Websites, Domain Names and Hosting

Posted on November 30, 2011 ยท Posted in Advice

Chirnside Park, Coldstream, Croydon, Lilydale, Mooroolbark,
Mt Evelyn, Wonga Park and other areas

These days, all businesses require a website on the internet.
But very few businesses have the knowledge or the time to create their own website. A web designer can help you with creating a website to show case your business to the world. However there are some things to know about first, before contacting a web designer because they tend to build a lot of things into their business model and prices that sometimes might not be in your best interests.

  • URL for the website (Domain Names)
  • Place for your website to live (Web hosting)
  • What your website is built on (Web site technology/template)

You have two choices to manage and have these three items setup.
Do it yourself or have a web designer or IT Support provider setup and manage it for you.

A URL is similar to the street address for your business. It is the address on the Internet that people will use to visit your website. A Domain Name needs to be registered, and your Web Designer or computer support provider may attempt to resell you this and manage it all for you. If you do not want to manage this yourself, be sure to ask questions about who the domain name is registered with and exactly what are the logins and passwords to the account to allow you to manage the domain name should you wish to, or to have another Web Designer or IT provider help you.

Web Hosting is a bit like a block of land that your web site will live on. Your URL (Domain Name) is then pointed to your Internet block of land (Web Hosting). If you have a server, then you can host your own website if you wish, but if you are paying for web hosting then you are essentially renting a block of land on the Internet.

Web designers are similar to an architect or builder for a traditional building. However some web designers try to lock their customers into their own web hosting reselling arrangements by not providing a copy of the website should you wish to use a different web designer. When discussing with a web designer about their services, be sure to ask up front what happens if you want to stop using them and use a different web designer.

Another very important question to ask is where in the world will the website be hosted.
Our recommendation is that Australian businesses only host their website in Australia, unless there are compelling reasons not to.

Typically your requirements of your website should influence who will be the builder/designer of your website, and with how your website will be hosted. There should be no technical reason why your web designer, webhosting and email hosting have to be with the same provider.

Our recommendations are to use Internode for your Domain Name registration and Domain Name hosting. For your Web Site hosting we recommend iiNet. If you are unsure we can help you to get it all sorted out. Internode are more expensive than other providers, but you have confidence that you will get good service with Internode, and we will ensure that you have all logins and passwords if you choose to go elsewhere for IT Support. iiNet have Web Hosting plans that are easy to setup with WordPress and easy on the budget as well. Both iiNet and Internode can do email hosting.

If you need help trying to work out how to get a website up, or you have an existing website but are having trouble, if you are in our area, Computer Troubleshooters Croydon are available to help you understand the way forward.