What is web hosting?
A domain name and a web host are two components of every website you visit. Consider the domain name as the address and the host as the actual structure.
When you’re browsing the web and you type in a URL (i.e. http://www.testing.com), your web browser basically queries that domain name (i.e. testing.com) and asks it where the website is hosted. The browser then loads up the contents that are stored there.
Hosting is the practice of using a server to host a website, and there are many different kinds of hosted environments available. We, like most web host providers, offer a variety of options so that clients may pay only for the resources they require. The more popular a website is, the more resources it will require to work properly.
The good thing is that you may expand your plan as and when you need it, so you can start with a Single plan and subsequently upgrade to a Business or even a VPS plan.
How does a web host service work?
Your website is essentially a group of files and (in most instances) databases that are provided to your users as they navigate it. We will provide you with room to keep your website and database.
When you sign up, you’ll receive login details to access your account’s admin panel.
We provide a custom-built control panel. You may manage your account, check resource usage, generate email addresses and install content management systems (CMSs), such as WordPress, using our control panel. This is different from the website’s admin panel, which will be built when you install a CMS. This is the control panel for your entire hosting server.
Are there different types of hosting services?
Yes! Web hosting comes in a variety of sizes and forms, with different configurations appropriate for various types of website owners. In general, the categories are:
Shared: This is generally the most affordable type of website host because it uses the least amount of hardware. It refers to the hosting of several separate websites on the same server, with each user receiving a set amount of storage space and resources. For beginners and bloggers, this is frequently the best solution.
VPS: A Virtual Private Server configuration is similar to a shared configuration but on steroids. It often employs more powerful hardware and derives its name from the fact that, while numerous websites are kept on the same physical hardware, each use virtualization software to allow them to run independently as if they were separate mini-servers.
Dedicated: This is an excellent option for professionals, and it entails the usage of a server devoted to a single website, as the name implies. In other words, unlike shared and VPS plans, the user does not have to share storage space or resources with other users and has their own physical hardware.
Cloud: Webmasters use cloud hosting to access a big bank of servers that are all interconnected and intended to take over from one another if necessary. In other words, if you require additional resources, the cloud will offer additional resources to meet the demand. If you want to aim for 100 percent uptime and don’t care how much you have to spend for it, this is typically the best option.
We offer a combination of shared and cloud hosting. This configuration enables us to deliver fast website host with almost 100% uptime at an amazing price.
Is it necessary to have technical expertise in order to utilize Hostinger’s services?
Absolutely not! We makes web hosting as simple as possible for new customers to learn the fundamentals as they go. Many commonplace activities, such as creating an email address or installing a content management system (CMS), may be completed with a few clicks and no technical skills.
But don’t be fooled by this; while it’s simple to learn the basics and get started, our plans are also ideal for experienced developers. After all, there’s no reason something can’t be both user-friendly and strong.
If you get stuck, we have plenty of online tutorials to lead you through the most typical activities you would wish to complete, and we also have a customer support staff who will be delighted to assist you. However, for the majority of our clients, no assistance is required – and if you just want to jump in and get started, it’s faster and easier than joining up for a new social network.
What are the main differences between shared hosting and VPS?
That’s an excellent question! A virtual private server (VPS) is a hybrid of shared hosting and dedicated server technology. It’s not quite the best of both worlds, but it’s a decent middle ground that can help you save money. Some users compare shared host to apartment living and VPS host to condo living.
With shared hosting, you share a server and its resources with a number of other websites. With a VPS, you still share certain resources since the hardware determines this, but the software is built up in such a manner that one machine acts like several distinct servers, giving a new virtual server for each user.
Using a VPS gives webmasters the administrative control of a dedicated configuration, as well as the opportunity to modify their server to their needs.
If you believe that a VPS would be better for you, please see our cheap VPS options here.
How long does it take to get a Hostinger account up and running?
It didn’t take long! We say with confidence that setup takes less than a minute. This means that our new customers may get started right immediately. Simply establish an account and go through the setup procedure, and you’ll be able to log in and manage your new account right away.
What type of web hosting service do I require?
That depends – what kind of website do you have? And what’s your budget?
In general, shared hosting is the ideal place to start, it is appropriate for practically any type of website. Our services allows you to keep expenses low throughout the early stages of your website by only paying for the resources you use. If your website begins to grow in popularity, you can quickly switch to a higher tier plan and have access to additional resources.
Ultimately, every website is different. If you’re not sure, why not get in touch with our team so we can chat it through with you and make a personalized suggestion based on your needs?
What’s hosting bandwidth?
You might already be familiar with the term ‘bandwidth’ from your broadband provider. At its most simple level, bandwidth is a term that refers to how much data can pass along an internet connection.
When a user accesses your website, they send a request to the server and the server responds by literally serving up your website. Think of it as like turning on a tap. The more that people visit your website, the more water is flowing along the pipe, until you reach a point at which the pipe is full of water and it’s running at full capacity.
The same is true for your website. If too many people try to access it at the same time, the pipe fills up and the site begins to slow down, if not completely cease operating. And the breadth of that pipe is determined by your web hosting bandwidth.
What’s a MySQL Database?
MySQL is an open source database management system that uses structured query language (SQL) to access, add to and manage the content of a database. The fact that it’s an open source tool means that it’s a popular choice for software developers, which is why it forms the backbone of many of the most popular operating systems.
Most modern content management system (such as WordPress) use it to store data. Every change that you make in the CMS is recorded in the MySQL database, and then every time a visitor arrives on the site, the content of that database is served up to them from the hosting server.
What’s an SSL certificate?
An SSL certificate is a small data file that uses a cryptographic key to digitally tie your company’s identity with the files that are stored on your webserver. The idea is to prove the identity of the publisher of a webpage and to reduce the likelihood of a visitor accessing sensitive areas of a website without the appropriate security.
When a website has been secured with an SSL certificate, a visitor will see a padlock icon in their web browser and they’ll be connected to the site using the https:// protocol. With the SSL certificate in place and the user accessing the site through https, the connection between the browser and the web server has been secured and sensitive information can safely be transferred.
That’s why people use SSL certificates on e-commerce websites and other types of website that process credit card transactions and other financial information.
Our Premium and Business web hosting services include one free SSL certificate.
How can I build a website?
There are plenty of different ways to build a website, and it’s our goal to make it as easy as possible for you to do that. We want you to be able to sign up and start building your website straight away with no delay, which is why we’ve put a lot of time into streamlining it all.
If you just want to get started, the best option is usually to use our auto installer to install a content management system (CMS) which you can customize to suit your needs, whether you’re setting up a blog or whether you’re creating a website for your business. With a CMS, you can create new pages and customize the look and feel of your site without any technical know-how or programming ability.
Many webmasters use WordPress which is the most widely-used CMS in the world. All our hosting plans are fully optimized for WordPress.
But if WordPress doesn’t take your fancy, don’t worry. We also offer an intuitive drag and drop website builder that’s designed to get your site live in five minutes with no coding and no technical knowledge needed. You can find out more about that right here.
Will I get a free domain name?
Yes! We make it easy for you to get going by offering a free domain name when you sign up for an annual plan. We also offer some of the lowest prices on the market so that you can set up your website without spending a small fortune.
Can I transfer my website to Hostinger?
Yes, and we strongly encourage it! If you use one of the more popular CMS platforms, such as WordPress, there are several tools available that make it simple to export from one web hosting and import into another. However, if you are not using a popular CMS, or if you want some assistance along the road, please let us know. Our customer success team will do everything possible to assist you with the transfer – and we will do it for free!!
Will I get help to create my website?
Well that depends!
We’ll certainly do everything we can to lend a helping hand, whether that’s by pointing you in the right direction or by troubleshooting errors and issues. We also have a large knowledge base that’s filled with answers to existing questions, as well as a range of tutorials which were written with new customers in mind to help them to get started and to make the most of their Hostinger plan.
That said, we’re hosting specialists – which means that while we’ll offer as much help and support as we can, we’re not able to build you a website from scratch. But don’t worry about it – thanks to our website builder and our auto installers, you won’t have a problem.
Can I buy a plan without a domain name?
Yes, you certainly can. You may buy domain names elsewhere and point them to your Hostinger server if you want to. You can also transfer an existing domain name if you want to retain your domain name and website files under one provider, which we encourage for simplicity and simpler troubleshooting. Simply contact us and let us know!
Can I upgrade my hosting plan as my website grows?
Yes! In fact, this is usually what we recommend, and it’s one of the benefits of choosing Hostinger as your hosting provider. We make the upgrade procedure as simple as possible so that you can start on our budget plans and upgrade as your website starts to take off. We’re there alongside you at all times and we’re ready to grow with you!
Many other hosting providers will try to talk you into taking out plans that you neither need nor want. We disagree with that. We believe you should pay only for the resources that you need.
How can I be sure Hostinger hosting is secure?
We take security very seriously because there’s no point having a website if you can’t be sure that it’s safe from attack. We use BitNinja to protect all of our users, and we go out of our way to ensure that our servers are as strong and secure as possible. This includes running advanced , custom built security software and regularly updating our infrastructure.
Can I install and run an ecommerce site on web hosting?
Of course! We’re all about helping our customers to get their businesses off the ground, and that means that we support e-commerce sites on any of our plans. You can also take advantage of our auto-installers to set up a range of content management systems (CMS) and e-commerce platforms.
What kind of support will I get?
Here at Hostinger, we pride ourselves on our support team. In fact, we call our support team our customer success team, because we go the extra mile to make sure that our customers are as successful as possible. If you have a problem, no matter what it is, then get in touch with us. We’ll do our best to fix it if it’s something that’s under control, and even if not, we’ll try to point you in the right direction.
Our customer success team is top-rated within the industry and we have a long track record of doing everything in our power to help our customers. We respond quickly and thoroughly and don’t give up until we’ve found a solution. So if you’re having a problem, get in touch!