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Web Site Hosting FAQ's

  • 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.

  • What is a domain name?

    A domain name is a sequence of letters and numbers which determine the address of 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. Please check out our Glossary for definitions. To find plans that support these options, please use our Advanced Search page.

  • What is shared (virtual) web hosting?

  • Shared (or virtual) 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 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 a host?

    Yes, H2L Online Marketing recommends that you register your domain name with a separate registrar before getting a hosting plan. We can register your domain for you.

  • 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 (see our gotchas page for more details).

  • Can I use Java applets, JavaScript, and Flash pages on my site?

    Yes. Those are client-side technologies, so the host doesn't have to do anything to support or enable them. Any browser (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox) that supports them is enough, so any host will do. It doesn't matter whether Java or Flash are listed among the plan's features, they are supported by default.
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