If you want to set up a website, you probably need a domain name.
Some people set up free blogs or other types of sites using a domain name that belong to a third-party service like WordPress.com or Tumblr. That’s okay for small personal blogs — but if you want to build a serious online presence, you really should have your own domain name.
It isn’t hard to get your own domain name, all you need to do is buy one from a good domain name registrar.
If you’re having trouble finding a domain name you like, or you want to learn more about what makes a good domain name before you purchase one, see our Ultimate Domain Name Guide.
A domain name registrar is a company that manages the registration of domain names. When you buy a new domain name, you are buying it “from” a registrar (that is — you are paying the registration fee to a registrar).
Any good domain name registrar will let you search for domain names.
GoDaddy has a particularly good domain name search tool. It lets you search hundreds of domain name options based on provided keywords, including domain names with the new Top Level Domains.
DNS is the Domain Name System. It is a distributed database of human-meaningful domain names mapped to network-meaningful IP addresses. Web browsers and other internet clients access DNS information through a series of recursive calls to various nodes in the DNS database.
The domain name WHOIS system is a public database of contact information associated with each domain name. The manager for each Top Level Domain (
.ninja) manages the WHOIS directory for their respective TLD.
The WHOIS directory keeps contact information for the owner of a domain name, including:
- phone number
- mailing address
- email address
Naturally, this is directory is a prime target for marketers. Because of this, many domain name owners choose to use WHOIS privacy.
For more information on the WHOIS system, see the WHOIS chapter of the Ultimate Domain Name Guide
In our context, “hosting” refers to providing the hardware and software platform on top of which customers can deploy web sites and web-based applications.
- Figure out what type of web site or web project you will be building.
- Make some estimates about traffic.
- Figure out what type of hosting plan you need.
- Use our hosting search tool to find hosting companies that provide the kind of hosting you need and support the type of software you want to use.
- Read hosting reviews before making a decision.
Shared hosting is a form of web hosting in which many web hosting customers share a single (virtual or physical) server.
The customers in a shared hosting environment are partitioned away form each other, so (when everything goes well), they have absolutely no access to each other’s files, and are ideally not even aware of each other.
Shared hosting allows for a high customer-to-hardware density, which makes it a very inexpensive way to run a website — shared hosting is the cheapest form of hosting, and relatively high-quality shared hosting plans can be had for less than $10/month (sometimes less than $5/month, with a good coupon).
The problem with shared hosting is that a limited pool of computer resources is being shared by a large number of customers. This can cause slow-downs and site outages if one or more sites on a shared hosting server gets a lot a of traffic.
To prevent this, shared hosting providers usually institute some kind of throttling — even on so-called “unlimited plans.” This usually kicks in if your traffic spikes, which makes shared hosting plans a terrible idea if you are trying to build a highly-scalable, well-trafficked website.
Yes. Because of its popularity, most shared hosting providers are well-equipped to handle a WordPress blog. Many even offer a simple one-click installation script, allowing you to get set up with a new WordPress site very quickly.
You can use our hosting features comparison tool to find hosting providers that support WordPress.
Cloud hosting is a type of web hosting where a Virtualized server (similar to those available in VPShosting) is run on top of a variable pool of computing resources (a “cloud”). This allows you, the customer, to scale up your available computing power as needed.
Many (but not all) VPS hosting plans are actually cloud hosting plans, whether or not they are advertised that way.
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