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How to Host your Web Site?

Once your domain name is registered, you will also need to do the following:

Hire some hosting (server) space.

Hiring web server space to 'host' your website

Once you have registered your domain name, the next thing to do is to search for a web site hosting company to let them know that you need to host your website. They will need to know your domain name is registered.

Hiring some space on a web server to enable you to 'store' your website for the Internet is normally known as hosting. The term web site hosting describes the physical location of a website, or where the web site files physically 'live'.

A company that supplies this service is commonly known as a "hosting" or a host company. Normally, a company will host your website on their servers at a specified fee rate.

The levels of the hosting services vary and the cost of hosting your website will usually be measured by the amount of hosting server space you will need. The larger the size of your web site, the more server space needed for your site and hence a higher cost.

Once you have registered with a hosting company, you will be given what's known as the FTP details of your web site, which essentially are a user name and password that will allow you to transfer your website files to the host server to make it live. Don't worry about the details, as this is the point at which GECS does the transfer of your web site for you. As long as we have the information required, we can manage the whole of the process for you.

Shared Server Hosting

Shared server-hosting means a web site that is located on a bigger server along with other websites. This form of hosting is the most common and the most cost effective way of publishing a website. In the beginning, this type of hosting was considered to provide less user control over their website, with perceived poor security and compromised web site performance normally due to the number of other web sites on the server. But this is now a thing of the past as now most established UK and European web hosting companies now provide complete and advanced shared web site hosting. Here at GECS , we can also offer great value hosting packages that offer some of the best prices available today.

Dedicated Server Hosting

Dedicated server-hosting means that the web hosting company will supply a web site owner with their own, individual server, which is not shared by any other web site. Dedicated hosting is good for a larger web site or someone who has to manage multiple website on the same server. The server provides the user enhanced security with improved reliability if it was compared to a shared hosting server. The user is also offered increased software and configuration choices than those offered by shared hosting.

Normally, the costs associated with the server software are usually high and there will be a need for greater technical skills to actively maintain a dedicated server.

Co-location Server Hosting

In the case of a co-location server hosting, the web site user owns the server but the web host houses the physical location of the server. This type of hosting is very similar to dedicated hosting, but the only real difference is that instead of the web host supplying the customer with a web server, the customer supplies their own server. The user has near enough full control over the entire server with co-location hosting. The main setback is that the cost for software, security and maintenance is increased.

To find out more information on hosting, visit help forums such as the web hosting talk forum or the hosting FAQs in . Note a lot of the information will be biased towards the American market, but once you learn more about what you want then come and talk to us and we will give you a package tailored for your needs. If you don't fancy going through lots of reading then GECS normally offers a hosting service designed for your specific web site needs. Contact us here to discuss your needs, so that we can assist you to get your website up and running on the web.