487 PRACTICAL INFORMATION
In order to put your site on the web you will
need a domain name and web hosting.
Your domain name is your web
address (e.g. google.com or bbc.
co.uk). There are many websites
that allow you to register domain
names. Usually you will have to
pay an annual fee to keep that
These sites usually have a form
that allows you to check whether
your preferred domain name is
available, and because millions
of domain names have already
been registered, it might take
you a while to ﬁnd the one that is
right for your site.
A lot of sites that offer domain
name registration also offer web
This refers to the total size of all
of the ﬁles that make up your site
(all of the HTML and CSS ﬁles,
images and scripts).
This is the amount of data the
hosting company will send to
your site's visitors. If you imagine
10 people looked at every page
on your site, then it would be
the equivalent to 10 times the
amount of disk space you use.
Check whether the hosting
company performs backups on
your site (and how often). Some
only create backups so that
they can restore your website in
the event of a server breaking.
Others allow access to backups
(which can be helpful if you
accidentally break the site when
So that other people can see
your site, you will need to upload
it to a web server. Web servers
are special computers that are
constantly connected to the
Internet. They are specially set
up to serve web pages when
they are requested.
With the exception of some very
large sites, most websites live on
web servers run by web hosting
companies. This is usually far
cheaper and more reliable than
trying to run your own web
There are lots of different types
of hosting on offer. We will now
take a look at some of the key
things that will help you choose
which hosting company to use.