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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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