Domains and Hosting
On the Internet, your domain name is your unique identity. Any individual, business or organisation planning to have an Internet presence should invest in a domain name. Having your own domain name, website and email addresses will give you and your business a more professional look. Another reason for a business to register a domain name is to protect copyrights and trademarks, build credibility, increase brand awareness, and improve search engine positioning.
What Should I Use as a Domain Name?
You can use a word or phrase as a domain name. If the domain is for a company, you might want to put your company name in the domain, this makes it easier for your customers to find you on the Internet.
Although a longer domain name is harder to remember, it can contain more keywords, which is important as some of the search engines use keywords in a domain name as part of the search algorithm. But be careful of domain names that are too long, it makes it difficult to remember and prone to user input mistakes.
If your preferred domain name is not available, try adding a prefix, such as "my" or "the".
And finally, make sure your domain name can be verbally communicated. You do not want to constantly repeat or spell it out.
Build your unique identity and let clients find you easier.
What is Web Hosting?
Web hosting is a service that allows organisations and individuals to post a website or web page on the Internet. A web host or web hosting service provider is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed in the Internet. Websites are hosted, or stored, on special computers called servers.
When Internet users want to view your website, all they need to do is type your website address into their browser. Their computer will then connect to your server and your webpages will be delivered to them through the browser.
Shared or Dedicated?
Before you make a decision, you need to understand what your hosting needs are, as these hosting services differ in terms of performance and price.
In a shared hosting environment, several websites are put onto a single server. This way, the web host can reduce its cost, and services will be cheaper. Limitations include limits on storage and bandwidth, and the performance of your website is largely affected by the needs of the other websites, as you will be sharing the same server resources. This hosting service is ideal for websites that do not require a lot of bandwidth, disk storage or CPU consumption.
In a dedicated hosting environment, your website is the only one hosted on the server. Because you are not sharing server resources with other websites, your limit is that of the server. This hosting service is for people who plan to run a very popular website, requires a lot of disk space or run scripts that requires more than average CPU consumption.
Ready to register a domain name or host a website for your business?