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In this guide, we will simplify the basics of website hosting to help you confidently step into the digital realm.
Internet Access and Website Hosting
Your gateway to the online world and website hosting services comes via an authorized Internet Service Provider (ISP). The ISP provides the connection from your device to the global web (WWW) through various methods that access data exchange points. It is crucial to opt for an ISP registered with a reputable the Internet Service Providers’ association.
Think of a website as your electronic business showcase that is a digital publication displaying your products and services. Your website is hosted on an ISP’s web hosting server and made accessible to people worldwide.
- Data – refers to the electronic format of information, including text, images, document files, audio, and videos.
- Data size – measured in Kilobytes (KB), Megabytes (MB), Gigabytes (GB), and Terabytes (TB). Email accounts’ data ‘size’ is often included with domain hosting ‘size’, so data transmission (traffic) includes website visits and email communication.
- Bandwidth – quantifies data flow to and from your hosting and email accounts, and can be affected by peak traffic hours, potentially impacting data download and upload speeds. Your bandwidth is replenished monthly.
- Disk Space – the server storage allocation for your website and email data. Think of it as the shelf space in the library (Data Centre) where your information is stored.
- Data Centre – is like a library housing server banks and is a very controlled and secure environment with 24/7 power, redundancy and protection measures to ensure absolute server safety and security.
- Domain – a website’s unique name, renewed annually. If it is allowed to expire, someone else may acquire it. Domains are issued by authorized bodies globally. For more info about choosing a domain, read this article.
After creating your website, it needs to be hosted, which means placing all its files into a secure “digital library” for public access. Your website files are uploaded to an ISP’s hosting server that has been specifically setup for secure internet access. When your site is visible to the global public, it is called “going live.”
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