After acquiring a domain name, an address for a site, the next thing needed is space to host it. This article will focus on hosting a site at a third party’s location or hosting provider.
The server space is akin to a physical location to place a business. Most commonly, with small to medium websites, space is leased from a third party. There are three different types of hosting packages to fit the size and complexity of the site being deployed. Sites can easily migrate from one type to another as they grow, although the management of the server increases with upgrades as well.
Website ownership is a mystery to most individuals. A website is just a Word document on the Internet, isn’t it? Can’t I just update and manage it the same way I save one on my computer? While a website seems like a simple thing to manage, it does consist of a number of components which require attention and know-how. Understanding these components properly will allow anyone to know what they need to do to start and manage a site and what people are talking about when dealing with others.
The main components of a web site are analogous to a physical business. There are slight differences between the physical and virtual worlds, but making these associations can help you remember these areas to manage for your website. More detailed articles on each of these areas will be posted in the future and linked here. I list these in the order they would be performed in setting up a typical website.
Note: I no longer host with A Small Orange and the below coupons are no longer valid.
I have resisted placing a bunch of A Small Orange (my host for this site) referral pitches on feddy.ca in an effort to grab a few months credit from sign ups when the referee gets nothing. Recently, however, ASO has revamped their referral program to be linked based rather than entering the referrer in the order form and have added coupons as well. Therefore I decided to post these for anyone, client, potential client or other, who may want to take advantage of a discount at ASO.
Place your order with codes feddy5off for $5 off your order or feddy15%off for 15% off your order in the coupon field on the order form. (Full disclosure — I receive credit for the cost of one month of the plan you sign up for using the above link). Use the $5 off coupon when signing up for Tiny Shared Hosting or a Developer VPS at $25 per year. Otherwise it makes more sense to sign up for 1 year of any of the other Shared Hosting or VPS plans and use the 15% off coupon code.
I have updated the hosting page with the referral link and coupon codes as well.