Hosting Concepts

Understanding Your Domain Name

Buying domain names is a very common activity on the internet and a necessity for establishing an identity on the web. However, many people still don't understand what a domain is, how it is used and how to properly maintain it. This page is dedicated to answering common questions about domain names and providing you with important information that you need to know to make sure your domain remains a useful asset.

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Differences between UNIX and Windows Hosting

By Stacy Clifford

Some web hosts are offering UNIX hosting and Windows hosting. What's the difference?

The terms UNIX hosting and Windows hosting refer to the operating system (OS) that is running on the server. The operating system, of course, is the software that allows the computer to function and manage all of the other hardware and software that is installed on it.

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What kinds of web hosting are there?

By Stacy Clifford

Shared Hosting

Most websites are not huge affairs with hundreds of pages and thousands of files and graphics, and they are targeted toward a particular audience, so they will not get as many visitors as the large general sites like Yahoo! that are targeted at everybody who uses the internet. As such, the average website therefore is not going to require the full resources of an entire web server to run it. Web servers are designed to be able to handle dozens, even hundreds of websites at once because they are powerful machines.

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Understanding Web Hosting

You've got your new business all established now and you're ready to take the next step and set up a website to tell the online world that you're here and you've got something to offer. You've found a catchy domain name to call your own and now... what next? Well, the answer is that you need to find web hosting for the website you're going to build. So what does that mean and how do you figure out what kind of web hosting you need? First let's start with the basics.

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Understanding Email

Everybody knows what email is, right? In the modern business world, email has become one of our most important methods of communication, and indeed often a web hosting client considers the operation of his email more important than the website itself. Unfortunately however, most people have only a very superficial idea of how email really works, so when trouble does arise, they have no idea how to troubleshoot the problem and it takes longer to solve. Just by knowing the basics of how email works, you can give a more accurate problem description to tech support personnel and even solve some problems yourself! You might even find some new and useful features of your email that you didn't know about before.

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What is a Script Installation Utility?

A script installation utility is an application or software that is designed to make it easier for you to install scripts and web apps, including blogging software, content management systems (CMS), ecommerce software, picture galleries and more.

More advanced utilities will attempt to keep your script or web app up-to-date by either automatically installing updates or alerting you that your script is out-of-date.

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What is a Web Hosting Control Panel?

A web hosting control panel is a type of software installed on a server that allows administrators and web hosting customers to manage and administer the server without having to write code or use a command line interface (CLI).

Interface

Most web hosting control panels have a web-based interface that allow some or most common hosting related tasks to be completed via a web browser.  Some also have an API that allows third-party software and scripts to use the functionality the control panel provides.

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