Securing a suitable domain name and finding a reliable hosting provider are the first crucial steps you will need to take when starting your journey to online success.
When the Internet was born, search engines weren’t anything to write home about. Searchers usually took a lucky guess of what a URL would be and typed it out, suffixed with a .com in the address bar. If it worked, Hallelujah! Even today with Google, Yahoo and Bing carrying out the search for you, having a suitable domain still plays an important role when it comes to being found online.
Domain Names and Hosting
Think of a domain name i.e. yourcompany.co.uk as an identifier of you, the author of a website, business or otherwise. A domain name gives a website a unique address which helps guide a searcher to the right destination.
A relevant domain name and a reliable hosting provider are vital when trying to grow a business online. After a website has been designed, the web files are stored within a server. Hosting provider’s effectively rent you a space on their physical servers where you can store your web files.
HostGator and Hoghost are two of the most popular companies that come to mind when talking about web hosting. Hostgator offers unlimited storage, along with unlimited bandwidth in addition to a static IP. Hoghost is a rapidly growing UK hosting provider offering customers a cost effective and economic hosting service with lightning fast professional support. If you are targeting the UK market, it is recommended to choose a UK hosting provider such as Hoghost, Hostgator is US based. No matter which hosting company you choose, a good hosting provider is key and will make the administrative side of running a website a whole lot easier.
What is a Domain Extension?
Most people are familiar with the generic top level domains, commonly known as gTLDs. The popular extensions of this type are .com .co.uk .net .org .biz and so on. gTLDs are open for registering throughout the world and can be done regardless of a person’s residence, age or nationality.
To break them down further, all domains have been created and are used for a particular purpose, for instance .com is used for commercial websites, .net for network companies, .biz for business websites, and .org for non-profits. While there are many others, these are the syntaxes that are the most recognizable.
Every country and even every island has its own domain extension for instance .AU .CA .UK and so on, these are called Country code domains or ccTLDs. If you are UK based, we recommend a .co.uk domain extension, if you offer services worldwide, opt for a .com extension.
If you are looking for a reliable hosting provider or you would like to us to register a domain for you on your behalf get in touch with Smart Design Consultants for a reliable service with all the bells and whistles that come with great hosting and domain registration.