server.)