Website Hosting is the space you rent online, to house your website. Domain Name Registration is the annual (.com) or bi-ennial (.com.au) registration of your Domain Name (the name of your website). Registering a domain name does not mean you automatically have hosting space. Sometimes packages are available that cover both in the one price, but they are two different items.
Hosting in Australia should generally cost you from $5.95 - $19.95 per month. You do get what you pay for. My personal experience has shown many larger hosting companies such as goDaddy, NetRegistry and CrazyDomains do not have the best customer service. Also you may find hosting is offered at $5.95, but to actually activate the site or add things which should be included, you have to pay more.
Hosting is generally paid for on a year by year basis. Make sure you have access to your hosting account. Keep your password and login safe!
There are generally three main hosting options.
- Shared Hosting is the most popular. Under this agreement your website shares a server with many others. This includes sharing the physical server and the software applications within the server. Shared hosting services are affordable because the cost to operate the server is shared between you and the other website owners. The hosting contract is in your name, and you are responsible for communicating with the Hosting Provider, should there be any need
- Dedicated Hosting is more expensive. This means you have the entire web server space to yourself. This allows for faster performance, as you have all the server’s resources, without sharing with other website owners. However, this also means you will be responsible for the total cost of server operation. This is a good choice for websites requiring a lot of system resources, or needing a higher level of security. The hosting contract is in your name, and you are responsible for communicating with the Hosting Provider, should there be any need
- Reseller Hosting through your IT contact. In my case, I own server space and all my client’s websites are on this server. I have direct access to all websites and the server for configuration and immediate response should a website need more space or additional support. I am the go-between for my website owners and their Server Providers and due to my Server Provider’s high level of Customer Service, I can attend to any issue within the hour
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