Web Hosting FAQ

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What is cPanel?

cPanel (control panel) – is a Linux-based web hosting platform that lets you manage many different aspects of your account, including various applications, files and emails. You can manage all your domain names and websites easily thanks to cPanel.

What is web hosting?

Web hosting is an internet-based service that allows website owners to make their pages visible across the World Wide Web. The companies providing web hosting services actually sell their customers space on web servers they own or lease. You can build the best website ever, but without a hosting provider there is no way anyone will be able to access it. When an internet user types the website’s address (such as www.mysite.com or www.mysite.com/page-name/) or clicks on a link leading to it, the Internet connects to the web server where the site’s files are located, in order to load the site and display it in your browser.

Why do I need hosting?

When building a website, you need hosting in order to make its content available online. This is the place where you store your website’s files so that they can be loaded and displayed one each user’s browser when they access your pages. You can always have a personal home server, but this requires a considerable investment, especially if you have a high traffic website that needs a powerful and high performing server. The best solution is to purchase shared or dedicated server hosting from a specialized and trustworthy company.

How do I choose a hosting provider?

The best thing to do when choosing a web hosting company is to study the offers, read the reviews and pick the one that offers the best value for your money. Depending on the type of website you are managing, you have the option between shared and dedicated server web hosting. Shared hosting packages offer storage space on a server that is also used by other websites. This means that you will share the server’s resources with them. With a dedicated server type of hosting, you have the entire server for yourself. However, this is important solely when you have to store large files or your website attracts a lot of traffic.

How much does web hosting cost?

Web hosting prices vary based on several factors: the amount of storage space, the bandwidth included, and the features the provider offers. You can get shared hosting services at prices starting as low as $2.25/month, and there are also free hosting plans. However, you should know that the latter come with a lot of drawbacks such as not being able to use your own domain name, a file size limit, or having the provider’s ads displayed on your website. When picking a web hosting server, you should also look at the features the provider offer as well as at the extras.

How much disk space do I need?

This actually depends on the type of website you are running. If you are going to upload a lot of pictures and videos, then you might want to look for a web hosting service that offers a large amount of storage space. There are many web hosting companies offering unlimited disk space and unlimited bandwidth. You should know, however, that “unlimited” actually depends upon what they consider fair use of the storage capacity. So don’t start backing up your entire life’s collection of pictures, videos and movies on their server. If you do end up using too much storage, you will normally get a notification asking you to upgrade your plan.


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