There are 2 features you need in order to host a web portal. The first one is a domain name that will show your website when you type it in a browser, and the second one is a web hosting account, which is essentially the storage space on a web server where the web site files will be placed, plus several more services that are included in it. The domain and the web hosting plan are 2 similar, yet separate services, and you require them both in order to have a working website.
A domain is the alpha-numeric name that you will pick to be the address for the web page: my-best-domain.com, for instance. A domain can be up to 64 symbols long and it comprises 2 entities â€“ a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a second-level domain name (SLD). In the aforementioned illustration, my-best-domain is the SLD, and .com is the Top-Level Domain. While you can pick the Second-Level Domain of the domain name to be anything that is available for registration, there is a fixed number of top-level domain names to select from. The TLDs can be generic (gTLDs) or country-code (ccTLDs), and can be registered for a fixed span of time between 1 and ten years. They may impose more stipulations about the registrant.
As the domain name is just a hostname and nothing more than that, you require a web hosting package where you have to accommodate it. Thus, when you write it in a browser, it will show the files that you host in the account, i.e. it will exhibit your website. You can have a domain registered with a given registrar and obtain the hosting service from another, even though lots of hosts provide both services and it is more convenient to handle everything from one website hosting CP user interface. Either way, since the domain registration and the web hosting account are separate services, you have to point the domain name to the hosting server where it will be added as hosted. To do that, you need to change a certain setting, or record, of the domain - the commonly named nameservers. Each hosting provider has at least 2 nameservers - ns1.ca.viawebcloud.com and ns2.ca.viawebcloud.com, for example. The web hosting CP that you use for your domain name gives you the chance to change the nameservers and point the domain name to one hosting company or another.
The moment the domain name is pointed to a concrete domain hosting company and is added to their hosting servers, you will get several services. The most essential one is that the website files that you keep on the web server will now be shown when you type your domain name in a web browser. You will also be able to create email boxes such as firstname.lastname@example.org and utilize webmail or an e-mail client to handle them. Whether you host a personal or a corporate web portal, being available online and being allowed to set up email mailboxes with your domain are the two most pivotal things that you receive with a web hosting package. If you have a corporate site â€“ it will identify your business before your website visitors or customers. For this reason you require a trustworthy web hosting firm that will furnish a reliable and stable hosting service.
Other services that you get by hosting a domain name with us are: FTP access to upload and download files easily, domain forwarding, e-mail auto-responders and mailing lists, and the possibility to set up and modify given domain records from your Hepsia web hosting CP.