Web Hosting

Web hosting forms the most technical part of any online business. Understanding the underlying principles is a necessity for the savvy online business owner.

Can I buy web hosting without a domain name?

While they both work together, the domain name and the web hosting service are two different things and can each function in different ways.

However, without a domain name there would be no way to access or lead to the information stored in your hosting account. Therefore, the hosting couldn't function.

Domain names, however, can be purchased without web hosting. These domains are considered 'Parked' until such time as their name servers are delegated (or pointed) to a webhost. Advanced DNS records of the domain can also be used to point to other servers, although the IP address must be known. It may also be redirected to another domain name. For example www.mydomain.com and www.mydomain.com.au are both individual domains but one may be redirected to the other. In this case, web hosting only needs to be established on the target domain.

What is most important when considering the purchase of web hosting or registering a domain name is ensuring the quality of service. Accredited with the Australian Domain Name Administrator (auDA), and providing 24-hour technical support, service and quality is at the heart of Zoom Digital’s philosophy.

What is Web Hosting?

Most people understand the basic principles of setting up a small business – establish an appropriate business name, rent a shop space, move in and decorate.

Web hosting is not much different. A registrant establishes a domain name, leases a block of server space and uploads their webpage. Very quickly, anybody with a connection to the internet can start browsing the site.

A domain name provides the address of the server, while the server is a rented space into which the data that make up the webpage is stored. This process is known as delegation - the domain name points to the particular hosting account on the particular server.

The servers' main job is to 'serve' 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.

A good web hosting service like Zoom Digital provides a number of high quality services and even proactively works to identify and correct issues before they occur. As a reliable and trusted hosting company, Zoom Digital offers dedicated customer and technical support staff that are available day or night. They will work with you to ensure a streamlined and efficient service.