2 Things to know before hosting a website (Beginner tips)

Web hosting is a vast industry wherein similar services are offered by various individuals all over the globe. The quality of these services varies greatly depending on the business strategy put in place by the various individuals that offer these services. This write up is tailored for beginners who want to learn how to host websites and become professional at it in the shortest possible time.

After you build a website using one of several methods, the website pages have to be transferred from your local computer which is not connected to the internet unto a computer that is connected to the internet and has been specially configure to act as a server of the website pages. This process of transferring your files from a local offline computer to an online server is called uploading. Before uploading the website files, we need two fundamental pieces of information; the subject of this post.

1. A domain name

2. A hosting account

The domain name is going to serve as the online address/location of the website files you will upload typically through an FTP client while the hosting account is going to serve as the online space that will house the website files uploaded.

You may agree with me that the process of web hosting is as simple as just owning a domain name and a hosting account whereby you upload your website files into the space provided by the hosting account and tell the whole internet community that they can view those files by querying a web browser for your domain name.

It may happen that you register a domain with company X and purchase hosting package from company Y. However, the most important points to note are these:

When registering a domain name, you are most likely to be asked for at least two name servers. These Name Servers as the name imply are the names of the servers to which your domain name being registered will point.

If you happen to register the domain name before purchasing a hosting account (which means that you are not going to have nameservers beforehand), you will end up with somewhat default name servers from your registrar that are just going to make you know that your domain name is available and active.

Latter, when you must have signed up for a hosting account, you will have name servers mailed to you by your web host. Immediately you receive this mail, login to your domain name account and update the name servers so they point to your new hosting account. The login has to be immediate upon receiving the mail because the changes take 48 to 72 hours to propagate and you wouldn't want to waste time which in business is considered as money.

3 things to know and do before initiating a domain name transfer

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