Understanding the role of an external WordPress hosting company when embarking on a website project can be a little overwhelming. You are suddenly faced with technology lingo that you may not have ever come across. Purchasing a domain name and hosting package is essential for every website project so we aim to explain the roles of each service to ensure you understand exactly why you need to make these purchases.
Domain Name / Web Address
Each website has a unique domain name to identify it from the rest. For example, the domain name of this website is www.studioarcadia.fun Domain names are also sometimes called ‘web addresses’ or ‘URLs’. Having a unique domain name for your company allows your audience to search for your website through Google or type it manually in your browser’s search bar. In order to obtain a domain name for your company, you will need to contact a company that registered domain names. These companies usually provide the package of hosting and domain name registration so you can manage it all from one place.
Once you have obtained your domain name, you will need to purchase a hosting package. A website host or server is a space on the internet in which we can put your website’s files so that they will be visible to the public. It’s similar to having a folder on your computer’s desktop with files inside. A website host is simply a folder on your hosting company’s online server that contains your website’s files and makes them visible to the public.
Recommended Hosting Packages
Online Store / eCommerce Hosting
If you are planning to sell products on your website using an eCommerce solution, a basic hosting plan will also suit you perfectly if you have less than 50 products. However, if you are planning to sell a larger number of products or will have a high volume of people visiting your website then you should opt for a more suitable package. If you’re unsure which hosting option is best for you please contact me before making a purchase.
If you are planning to allow your customers to purchase products on your website using a credit card then you will be required to have an SSL Certificate. An SSL certificate can be thought of as a lockbox for your data. It doesn’t make it any harder for anyone to obtain the data but it encrypts the data to the point that nobody can understand it. In addition to encrypting data, the SSL certificate ensures visitors that your business is legitimate, and will not attempt to defraud them in any way. You will also require a Dedicated IP / Static IP in conjunction with the SSL Certificate.