Introduction - Hosting - Host - Web Site - Web Pages
In order to put a web page onto the World Wide Web (WWW)
you require the services of other companies.
- An Internet service provider (ISP), to connect you
to the Internet
- A Web hosting company i.e. a Host. A hosting company Hosts your web pages on it's servers. This is where your web site is stored and is available for viewing via the World Wide Web (WWW).
Your web pages are viewed by users using a web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and many
Your Web Site will also require a name. If you use your
ISP as a host or a free Web host, then the name may be
incorporated into the hosts URL which may be suitable for a personnel website but not suitable for a professional site.
A professional site will need to obtain a Domain Name.
- It is less complicated if you obtain your web hosing & your domain name at the same time from the same supplier.
- If you think up a good domain name that is still available it is a good idea to register the name as soon as possible.
Some domain name examles
and the URL for these sites areis
Note that malta-info.co.uk & malta-info.com are 2 different web sites and owned by diferent people or companies. Often some companies buy all the the different extensions to prevent there use by other companies. Google is an excellent example of this but they also use these these different extensions to provide country relevent results.
A domain name should be short and snappy, go.com is a
fine example. Unfortunately most of the short snappy domain
names have been already purchased.
When I registered leeds-uk leeds.com
and cityofleeds.com had already been registered.
Domain names have an extension. The common ones .com, and .co.uk,
will be familiar with, but there are many others. The cost of domains
varies according to the extension, and the company you obtain the
name from. Most Web hosting services can obtain a domain name for
you. Prices are usually between £5 - £20 pound a year.
You may have to register for 2 years.
For your convenience you can either check on the availability or order your domain name from either of the 3 links below. I suggest that you purchase
a suitable name before somebody else buys it.
Domain name Extensions
.com is the most popular
.co.uk Good if the user i.e. the viewer is from the United Kindom. Most counties have there own extension.
.eu European Union
.XXX For adult websites
.gov .ac are reserved extensions used by goverments & academic establishments
Register a domain name
From 1&1 currenly advertising on UK TV, 123Reg Good domain name prices or BlueHost Free domain & good prices for hosting several Domains
As advertised in UK TV
A Web host is a company that stores its customers Web
pages on their Web Servers. The customer is given a password
so that the web pages either, new or amended, for that
customer can be uploaded. Although it is possible to host
on your own computer, requiring a fair amount of expertise.
The majority of people use the services of an hosting
Although handled by the hosting company, the Web site
has its own server. Giving the site webmaster (you) more
control over the choice of operating system and the back
end of the server. More expensive than shared hosting.