I Have My Website Idea, What Now

I Have My Website Idea, What Now

So you have your idea for a website, and are just sitting there thinking, how do I get it into the internet? Look no further than here and learn the steps of finding a website hosting package.
The first thing you will need to consider is your audience, where will they be located? If your website is hosted in China, and your visitors are in Australia, then there will be a delay in loading the information, in comparison to a website that is hosted in Australia due to “ping” or “latency” (This is the time it takes for a reply from a server, Simply put, you send a message saying hello, I want to get the information for this site, the remote computer saying, I have that here you go)
Next you want to look at your budget, how much are you prepared to spend on keeping your site on-line? I generally put hosting into 3 different categories, Budget, Mid Range, and Mission Critical.
Budget hosting, normally comes with the saying, “you get what you pay for”, meaning that a lot ot the budget providers, while being cheap, can have issues with support, or downtimes. Although this isn’t always the case, most of the time these are all you need for entry level sites.
Mid-range are somewhat more reliable, and can also be backed up by a better support option. This is the common choice when you need it to work, but if it goes down a few times per year (not always going to happen, but allow for the worst) and are probably going to get a lot of hits.
Mission critical, is what you would use when you need the site to work al the time, no matter what happens. For a simple website this is probably overkill.
You also need to look at how busy your site will be, this comes under the bandwidth section of your host. For Smaller sites, or entry level, I would look at entry level providers, that meet your budget, and look at their service availability.
Once you have selected, purchase your hosting, and a domain name with the plan, and they will send you your details to login once its all setup. From there you should be able to use a package that suits your needs such as WordPress, or Joomla, or one of the Sitebuilder plugins that your host provides. Hope that helps you to make your hosting decisions easier.

How to Host a Website – Is Free Web Hosting the Best Option

How to Host a Website – Is Free Web Hosting the Best Option

Whether you are starting out in business, or perhaps want to show the world your hobby or family pictures, it is very easy to find a company to host your website. Many Internet service providers provide your own space on the web, but you are tied to staying with your service provider – change providers and loose the website. A popular choice is to find a web hosting company who will keep your site independent of Internet providers.
There is a massive choice of web hosting companies available in every country. While many offer the same services prices can vary quite considerably. We all like to save some money, but the cheapest is not always the best. Check the site’s availability to see if they have many technical problems and look online for reviews from customers. A site with good availability and great reviews will be worth paying a little extra if it saves having many problems with your site. Also check out what kind of support they offer as some only give email support, but others offer help via the telephone to help anyone through technical problems.
The first choice you will need to make is a domain name. This could be anything, but it is important to have a relevant name as this will help the site get more hits. Most web hosting companies have a section to see whether the domain name is available and for how much a year. There are many domain prefixes which is the part after the dot, for example.com,.net etc. While the domain prefix is not really important to personal sites, it will make a business site look far more professional by choosing the right one. Choose the most relevant one to your site and pay by credit card via the web host. Sites can be set up very quickly but normally take a few days to appear on all the search engines.
After purchasing the domain name, you will be given various options as to how long you want your web host to hold your website. This is normally for a year or two and provides the access to your website 24/7 from anywhere on the Internet. Other options that are normally available include email hosting, useful for when you want to run the site as a business. For example if the domain name is webhost.com, you will be able to receive email to @webhost.com and this is either forwarded to your normal email box or collected from your web host.
Once you have paid for the hosting fee you are almost ready to start creating the website. There are many different software packages available on the market with some free and others which can be expensive. This mainly depends on the complexity of the package and whether you will be making a living out of designing sites.
The last thing to think about with a web host is commercial support. Some web hosts packages are geared more to a web site that you will be using as a business with full checkout facilities included. If it is a personal site but perhaps with a few adverts to earn money from Google AdSense, then virtually any package will be fine.
With a few simple steps and checking out reviews, it is very easy to find a company that will host a website and that you will hopefully have a long term business relationship with.

Free Domain Name

Free Domain Name

This is an excellent way for them to bring in new customers. Since many people are looking to save as much money as possible. Some of these sites will offer to register a free domain name for you for a year and others will make it free for life.

Make sure to read the terms and conditions when you register a free domain name through a web hosting provider. Often, their guarantee will only stand for as long as you are subscribed to one of their hosting plans. Sometimes this also means that they retain ownership of the domain name. So if you decide to switch hosting companies, you may not be able to take your free domain name with you – even if you are willing to pay for it after leaving the original hosting company.

Regardless of the terms

Regardless of the terms that may apply, if you can find a good hosting company that offers you a domain name with their plans. They can save you a bit of money. If their terms will not allow you to keep the domain name after switching hosts. You will want to make sure that the host has everything you will need both now and in the future.

Your site will, hopefully, grow over time – and then you may need features not offered by the host you are looking at. There are a few other ways to obtain a free domain name:

Some websites will let you register a free domain name in return for completing a few offers. These offers may include completing surveys, becoming a member of various sites or signing up for certain services. Some simply want you to view a bunch of ads. This method of obtaining a domain name can be time consuming, though.

Each action you do on these sites will give you points, and sometimes you need hundreds of points. Before you are able to get the free domain name you are after. Other websites will give you a free domain name in return for a simple link back to their selling page.

This link needs to be clearly visible on your home page, and the domain name.  You receive may not have the most popular extension (.com, .ca or .net), but it is a good way to get started if you cannot afford to pay for a domain name right away.

If you can afford to pay a little extra in the future. These sites will often let you pay a small fee (considerably less than it would cost you for a .com or other popular extension). To take their link off of your website.
Registering a domain is a great way to save a bit of money when you are starting a new website.

If your hosting service includes a free domain name. Even if it is only for a year, then it’s one less thing you need to worry about right away. If you choose to earn a free domain by completing offers or by posting a link on your website. You can easily upgrade to a better domain name with a more popular extension once your site has earned you a little extra money.

Domain Transfer Made Easy

Domain Transfer Made Easy

There are many reasons a domain owner would want to transfer their domain name to another registrar. The new registrar may be much cheaper, provide an easier system and customer experience, or offer for a limited time only a discount on transfers with a coupon code.The owner of the domain has to check four major points with the old registrar in order to transfer a domain name from a registrar to another:

  1. The domain name should be unlocked to allow approved transfer.
  2. The domain name should not be protected by any privacy system like WHOIS Guard. If it is, it will have to be disabled.
  3. The registrant and administrator email addresses should be valid and working.
  4. The domain’s EPP key, which will be needed later, has to be identified.
    The new registrar provides a domain field where the domain “mydomain.com” has to be entered.
  5. The system can tell if the domain is transferable or not. Domains close to expire or new domains that are still in their first 60 days of registration can’t be transferred. It is possible to transfer in bulk with most registrars when listing on a new line each domain at submission.
    After payment is made the domain transfer is ready to start, the whole process taking some 48 hours to complete.
  6. This time is necessary for the two registrars to communicate and make sure that the transfer is legitimate and authorized by the domain’s owner.
    An email is first sent by the new registrar to the admin email address informing of the transfer order. This link points to a webpage with a choice box having the option to approve or deny the transfer. The EPP key, which is available in the old registrar, may also be asked at that point. Some registrars ask for this authorization key right in their platform instead of an online form.
    When the transfer has been accepted by the administrator of the domain, the new registrar proceeds with different WHOIS checks and notifies the old registrar of the transfer request. At that moment the old registrar sends an email message to the administrator with a link that directs to the same kind of approval page we already know.
    After transfer is accepted by the administrator with the old registrar, the process continues and is soon to be completed. The new registrar sends an email when the transfer is finally completed at best two days later. In the case of any issues arising along the way, notifications are sent.
    After the last notification is received, it is necessary to check if the new registrar has accurate WHOIS infos and if the DNS servers listed are correct and point to the website’s web server. If the domain was parked, the new registrar should have a parking option with their own DNS entries and the possibility to forward the domain to another address.
    When the different steps and duration of the process are known, it is not so difficult to transfer a domain name. More information can be read at most domain registration services.