More Questions?


What is a Domain Name?
Do I need a Domain Name?
What else should I know about Domain Names?
What is Web Hosting?
How do I know how good my Web Host is?
How do I choose the right Web Host?

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Domain Names

What is a domain name?

This is quite simply a unique worldwide Internet address (e.g. which replaces the number address that the computer recognises in its original format. This is called an IP (Internet Protocol) address, and looks something like this:

Do I need a Domain Name?

Yes and No. If you obtain an email address and website from one of the big Internet companies in the UK (called an ISP or Internet Service Provider) for example Freeserve, then your website address may look something like this:

In this case you wouldn't need a domain name. However, would you expect to see the address of your suppliers all over your stationery? Of course you wouldn't, so why would you want to see it on your Internet address? In this case you would want your own professional domain name pointing to your space on the Internet, perhaps something like this:

What else should I know about Domain Names?

Only the fact that because these addresses are unique, there are only a finite number available which would be acceptable for your company. Since over a Million have been registered in the UK and there are companies making prospective domain name registrations with the hope of selling these at huge costs (e.g. recently sold for $3Million and sold for $7Million) it is important that you register your name before someone else does. will endeavour to find you something available to register, which you are entirely happy with.

Remember, Domain Names are disappearing at an alarming rate!

Web Hosting

What is Web Hosting?

Once you have created your website, you'll have to find a "host" computer on the Internet to store it on. This is called a server.

Servers are connected to the Internet through communication lines. We can think of these lines as the "roads of the Internet". A good example is this page you are viewing. It has been transferred from our server to your computer so you can see it.

Web hosting is pretty much like renting property. Most ISPs provide hosting services. Some are free, but others charge you a fee to store your website on their servers, and in return they ensure your website is accessible for as much time as possible. This is known as "uptime".

The process of getting your site onto the host is called "uploading" your site.

How do I know how good my Web Host is?

The measurement of transfer of information on the Internet is called "bandwidth". The greater the bandwidth of a server, the more "Internet traffic" can pass through it. The lesser the bandwidth of the server, the more it starts to look like the M25 during rush hour!

The moral: Choose a host that doesn't have enough bandwidth, and your web is likely to be very slow, but for lightning speed loading of your web pages, it can cost you a lot of money.

In addition, you need to ensure the server you are storing your site on has sufficient memory (web space) to store your website and its associated files, and you need to ensure that the server is properly maintained by the Web Hosting company so your site is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You should look for an average uptime of at least 95% or greater. Remember, 100% uptime is extremely rare, as most servers need to be disconnected from the Internet for maintenance (called "downtime").

How do I choose the right Web Host?

Do nothing.

That's right, do nothing! Here at we can provide all your web hosting needs on powerful servers that have an average 99.7% uptime. These servers also have battery backup and emergency generator, so you know your site should always be available.

Now you've got the general idea, take a look at our Technical Data page.

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