In order to develop a website, one of the first things that needs to be done is registering a domain and then hosting it. A domain is the URL address of a website and if the website is meant for a business, it should be the name of that business.
Choosing a good domain is extremely important for branding since this is one of the first things that potential customers will see. Hosting on the other hand is what stores and serves the website’s pages and information to visitors. It is basically storage and choosing a good hosting company is extremely important to ensure that the website is up at least 99% of the time. This article will now go into some further details on understanding hosting and domains.
When it comes to choosing a hosting company, there are literally thousands of options. However, not all of these options are equal and in order to choose a suitable host, it is best to deeply think about the needs of the website.
For example, if the intended website will have thousands of visitors every month, host videos and other highly demanding tasks, then it is best to go with a host that can provide that amount of bandwidth and resources such as a dedicated host. If the intended website won’t have many visitors such as a resume type website and they don’t have many technical needs, then a shared host can be used.
One of the factors that may affect one’s decision on which host to go with is the price. There are many large hosting companies that offer unbelievably low prices on their hosting, but that doesn’t mean they’re the best choice.
A host that is very cheap may have problems such as low uptime, slow servers, inefficient customer service, higher chances of getting hacked etc. Therefore, don’t just choose a host based on the lowest price, but take all of the above factors into consideration first.
In order to look at the potential of a hosting company, it is best to research past customer reviews. This will take some time, however, be sure to look out for any complaints that repeat themselves as well the company’s response to those complaints. A hosting company that has mostly negative customer reviews should be avoided.
After a hosting company has been chosen, then a domain name will need to be decided upon. As mentioned previously, this is extremely important for good branding and easy business recognition. However, it is also important to choose a domain name that is relatively short and easy to type while avoiding the use of hyphens or numbers. The domain should be memorable and be relevant to the business.
In the event that the website is not for a specific physical business or service, then using a partial keyword in the domain may help with SEO and getting organic traffic faster.
To wrap things up, when it comes to understanding hosting and domains, the domain is basically an address and the hosting is where the webpages are stored. Once time and care is taken in choosing both the domain and host, it will greatly improve any website’s chances of success.