General Web Hosting FAQs

» What Is web hosting?
» What Is virtual hosting?
» What Is a domain name?
» How do I register a domain name?
» What is space and bandwidth/data Transfer?
» What do I need to do to put flash on my website?
» How do I track how many hits my website gets?
» What Are Php, Asp, Perl?
» What Is Mysql, Ms Sql?
» Do I have to change my domain if I get a new host?
» Will there be forced advertising on my site? Things like banner ads or popups?
» What is domain parking?
» How can I pay for Web hosting?
» What Is Paypal?
» What are subdomains?
» How do I upload my site?
» What Is uptime?
» What is the difference between UNIX hosting and Windows hosting?
» I have a fast Internet connection (DSL or cable). Can I just host my own site?
» Why would I need a dedicated IP?
» Why don't I just go with the cheapest hosting?
» I am using too much bandwidth! How do I reduce usage?

What Is Web Hosting?

Web hosting involves renting space on a server and bandwidth from a provider so that you can publish your website online. It's available in two flavors: Free and ad-based or paid and ad free. With the latter option, you have complete control over your site's content.

 

What Is Virtual Hosting?

Virtual hosting, also known as shared hosting, involves operating your site on a server that hosts multiple sites. In other words, your site is sharing the processing power, bandwidth and memory along with other sites on that particular server. This form of Web hosting is sufficient for the vast majority of websites. It's also a reliable and inexpensive solution for sites that do not need the power of a dedicated server.

 

What Is A Domain Name?

A domain name is a word along with a top-level domain (.com, .net, .org, etc.) that uniquely identifies your website.

 

How Do I Register A Domain Name?

Registering a domain name is a very simple process. First, make sure the domain is available. You can do this by looking it up on WHOIS or register.com. Once you confirm it's available, you can register the domain at GalaxyVisions or any other domain registration site. Registering with GalaxyVisions simplifies the process greatly because GV will take care of DNS registration and other changes that need to be made.

 

What is space and bandwidth/data Transfer?

Disk space refers to the storage required to hold your website. Every single letter on your website has to be stored somewhere on your Web host's server. Each letter is one byte, and a megabyte is roughly 1 million bytes. HTML pages are usually very small, but images, scripts and databases can take up large amounts of disk space.
Bandwidth/transfer is the amount of data the server will allow your site to transmit in a month. Transfer is usually measured in gigabytes, or billions of bytes. Once you go over your monthly limit, your host may either shut your site down for the remainder of the month or charge you an overage fee. This charge is usually about $2 to $5 per extra gigabyte.

 

What Do I Need To Do To Put Flash On My Website?

Flash is a client-side program, which means it runs on the user's computer, not on your Web host's server. As long as the user has the correct browser plugin installed, it will run on the computer.

 

How Do I Track How Many Hits My Website Gets?

There are a number of ways to measure website popularity. You'll hear a lot about these terms:

1. Hits: The number of elements retrieved from your site. If one page has five images in it, viewing that page once adds 6 hits (one page + five images).

2. Impressions: The number of times all the pages on your site are seen (also called page views). Impressions are sometimes referred to as "hits," which can cause confusion.

3. Unique Visitors: The number of people who have visited your site.


In other words, if I visit your website, look at two pages with five images each, then your stats increase by one unique, two page views and 12 hits.

Tracking can be done either on the server-side or remotely. With server-side statistics, log files are used to generate visitor information. This is usually more accurate than remotely hosted solutions. You usually have to add some JavaScript to your site. This JavaScript is then used to track visitor data.

If your host provides server-side statistics, they're a good solution. Otherwise, companies such as Site Meter can be used to remotely track your visitors.

 

What Are Php, Asp, Perl, Etc?

These are programming languages used to build dynamic websites.

PHP is a widely-used general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for Web development and can be embedded into HTML. ASP are other examples of scripting languages. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Do some research on the Web to select the one that best fits your needs.

 

What Is Mysql, Ms Sql, Etc?

MySQL and MS SQL are relational databases. You can use a database to organize your data and create dynamic websites.

 

Do I Have To Change My Domain If I Get A New Host?

No. As long as the domain is registered in your name, you can simply update your name servers to point to your new host.

 

Will There Be Forced Advertising On My Site - Things Like Banner Ads Or Popup Ads?

No. You are paying GalaxyVisions to host your site. No one except you can put ads on your site.

 

What Is Domain Parking?

Domain parking lets you buy a domain and place a "coming soon" graphic on it. This is not needed. If a domain is not parked, it will be accessible to no one.  Most domain registrars provide domain parking by default.

 

How Can I Pay For Web Hosting?

GalaxyVisions accepts credit cards, PayPal, money orders and checks.

 

What Is Paypal?

PayPal is a service that lets anyone with an email address to send money to anyone else with an email address.

PayPal requires each user to sign up and enter credit card information. Once registration is completed, your email address is all you need to send and receive money. PayPal is owned by eBay.

 

What Are Subdomains?

Subdomains are an extension of your domain. For example, your site is http://www.example.com A sub.domain would be test.example.com. Another would be webhosting.example.com. Subdomains are usually treated as separate from the main site.

 

How do I upload my site?

Your site can be uploaded in many ways, but the most popular is FTP.

When your hosting account was created, you were provided with an FTP account. Using software such as CuteFTP or WS_FTP, you can log into your host.
Then, using the program like a normal windows program, you drag and drop files onto your Web host's server. These files become live online instantaneously.
There are other ways to upload your site, including Secure Shell (SSH) or uploading files through your browser.

 

What Is Uptime?

Uptime is the amount of time your site is online throughout the entire month.

Obviously, 100% uptime is ideal. But things can break, and many hosts - including GalaxyVisions - offer 99.9% uptime guarantees.

This means that if your site is not accessible for more than 43 minutes in a month, you will be reimbursed according to the terms of service and Service Level Agreement (SLA).

 

What Is The Difference Between Unix Hosting And Windows Hosting?

Choose your operating system based on the needs of your applications.

If you plan to use Microsoft solutions such as ASP, MS Access, or VBScript, then Windows hosting is the best choice. Furthermore, if you are comfortable with Microsoft's IIS Web server, Windows hosting is the way to go. There are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Just because you use Windows at home does not mean you should use Windows hosting. The two are completely different, and having a Windows system at home will not affect your ability to communicate with a UNIX/Linux server.
  • Linux is much more common with Web hosts due to its superior stability and price. Because it is free, Linux hosting is usually cheaper than Windows. Just because it's free does not mean it's not as good. Linux is an excellent product that's developed and supported by millions of developers around the world.
 

I Have A Fast Internet Connection (dsl/cable) - Can I Just Host My Own Site?

You could, but it's not recommended.
First of all, most ISPs do not let you use your Internet connection for Web hosting. Doing so may result in the termination of your account.

Second, Web hosting is not without its headaches. You must make sure your system is secure so that no one can hack into it. Your computer must be on 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You alone will be responsible for keeping it up to date.

Third, think of performance. Most Web hosts use powerful servers with a lot of RAM and high performance hard drives. Furthermore, they have multiple Internet connections and speeds far greater than what residential DSL or cable service can provide.

Lastly, there are support issues. If something goes wrong, it will be your job to fix it. You will not have a professional to correct the problem.

 

Why Would I Need A Dedicated Ip?

For most users, a dedicated IP is not required. But one can make it easier to set up anonymous FTP access or operate a website using SSL.

 

Why Don't I Just Go With The Cheapest Hosting?

Sometimes you'll find Web hosting deals that seem too good to be true. Chances are, they are. There are discount hosing services offer low prices and good service. But keep these things in mind:

  • Some hosts try to limit their customers' activity through their Terms of Service (TOS) or Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). Be sure to thoroughly review both documents before signing up with a host.
  • Some hosts skimp on overall performance and bandwidth in order to keep rates low.
  • Low prices often mean little support. Do not expect to receive an answer to your questions right away if you are paying less than $10 a month (30 cents a day) for Web hosting. Many hosts now offer online tutorials to show how to set up a website or how a feature works.


Before you sign up with a Web host, do some research. Google the company, and visit WebHostingTalk.com to see other customers' reviews.

 

I Am Using Too Much Bandwidth! Is There Anyway For Me To Make It Less?

Yes, in most cases. First try to optimize the graphics on your website. Many GIFs look just as good with fewer colors, and many JPEGs look just as good with higher compression. NetMechanic offers a free online image optimizer.

You should also analyze the HTML of your site. Make sure you're using relative paths so that images are not downloaded more than one time. When linking to other pages, use relative paths and not absolute links. Remove any extra spacing, too.

Also, make sure  your host has mod_gzip installed. This can save you a lot of bandwidth.

Remember, optimizing your page will not only conserve bandwidth but will also improve your visitors' experience.

 
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