When purchasing a new web hosting plan from Webhosting.uk.com, you will be required to provide a domain name that you can use with your new web hosting service. If you don’t already own domain names or don’t have one that you would like to use with your new web hosting service then we offer domain registration services that you can take advantage of so that you have a domain name to use; we also offer domain transfer services if there is a domain name that you own and wish to use, but it is hosted with another web hosting provider. An example of a domain name is example.com, with the domain being “example” and the TLD (Top Level Domain) being “.com” – ccTLDs (country-code Top Level Domains) such as .co.uk are also available from Webhosting.uk.com.
A domain name is what your visitors enter into their web browser’s address bar in order to access your website; it is the first step in the process of visiting a website and in some cases can be the deciding factor for someone as to whether they do give your website a visit. When choosing a domain name you should consider the following criteria:
- You should aim to use your brand or business name where possible as this will make it easier for your visitors to remember your web address; this will benefit you as it will make it easier for visitors to recommend your website
- It is important to choose a TLD or ccTLD that is relevant to your target audience because this can have a weighting on how your website performs in search engine listings local to you
- Never make your domain name too long because this will cause issues for visitors when they have to type your web address into their browser and it will reduce the chances of them being able to remember it.
All domain names need access to a DNS server to function correctly so that requests for the domain name and its sub-domains are sent to the correct servers so that information is processed correctly. Webhosting.uk.com’s full range of web hosting services support DNS hosting so that you can use your domain names with your hosting plan.
Web Hosting Email
In order for email to be effective, emails need to be sent between domain names; for
example, you will find that you are sending emails between “[email protected]” and “[email protected]”, but in order for this to be effective email hosting needs to be present on both domains. For a server to be able to send and receive email for a domain name, the domain name needs to have the server concerned specified as an MX record at its name servers so that servers sending email to the domain name concerned know which server they should be sending the email to. As the owner of the domain name retains full control of the DNS zone, there is no way in which parties that may be looking to intercept emails sent to particular email addresses can maliciously use this. The following email hosting features accompany a majority of web hosting services:
- Webmail ensures that you can use your domain name to access your email accounts from a web interface where access to a desktop email client isn’t possible, such as from a public computer
- POP3 and IMAP access to your email accounts means that you can use a desktop email client to retrieve your emails from the hosting server and manage them with ease; you can choose to keep your emails on the server or have them permanently stored on your local computer
- Whether you choose a simple Linux shared web hosting plan or a dedicated server, you can host an unlimited number of email accounts with the only limitation being the amount of disk space that you have available with your web hosting service.
As emails are now an integral part of web communication, Webhosting.uk.com offers web hosting services that will allow you to make the most of your domain name and the email services that can accompany it. Shared web hosting services are ideal for beginners, but larger businesses looking to develop their own IT infrastructure are going to be better suited to dedicated server hosting.