Web Hosting Terms Explained – Are you a newbie to web hosting? Do you know how bandwidth, space, domains and databases work? In order for someone to use these features, they should first understand what it is and what it is used for. The following are some of the most common terms you will come across when you are starting off with a new web hosting account.
Domains: A domain name is the address for your website. Without a domain name, you or anyone else will not be able to access the website. A domain name will begin with the www for World Wide Web followed by your desired name, and ends off with an extension. There are many new extensions available to choose from, but the most common one is com. Quite simply, you could picture it this way. Imagine that your website is a home, and it needs an address. You purchase a domain name, which will be the address for the home. You can purchase a domain name from domain registrars or through web hosting companies.
Space: Space which is sometimes referred to as disk space is the amount of data that you can host on your account. At the time of your sign up, you will be prompted to choose a hosting plan. Each hosting plan offers a different amount of space, and you will have to pick out the one that suits you best. If your data cap is 5GB, you can only host up to 5GB of data on your account. Recently, many hosting companies have begun offering unlimited hosting, which basically means you have no limit on the amount of data you can upload.
Bandwidth: Bandwidth is everywhere you look, on your home internet connection, on your cell-phone data usage, and with web hosting. Bandwidth is essentially the amount of information you can transfer to and from your account. The files you upload to your account will count towards your bandwidth usage as well. High traffic websites consume large amounts of bandwidth, so make sure to know how much you require. If you are planning on hosting a simple website with just a few pages, bandwidth shouldn’t be a major concern.
Database: A database is a format of file conservation, which holds data in an organized form. Databases are essentially tables, with information put in cells. Many websites that use user-logins or user-accounts will have a database. When someone signs up for a website, their personal information will be stored on a database. Similarly, websites that need to pull up information will use databases to store the information. You may need a database supporting host, if you plan on creating a website of such nature.