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5 of the most common questions about web hosting answered!
Posted by Paul Nesbitt on 28 April 2016 08:31 AM

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5 of the most common questions about web hosting answered!

Web hosting is a subject that has confused many an ambitious online business owner. So, to provide important information, clear up some misconceptions and just give you a bit more direction when you are looking for a web hosting package, we decided to put together answers to five of the most frequently asked questions about this key aspect of running a business on the web.  

What is web hosting?

If you want your organisation's website to be accessible to anyone who enters the right web address in their browser and clicks 'Go', you will need to have it hosted somewhere online. The term 'web hosting' therefore refers to the storage of your website files in such a way as to make them accessible to ordinary web users. Files are uploaded onto a very fast computer known as a server, which quickly makes them available to those visiting even from the other side of the world.

Can I use my own computer for web hosting?

Technically speaking, yes you can, as any network-connected computer can operate as a web server. However, there are various reasons why this isn't a practical option for the average online business owner, including the need to have their computer online 24/7, take care of their own server security and invest in web server software. Ultimately, it makes much more practical and financial sense to purchase a professional web hosting plan from a respected provider like PAC WebHosting.

How do I choose the right web hosting provider for me?

Of course, there's no single right answer to this question - such factors relating to your own company as its business model and monthly traffic and visitors will play a big role, with these needing to be considered in the context of the storage, bandwidth and other aspects of any given web hosting package. For each web hosting plan or provider that you consider, think about the likes of the pricing and payment structure, customer support (24/7 or merely within office hours?) and other relevant technologies that may be supported, such as PHP, MySQL and Apache.

What is the difference between web hosting and a domain name?

As you may have worked out given that we advertise web hosting and domain names as separate services, there is definitely a difference between the two. The latter concerns storage to and access to your actual website, whereas a domain name is your organisation's online identity, the digital equivalent of its postal address. It is the place where customers and clients alike can quickly and easily find you - www.pacwebhosting.co.uk in our case. To truly own your website, you will need to purchase a domain name, and you can already have a domain name before launching a website.

Can I get a free domain name when purchasing web hosting?

Yes, you can - we offer that particular service ourselves here at PAC WebHosting! At the time of typing, you benefit from a free domain name when paying annually for any of our plans, and with such perks as instant 24/7 setup and hosting for multiple websites, email addresses and FTP accounts also all available, one could barely choose a more comprehensive web hosting plan.

So, why wait any longer to enquire about web hosting from the seasoned experts at PAC WebHosting?


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