What is Web Hosting?

Hosting a domain name means giving it a home on the internet. All domain names must be hosted on a server which looks after any internet transactions to do with the domain. The main functions of a server are to:

- provide a home for the domain name itself
- provide the web space for the domain's web site
- handles any email sent to an address @ that domain
- provide FTP access to allow the owner to log in and update the web site

Do I have to have my domain name hosted or pointed to a server?

Yes. It is an international requirement when registering a domain name to provide the details of an active server which is set up to host the domain.

What hosting options are there?

You will find the full list on our hosting plans page. Many individuals will find our personal package sufficient for most of their applications. Small businesses with ecommerce enabled web sites should look into the business package. Should you require more resources, please do not hesitate to email us for a custom plan at sales@hostingcity.com

Our sister company, ServerCity.com, provides advanced colocation, dedicated servers, and managed solutions. Some sites that simultaneously have thousands of visitors or huge databases will require a dedicated server in most situations.

I want to use Microsoft FrontPage to develop my site. Do I need Windows NT server?

No. Microsoft Front Page 98 or 2000 are web design programs and the code they output is in the main standard HTML code which will run on any web server. There are special additional functions, known as "Front Page extensions", which make it easier for the user to include interactive items, like visitor response forms, on their web site. Our servers support this feature. This however, still uses the Linux operating system; there is no need to use Windows NT. Make sure to turn on Front Page Extensions in cPanel.

What is a server?

A server is basically a computer with a permanent, high-capacity, leased-line connection to the internet. It is a real computer, just like the one in your office or at home, but with a higher memory capacity and a much faster connection to the internet than a common modem connection.

When you purchase a server to host your domain, what you are actually purchasing is a partitioned directory on one of these high-spec computers. This is known as a virtual server.