Crash course in hosting your site with hostgator

Every web hosting plan has basic features. Those features determine what a customers will pay for every month. Some of the most common web hosting features include:

Disk space

It’s impossible to host a full featured website with an inadequate amount of web hosting space. That’s why many web hosts offer a certain amount of disk space for their customers who sign up for a plan. Disk space determines how much files, emails and plain data will be able to get stored on a server.

Most web hosts actually offer unlimited disk space for most of their web hosting plans, particularly business hosting plans. Thanks to this, most people signing up for a web host don’t have to worry too much about running out of space.

Bandwidth and data transfer

Bandwidth is any amount of data that’s transferred at one time. Data transfer, on the other hand is the actual amount of data that gets transferred (as in, data transferred).

Although both are different web hosting elements, they both complement each other in many ways. Bandwidth determines how much data can get transferred. If you have less bandwidth, you won’t be able to transfer as much data as you want. Less bandwidth also makes websites load slower, despite the connection speed of any visitors. If you don’t have a big enough data transfer threshold, your website is more likely to stay offline on many occasions, since there’s not enough data to keep it online.

Luckily, many web hosts offer unlimited data transfer and bandwidth for most business-level hosting plans. Unlimited data transfer is a little more rare than unlimited bandwidth, but it’s out there.

Email accounts

If you’re planning to build a business website, you also need email accounts. If you’re hosting your own domain, you’ll be provided with an email account (and several others) for your web needs.

Under most web hosts, three types of email accounts exist: aliases, forwarding and POP3. POP3 accounts are your standard (and traditional) email account. With this type of email account, you can store your email data on your web server and use an email client to access and download your mail.

Forwarding emails redirect emails to another email address. This type of email account is best suited for businesses (or busy individuals) who need to delegate emails to another party. Aliases emails work like forwarding accounts, since they take emails filtered from a main email address. Most people use this type of email to receive emails from unrecognized email addresses.

FTP access

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) refers to a standard network protocol that transfers files from one host to another via a TCP (transmission control protocol) network, usually the Internet.

FTP access allows you to transfer files back to your website’s server. It also allows you to download files from your website’s server to your computer. Most, if not all, web hosts give clients access to their FTP server.


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