There are many questions about web design, web hosting, and search engines and SEO, and social media.
The information in books and online can be overwhelming at times, so we have tried to answer some of them here.
What Is a domain name?
The Domain Name System (DNS) helps users to find their way around the Internet.
Every web server on the internet has a unique address, like a telephone number, and is a long string of numbers. This is called an “IP address” (IP stands for “Internet Protocol”).
The DNS makes it easier by allowing a familiar string of letters (the “domain name”) to be used instead of the IP address.
So instead of typing 220.127.116.11, you can type www.yourwebsitename.co.uk and view your website.
How do I register and buy a domain name?
You can register and buy a domain name from a number of domain name registrars. One recommended registrar is UKreg.com.
For your convenience, we oversee the domain name registration and puts the registration in your name and set it to work with your website, and carry out the renewals when required. If you choose us to register a domain name on your behalf, a 5% administration fee is charged.
Who owns my domain name?
When you register and buy the domain name you want, you own it for a certain period of time by paying renewal fees every year or every two years.
For admin purposes it is easier for us to retain control of the domain whilst providing you with web hosting and email services. However, should you ever wish to move away then transferring your domain to your chosen provider is no trouble and free of charge.
What is web hosting?
Once a website has been built, the next stage is to put it ‘live’ on the web. In order to do this, the website must be published onto a computer called a web server. This is where all the files and images for your website are stored and accessed by visitors.
The web server is a computer that is constantly switched on and connected to the Internet, all day and every day. This computer stores everything to do with your website and can be found by typing in a domain name.
When somebody wants to visit your web site and see a page on this site, their computer uses various internet systems to find the web server and the web server pulls the page out of its memory and sends it to their computer.
You can set up your own computer as web server, configure it and leave it permanently on and connected to the internet so that people requesting to visit your website can access it day and night. This can be costly and require a lot of work to keep it running.
Alternatively, it is much easier to get another company to “host” the website for you.
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In addition to keeping your website live, the web server also provides any email services that are associated with your domain name. Each time you send or receive an email, it passes through the web server where it is sent to the appropriate email address.
What does my monthly hosting fee cover?
Your monthly hosting fee covers the month by month cost of the administration of your web hosting, updated and minor teaks to your website and maintaining all your email accounts.
What is the minimum term for monthly web hosting?
The minimum term for all web hosting packages is 6 months. Most client opt for a full 12 months infact.
Can I cancel my web hosting?
Yes you can. After the minimum term of 6 months is served. We will require 2 months notice. We will help you move your website to its new location by providing access to all the files and bits you need if you dont have FTP access yourself.
What is search engine optimisation?
Search Engine Optimisation is the process of improving the visibility of a website or a web page in search engines such as Goggle, Yahoo, and Bing in the regular listing from a search. In general, the earlier (or higher ranked on the search results page), and more frequently a site appears in the search results list, the more visitors it will receive from the search engine's users.
Here are just some of the basics:
- Unique Page Title For Each Page
- Unique Meta Tags for Each Page (Meta Keywords, Meta Descriptions)
- Your keywords in the content of the page
What is an SSL Certificate and does my website require one?
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) provide a secure internet connection between you and the website you visit. To make a secure connection the website you visit must have a valid and up to date SSL certificate. They proves ownership of the domain name of the website, display a green padlock icon and https:// prefix in the browser address bar which shows the website you see is secure and protected by a trusted SSL certificate. Most importantly, SSL Certificates show that the is legitimate and has been validated.
Yes, your website should have an SSL Certificate, particularly if you website sells and takes payments online. SSL certificates necessary for website security and for costumers trust and safety online.