Any web page should have its own address, similar to the one that any person has. Only in the case of a site, this address is the hosting and domain. They determine where the resource is located on the network. The hosting is responsible for the data storage space, that is, for the physical location of the site, and the domain for its email address. As a result, hosting and domain are very important steps in creating a site. After all, a resource cannot develop if it is located only on your computer. In order for it to be used not only by you, but also by any other Internet users, you must place it on some hosting and assign it a domain.
Basically, hosting and domains are not purchased forever, but are temporarily rented. Such rent must be paid, unless the hosting or domain is provided to you free of charge. As a rule, a lease agreement is concluded for long periods: from a year for a domain and from a month for a hosting. In order to better understand how and why hosting is rented, we suggest that you examine this issue in more detail.
As we have already found out, hosting is the physical address of a site. In order to get such an address, the site owner needs to contact the provider and get acquainted with the conditions that he offers. It is important for the site owner to know: the type of server (virtual or dedicated), supported scripts and programming languages, allocated space, the quality of the support service, cost, and some other important hosting characteristics.
If everything suits you, then a contract is concluded between you and the hosting, and the provider allocates space for you on your hard drive. Now this is the location of your site. The provider has many such servers, and they are all stored in specially equipped rooms where there is a permanent Internet connection. This is necessary so that your site is constantly functioning and can be accessed from the network.
But just the location of the site on the hosting is not enough for it to start functioning. After all, if he does not have an address, people simply will not be able to find him and turn to him. For this, the site is assigned a domain, which consists of two parts:
- The first level, which tells which country the site is located in, or rather its server. Also, this domain level reports on the activity of the site.
- The second level is the primary domain name. This part is responsible for the name of the project. For example: https://justvps.com/ means that a service called justvps is engaged in commercial activities.
- There are still third and higher levels of the domain name, but they are rarely used as primary addresses, therefore they are not so important.
How to choose a good hosting
There are a large number of providers, but in order to choose the most suitable for you, you need to understand each of them well and make a comparison. You should not be led on a huge number of services provided, because many of them you may not need at all. Hosting requirements must match the needs of your site. After all, there are also small or non-commercial projects that do not need large disk space, which means that it makes no sense to overpay for expensive hosting. However, you should not immediately make a choice in favor of free or very cheap hosting. A small rental cost or its complete absence may affect the operation of your site in the future. Examples of negative qualities of such providers can be frequent malfunctions, malfunctions of the resource, advertising, which hosting is forcibly placed on the pages of your site. If you plan to develop your project and predict its rapid growth, of course, it is better to choose a paid hosting with good rental conditions and stable operation.