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Web Site Hosting - Basic Questions & Answers

Below are some frequently asked questions about Verrex Communications Inc. Hosting.

What is web hosting?
What is a web host?
What is shared (also known as "virtual") web hosting?
All of the web hosting plans I see offer a certain amount of disk space. What is disk space?
All of the web hosting plans I see offer a certain amount of data transfer. What is data transfer?
How do I know how much bandwidth I need?
How do I upload my site?

What is web hosting?

For a website to be seen on the internet, it needs a web server to reside on. When people visit a website they are actually accessing files on this web server. Web hosting can be thought of as renting space on a web server.

What is a web host?

A web host is someone that provides hosting services to people like you. When you register a domain (yourcompany.com), you need a company and a server to “host” it. We provide you with that service and more. Simply sign up, telling us your domain name, and we are your web host. After a few standard processes, your website will be online for anyone to see.

What is shared (also known as "virtual") web hosting?

Shared (or "virtual") hosting means that your website resides on a server that is simultaneously hosting other sites. Your site will be allocated a set amount of disk space and data transfer and, in most instances, you will be able to use your own domain name (eg. www.yourname.com). Note that although the server is being shared by other sites, your site's files are protected and secure, unable to be accessed by the server's other users.

All of the web hosting plans I see offer a certain amount of disk space. What is disk space?

Disk space is how many megabytes and/or gigabytes you are allowed to store on your server. Just like on your Personal Computer at home, you are allowed to fill up your hard drive with a certain amount of files. Web hosting works the same way, in that you store the files which your viewers will be accessing from your website onto your server space. In many cases, clients do not need a high amount of disk space, because running a website and owning a PC are two different things, in the sense that your viewers will not need to download as many files as you contain on an average PC.

All of the web hosting plans I see offer a certain amount of data transfer. What is data transfer?

Data transfer, sometimes called "bandwidth", refers to the amount of data that is used when visitors view your website. When visitors browse your website, they are technically requesting and retrieving files from the server. If you have a web page that consists of an HTML file and an image file that are 10kb each, then the amount of data transfer that is used when a single visitor views that web page is 20kb.

Only very large or high volume websites will ever exceed 1 GB of data transfer in a month. An average business website would support up to 10,000 different people looking at their website every month and still not exceed 1GB of data transfer!

How do I know how much bandwidth I need?

The amount of bandwidth your website needs will vary widely depending on how much disk space each web page requires, and on which pages are viewed by visitors most frequently. For example, assume your home page has limited graphics but a fair amount of HTML text, requiring about 20 KB of disk space. In that case, a monthly traffic allowance of 1 gigabyte of bandwidth would be enough to support 50,000 separate views of your home page (20 KB x 50,000 = 1,000,000 KB = 1,000 MG = 1 GB). Be liberal when projecting your monthly bandwidth usage.

How do I upload my site?

To upload your website files to the server, you simply download any FTP program, then connect to the server. In /public_html/ is where you will upload files to be accessed in a web browser pointed to www.yourdomain.com. For example, /public_html/testpage.html is equal to www.yourdomain.com/testpage.html.

Verrex Communications Inc. believes that the quality of our work best determines our success. If you have any questions regarding a certain hosting plan, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are standing by to help answer your questions.

 

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