WEBSITE HOSTING

WEBSITE HOSTING SERVICE
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WEBSITE HOSTING

Website Hosting is the service that provides for the use of computer hardware (the “Web Server“), a server OS (Linux Operating System), Bandwidth (time connected to the Worldwide Web), and Locality (Multiple servers around the world).

We use higher amounts of high-speed memory (DRAM) for our web servers. The more high-speed memory a web server has the higher potential performance (quicker time to open your web pages).

Our web servers use FLASH STORAGE rather than spinning hard drives for storing your content. Flash memory is hundreds of times faster than older, slower spinning hard drives. The flash memory in newer computers is the main reason the computer boots (starts up) faster. We require our hosting companies to use Flash storage to help give your website top performance.

We run your website on the Best Hosting Providers in the world!

FAQ

FAQ

“Website Hosting” is the act of storing and delivering your website information to your website visitors browsers around the world.

When you open the web browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge) and type in a web address (referred to as the “Domain Name” or “URL”), computers know as “Servers” read that web address and open up the content stored on another computer (called a “Web Server”) and displays it in your browser.

The companies that own these “Web Servers” are known as “Hosting” companies. This service is known as “Hosting.”

Every website needs a Web Server to “Host” (store and deliver) their website content to their visitors.

Therefore, every website needs the services of a Website hosting company.

At IdeaToGrowth, we use a Website Hosting company to “Host” the websites of our Clients. We will only build, maintain, secure and support our client’s websites through the Hosting company we use.

Why Do We Pick the Website Hosting Company?

We spend a lot of effort choosing the Hosting company to run our client’s websites. When something needs to be fixed, we need to know that we can get remote access to the webserver quickly and reliably keep our client’s websites operating at optimum levels. If we allowed our clients to tell us which hosting company to use, and something went wrong with their website due to an issue at their hosting company, who are they going to blame? Us or the hosting company.

Yep us – and we don’t ever want that to happen. We want to keep our clients happy!

All of these items fall under “Website Hosting.”

Sign up for one of our  Web Care Plans, and let us keep your website Making Your Money, Safe and Secure.

A “Domain Name (or just ‘domain’) is the name of a website. It’s what comes after “@” in an email address or after “www.” in a web address. If someone asks how to find you online, what you tell them is usually your domain name.

Often your hosting provider will give your domain name for free – for the first year. Then, many charge you $$ every year after. That’s right! You have to pay to “own” your domain name every year, no matter who you buy it from.

We use Domains.Google.com to buy all of the domains for our clients. Domain names ending in “.com” are usually $12/year as long as they are available. If someone is already using the domain name you want, you will either have to buy it from them or choose another. We generally recommend the latter. Domain names can sell for tens of millions of dollars. 

No.

For example, if you are a non-profit organization, a club, a church, or another non-commercial entity, you may want to register as a .org domain name.

There has been a trend among tech-focused startups to use the .io extension.

For non-US entities, each country has its country-code TLD, such a .uk and .ru

There also, of course, the new “exotic” domain names, such as .tech and .club. There are many of these, and these exotic names might fit your brand very well.

Yes.

Even with all the additional options, .com seems to remain the gold standard for domain names.

The .com TLD carries a high degree of trust with consumers and communicates a sense of legitimacy that is hard to achieve with other domain name extensions.

Because of this .com domains continue to have the highest sale price in the domain aftermarket.

We recommend Domains.Google.com.

Don’t be fooled by these cheap domains buying sites that will sell you your domain for $1.00. The second year, the price will go up to $18, $24, $35, or more. Why? Because at $1.00, they are losing money. They count on the fact that once a buyer “owns” their domain name, they will pretty much pay whatever they must to keep it.

These $ 1.00 business counts that most people who buy domain names do not know that they can “transfer” that domain name after 60 days to another domain name authority, like Domains.Google.com. They’ll only pay Google $12/year to continue to “own” the usage rights to any .com domain – and compare prices for any domain TLD. 

Managing your domain settings on Domains.Google.com is super easy too. That’s why we use them. 

Yes, unless you host on a WordPress CMS.

If you are, they will give you a sub-domain like mysubdomain.WordPress.com. 

The problem with this is that the only people who will find your website are those you send directly to it. It will be tough to get any organic page ranking by Google to help your “discovery.” 

To improve your “discovery,” I recommend including the well-known name of your service along with something unique.

For example, if you did “Appliance Repair” and you lived in the area of Tampa Bay, I would pick the domain name “ApplianceRepairTampaBay.com.” 

The domain name makes it very clear what you do. It is believed that your domain name choice is one of the highest-ranking metrics in Google’s algorithm.

The domain name registrar is the company that manages the registration of domain names.

When you buy a new domain name, you are buying it “from” a domain name registrar (that is — you are paying the registration fee to a registrar).

The domain name system isn’t owned by anyone entity. It is, however, managed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit organization.

Virtual hosting is also called shared hosting. It involves operating your site on a server that hosts multiple sites. In other words, your site is sharing the processing power, bandwidth, and memory along with other sites on that particular server.

This form of Web hosting is sufficient for the vast majority of websites.

It’s also a reliable and inexpensive solution for sites that do not need a dedicated server’s power.

Disk space refers to the storage required to hold your website. Every single letter on your website has to be stored somewhere on your Web host’s server.

Each letter is represented by one byte, and a megabyte is roughly 1 million bytes. HTML pages are usually minimal, but images, scripts, and databases can take up large amounts of disk space.

Bandwidth/transfer is the server’s amount of data to allow your site to transmit in a month. A transfer is usually measured in gigabytes or billions of bytes. Once you go over your monthly limit, your host may either shut your site down for the remainder of the month or charge you an overage fee. This charge is usually in the range of $2 to $5 per extra gigabyte.

There are several ways to measure your website’s popularity. You’ll hear a lot about these terms:

1. Hits: The number of elements retrieved from your site. 

2. Impressions: The number of times all the pages on your site are viewed by a vistor (also called page views). Impressions are sometimes referred to as “hits,” which can confuse you.

3. Unique Visitors: The number of people who have visited your site.

In other words, if I visit your website, look at two pages, then your stats increase by one unique visitor, two page views, and two hits.

Tracking can be done either on the server-side or remotely. With server-side statistics, log files generate visitor information. Server-side statistics are usually more accurate than remotely hosted solutions. You typically have to add some JavaScript to your site. This JavaScript is then used to track visitor data.

No.

As long as the domain name is registered in your name, we can update your domain name servers to point to our hosting service.

Uptime is the amount of time your site is online throughout the entire month.

100% uptime is ideal. But things can break, and many hosts – offer 99.9% to 100% uptime guarantees.

A 100% update guarantee means that if your site is not accessible for more than 43 minutes in a month (100% – 99.9% = 0.1%), the hosting provider will reimburse us according to the service and service terms Level Agreement (SLA).

Sometimes you’ll find Web hosting deals that seem too good to be true.

Chances are, they are. We have all heard the phrase “you get what you pay for.”

There are discount hosting services that offer low prices and good service.

But keep these things in mind:

  • Some hosts try to limit their customers’ activity through their Terms of Service (TOS) or Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).
  • Some hosts skimp on overall performance and bandwidth to keep rates low.
  • Low prices often mean little support. Do not expect to receive an answer to your questions right away if you are paying less than $10 a month (30 cents a day) for Web hosting. 

Before you sign up with a Web host, do some research. Google the company, and visit WebHostingTalk.com to see other customers’ reviews.

Yes!

We handle all the “stuff” with moving your existing website over to our website hosting service. 

We need you to provide the name of your current provider, the account email, and the account password. 

Suppose you have none of these, no worries! Contact us.

SSL is an abbreviation for Secure Sockets Layer, a protocol used to communicate information securely online.

The SSL protocol provides a safe path between two Internet-connected machines or two machines on the same internal network.

SSL is a convenient tool used by web browsers who need to connect securely to a web server, given the wild insecurity inherent on the Internet. SSL usually operates and sets up a secure session with little or no interaction from the person visiting the website.

You may notice the browser displaying a padlock or the address showing a padlock and a green bar – those are the hallmarks of SSL doing its magic.

Every website we manage gets an SSL Certificate to include in their monthly Hosting, Maintenance, Security, and Support fee.

Yes!

When you purchase an account with us, one of the services you receive is a certain number of dedicated email accounts for any domain hosted on your account.

Managing your email accounts from the control panel of the web host, and you can set up email accounts, change their passwords, and set up email forwarders, all from that control panel.

You can also set up a dedicated email account to send from a web-based email service like Gmail or an offline service like Outlook.

It’s Easy!

Go to the navigation bar at the top, and under “Website Services,” select “Website Care Plan & Pricing.”

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