FAQ

Q:What is Web Hosting?

Web hosting is the act of renting space and bandwidth through a company so that you may publish your web site online.

You can either opt for free hosting that is usually supported with banners and pop ups, or may opt to get paid web hosting, which gives you complete control over your site contents.

Q:What is virtual hosting?

Also known as shared hosting, this form of web hosting should suffice for most everyone.

Virtual hosting simple refers to the fact that your site is on one server, and that this server hosts mulitple sites. You are virtually shared – your site will not be the only one on this specific server.

Very few sites would actually need the power of a dedicated server, so this option provides to be a reliable and cheap solution.

Q:What is a domain name?

A domain name is a word along with a TLD that uniquely identifies your website.
Please visit our domains page for more information.

Q:How do I register a domain name?

Registering a domain name is very easy.

First you will have to make sure that the domain you want is available – using something called a WHOIS lookup at sites like Experts Hosting or Whois Source you can make sure the domain you want is available for registration.

Afterwards, you simply need to visit a registration site such as Experts Hosting to purchase your domain name.

Q:What exactly is space and bandwidth/data transfer?

Diskspace is the size your website can be. 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 one million bytes. HTML pages are usually very small, but it is the extra images, scripts, and even databases that can take up large amounts of disk space.

Bandwidth/Transfer is the amount of data the server will allow your site to send in a month. Transfer is usually measured in gigabytes – billions of bytes. Once you go over your monthly limit, a host may either shut your site down for the remainder of the month or it can charge you ‘overage.’ This overcharge is usually about $2.00-$5.00 per extra gigabyte of transfer.

Q:What do I need to do to put Flash on my website?

Flash is a client side feature – it runs on the user’s computer, not on your web host. As long as the user’s browser has the correct plugin installed, it will run on their computer.

Q:What are PHP, ASP, perl, etc?

hese are all programming languages which are referred to by their acronyms.

PHP – PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor
ASP – Active Server Pages
Perl – not an acronym

Each programming language has its own benefits and uses. It is best that you research on your own to find one that best fits your needs.

Q:What is MySQL, MS SQL, etc?

MySQL and MS SQL are database systems. Depending on what your host provides, you can use a database to organize your data.

Q:Do I have to change my domain if I get a new host?

No. Provided that the domain is registered in your name (as it should be), you can simply update your namservers (from where you manage your domain names) to that of your new host.

Q:What is Domain Parking?

Domain parking lets you buy a domain and then have a ‘coming soon’ page on it. This is not needed – if a domain is not parked it will simply be iinaccessible to anyone.

Q:How can I pay for web hosting?

Experts Hosting accept Paypal, credit cards, Payza, Liberty reserve and bank transferts.

Q:What are subdomains?

Consider subdomains as an extension of your domain. For example, your site is www.example.com. A subdomain would be test.example.com, and another would be webhosting.example.com.

Subdomains are usually treated as separate sites from the main domain site.

Q:How do I upload my site online?

Uploading your site can be done in many ways, but the most popular is FTP.

When your hosting account was created, you should have been 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 can drag and drop files onto your web host. These files become live online instantaneously.

There are other ways to upload your site such as using SSH or uploading files through your browser

Q:What is the difference between UNIX hosting and Windows hosting?

Depending on which operating system to go with depends on your needs.

If you need to support Microsoft products such as ASP, MS Access, or VBScript, then Windows hosting would be better. Furthermore, if you are comfortable with IIS and do not have the time to understand how UNIX works, Windows hosting would again be a better choice.

There are some things to remember.

First of all, 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 server.

Secondly, Linux is much more common with web hosts due to its superior stability and because it is free. Since 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 too.

Q:Why would I need a dedicated IP?

For most people, a dedicated IP is not required. But for people that want to provide anonymous FTP or a website using SSL, a dedicated IP can make that easier.

Q:I am using too much bandwidth! Is there anyway for me to make it less?

In most cases, yes.

You should 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 a higher compression level. NetMechanic offers an image optimizer program online.

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

Experts Hosting has mod_gzip installed. This can save you a lot of bandwidth.

Best of all, optimizing your page like this makes the user experience better as your site will load faster for them!

Q:What is SEO?

SEO is abbreviated for Search Engine Optimization, which is the practice of optimizing a website in order to achieve traffic from search engines.

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