What is a Domain Name ?
Domain names are hostnames that allow us to remember websites more easily than using an IP address. So, for example, instead of having to remember 192.168.1.146 to come to this website, instead you can simply remember Domains.eg:indweb.com
Domain names are allowed to have letters, digits, and hyphens. No other characters may be used in a domain name.
The following example illustrates the difference between a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) and a domain name:
Domain name: indweb.com
In the past, domain names and server IP address were completely interchangeable. You could type in either and find the website you were looking for. Now, however, there are far more websites than there are servers, so servers now commonly use "virtual hosting" for websites. This allows multiple websites to exist on a single IP address.
Why Do I Need a Domain Name?
If you just want to put up a personal web page, you're probably better off simply placing that page with your current service provider. Practically all Internet dial-up accounts include a free web page. Your service provider can help you with the details.
If you're in business and wish to advertise your services on the Net, or provide information for clients, etc., it may still be simplest and most economical to set up the page(s) on an ordinary dial-up account. Unless your website is very large or will attract large numbers of users, this is usually OK, though you should check your service provider's terms of service.
What is web hosting?
Web hosting refers to the process of publishing a web site so that it is available to the world on the Web. Paid web hosting also involves getting a domain name and not having forced ads displayed on your site.
What are PHP, SQL, Java, IP, etc.?
Those acronyms refer to various features such as programming languages, databases, etc. that might be available with a hosting plan.
What is shared web hosting?
Shared web hosting is the most fitting way of hosting for 99% of web sites. It means that a web hosting company will have one or more servers (computers constantly connected to the Internet that run a web server software such as Apache or IIS) that will be running multiple web sites (it will be shared). Unless a web site is exceptionally busy or requires a lot of bandwidth, this is the least expensive way to go to get a real web site. You can still have your own IP address with virtual hosting and the site won't look any different to users. Other options are dedicated, co-location, or doing it yourself web hosting. In those options you have the whole computer to yourself and you can do things like install your own software.
Can I keep my domain name when I change Hosting Services?
Yes. That is the purpose of the DNS information associated with your domain name. When you need to move to another host, you just need to point your domain's name servers to this new host. If you registered your domain name with a host and you now want to move, you should find your registration records or contact this host and ask them how to control your domain name. If you have a problem, you can usually see the name of the registrar by performing a "Whois" query on your domain name and contact them.
What are the numbers listed under "Disk Space" and "Monthly Transfer"?
Space is the amount of "stuff" you can put on your web site. Available space is usually listed in megabytes (MB, millions of bytes). Single letter takes up one byte. HTML files are usually rather small (this file is about 25,000 bytes) but pictures and programs can get quite big. Your scripts, emails and stats will also take up space on your host. Transfer is the amount of "stuff" that visitors to your site can download before you reach your monthly limit. Transfer is usually listed in gigabytes (billions of bytes). After the transfer limit is reached for the month, you will need to pay extra for additional transfer at higher rates. For example, if an average visitor to your site views 3 HTML pages of 20 KB (thousands of bytes) each and 8 small embedded pictures of 10 KB each, and you get 500 visitors per day, you will require at least (3 * 20 + 8 * 10) * 500 * 30 = 2,100,000 KB = 2.1 GB of transfer per month.
Can I Upgrade or Downgrade my plan at any time? If so, what is the Cost?
Yes. We are very flexible with respect to upgrading or downgrading an account. Changes of this sort ar accomplished in the "Hosting Services" section of the web site - Click on "Upgrade or Downgrade". Changes are permitted on a month-by-month basis. Since all our packages are prepaid 3 or 12 months in advance, the prorated change is calculated based on the difference in hosting costs between your existing plan and the one you wish to change to, pro-rated based on the number of months left in your billing cycle. Changes of this sort require considerable administrative labor. We ask that you do not abuse this feature.
How do I pay for web hosting?
Hosting services are paid for in advance. Our hosting fees are 50% to 75% cheaper than most our competitors. One of the ways we are able to offer such low fees, is to minimize our accounting costs. Towards this end, our Plan #1 and Plan #2 accounts are billed on an annual basis. Our Plan #3 and Custom accounts are billed on a quarterly basis. Our prices are so low, this amounts to less than a $100 charge. We currently accept Visa, MasterCard and Paypal as payment.
How do I upload my site?
The main method of uploading files to your site's account is by using FTP. When you sign up with a host, you will probably get an FTP account that lets you access files in your account (usually ftp.yoursitename.com and your main account name and password). Then you can use a built-in Windows or Internet Explorer FTP client, or some other software that supports FTP such as CuteFTP, WS_FTP, or Windows Commander, to transfer files from your hard drive to your account. If you don't get an FTP account or if you prefer a Web interface, you can use your account control panel's File Manager instead. Yet another method is to use an SSH or telnet client software, such as SecureCRT, to upload using Zmodem protocol (sz and rz commands). All these methods will work fine, but we recommend using dedicated FTP programs as the preferred solution because these programs have the best user interfaces and support advanced options like setting file permissions and resuming aborted file transfers.
What is uptime?
Uptime is the percentage of time that a web site is working. For example, if some host has an uptime average of 99.86%, this means that your site will be down for a total about 1 hour each month. We monitor uptime of customer websites of many web hosts and we display this data on the host's details page. Some hosts also offer "uptime guarantees" but this is not as valuable as it might appear.
Yes. Those are client-side technologies, so the host doesn't have to do anything to support or enable them. Any browser that supports them is enough, so any host will do. It doesn't matter whether Java or Flash are listed among plan's features, they are supported by default.
How much data transfer will I need?
You can figure out how much data transfer you will require by estimating your average page size (including graphics!) and multiplying it by the number of page views you expect to have in a month. For example with an average page size of 50 KB, and around 2000 page views per day, you will transfer an average of 3 GB per month.
Do I need stats?
Absolutely. Stats give you the information required to evaluate the effectiveness of your site. Our CPanel software gives you access to detailed stats about your web traffic on a daily or hourly basis. Stats are available as raw data (numbers) or in an easy-to-read graphical output.
Can I run my own software on my site?
All our plans allow running scripts in languages such as Perl or PHP. These scripts must be uploaded to your cgi-bin subdirectory. Our CPanel software allows you to run "cron" which enables you to automatically execute programs or scripts on at a specific time and date.
Do I need to use a search engine submission service?
Not really. Some search engine submission tools are better than others and some big search engines don't like automated submission. You should submit manually to major directories like Yahoo! and Looksmart, and you may also prefer to submit manually to major search engines like MSN and Google.
Are there any extra costs involved in hosting a secure site?
Yes, you'll need to get a digital certificate from Certificate Authority such as Thawte or Verisign.