Web Hosting FAQs
Many of you probably know what it takes to start a small business. You choose and register a name for your business, lease some retail space, and then you set up shop.
Well, web hosting is a pretty similar concept. You purchase a domain name, lease a some space on a server (or buy your own), and then you upload your site. Then, you’re open for business and anybody with an Internet connection can start browsing your site!
Your domain name provides the address of the server, while the server is a rented space into which the data and files that make up the webpage is stored. This process is known as delegation — the domain name points to the specific hosting account on the particular server.
The server’s main job is to “serve” the files to the web browser that made the request. And in the same way as property is managed by a landlord, the server is managed by a web host.
The web host determines the server features. However, not all servers are created equal and there are many options available. Some web hosting services provide technical support and some will force you to go it alone. Others may simply offer a basic redirection service, while advanced packages provide scripting support, database storage or email services.
Hosting Velocity provides a number of high quality services and even proactively works to identify and correct issues before they occur. Every service you order from us comes with dedicated customer and technical support that is available to you 24/7/365 through the client portal at https://hostingvelocity.com/portal/. Our US-based support team will work with you to resolve any issues with your hosting that you may encounter.
Shared hosting means you’re not buying your own server, but that you’re sharing the space on a server with others. Much like how an apartment or a store shares space in a complex.
Hosting Velocity’s physical servers are located in “natural disaster-free” locations through out the United States. This means that our servers won’t be effected by storms, earthquakes, or other natural disasters.
Our servers being in the United States means we’re able to provide faster load times for U.S.-based customers compared to hosting based overseas.
Typically, a shared hosting system is subject to the misuse of resources by individual users that can affect everybody. However, unlike other companies that offer shared hosting, Hosting Velocity keeps an eye on it’s “renters” ensuring that no one is abusing or misusing the system to ensure that your site (and business) keeps it’s clean reputation and can keep running efficiently!
A domain name and the web hosting service are two different things and each function in different ways. Much like how a physical address is different from the physical location of a coffee shop.
A domain name can be purchased without web hosting. These domains are considered “parked” until such time as their name servers are delegated (or pointed) to a web host.
However, without a domain name, there is no way to access or lead to the information stored on your web hosting account, and therefore without a domain name, web hosting cannot function.