Basic terminology

What is Domain?

If I have to explain this in short and sweet lines then picture this; A domain is like an Address which helps people reach your website. It is a link which helps browsers trace your website and present it to visitors.

It looks like this:

Every website / blog has a unique Domain, no two websites can have same Names unless they have different domains like org, net, com, info or some location based domains like in, etc. A Domain is thus an important part of a website.

This when combined and linked with the web hosting, constitutes a website, and without one of them, you cannot proceed to the next step, i.e. creating a website.

What is Web Hosting?

As Domain is like Address, Web Hosting is the storage which contains your entire website / blog and its data. Web Hosting services store your website and its data on their high powered servers which are connected to high-speed network, whatever you upload on your blog will be stored on your web hosting. A Domain will create a link to your website, so that people can reach it without difficulties. Whenever someone enters your domain name into his web browser, the computer will use the network to search for the server which contains your site, thus linking the person with your website.

What Is WordPress?

WordPress is one of the best and free personal publishing blogging platform, it is widely used among advance bloggers and webmasters. The main reason behind its popularity is that it is fast, flexible, and free and comes with lots of features, plugins, tweaks etc. WordPress helps reducing daily publishing tasks with its large plugin database. Using plugins you can automate many tasks and can also access advance settings without much programming knowledge. In this article I will talk about Setting up a WordPress Blog on HostGator.

WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system or CMS based on PHP and MySQL. Basically WordPress is a software which we install over your Web Hosting so that we can manage blogging and content publishing. WordPress supports plugins, which on the other hand help in various tasks involving SEO, comment management, social sharing, keywords research and much more. WordPress also features a full-fledged template system which helps you choose from thousands of beautiful templates for your blog.


According to a definition, WordPress Themes are a set of files which determine the look of your WordPress hosted blog or website. A Theme contains the general layout of the website, which includes the header, sidebar, menus, widgets, graphics, logos, footers etc. As I said, WordPress comes with an inbuilt template system which you can use for changing your blog appearance easily. There are thousands of WordPress themes available on the internet, both free and premium. You can opt for free ones as a beginner, but I recommend going for premium templates, as they have more features and freedom.

What Is Shared Hosting

Shared web hosting is the most common type of web hosting in the market. The reason why is it called shared hosting is because a single server host multiple web sites on same hard drive, on the same IP address. There is nothing wrong at all with this type of web hosting and for the most part if you don’t have a huge website. There really isn’t a need for any other web hosting plan. A shared hosting plan from the right web hosting provider can be sufficient for a personal website to a small business site.

The only downside to this type of web hosting is the lack responsibility of some of the hosting providers out there that did not meet our review requirements for this site. But might try to get more profits from cramming as many accounts onto a single server until the performance threshold is met, this is an extremely bad practice because when servers get pushed to their limits things tend to get non-responsive. Think of it like a computer, in an essence a server is a computer it has a processor a hard-drive and a network hookup. Now when you buy a brand new PC or MAC “for all you apple people” for the most part it is fast and runs great. Now what happens after you fill up 50-75 percent of you hard-drive? Well your computers performance starts to slow down because it is taking more time to access all the info simply because there is more of it to sort through – this depends on the disk speed.

What Is Dedicated Hosting

A dedicated web server means that data of your website is not shared on the same server with other clients like in shared hosting. This means that you can make custom hardware and software configurations to the server that you are renting. This is one of the best web hosting options when your business website is too big for shared hosting or you need specific requirements for your site. Another good point is that you are not sharing your server with any other accounts, you get access to the full computing power of the server and it doesn’t have to multi-task you get 100% of the server resources!

Most important advantage of using a dedicated server for your business website is that it will increase the security of your site by reducing the risk of someone hacking your website. Dedicated hosting gives a greater amount of security and privacy opposed to shared hosting. The Disadvantage of a dedicated web host is the price. 

VPS Hosting

Virtual private servers or VPS hosting bridges the gap between shared web hosting services and dedicated hosting services. A VPS server runs a copy of its own operating system, and users have access to the operating system being able to install whatever OS. Virtual private servers would be the best hosting choice for websites that have outgrown shared hosting but do not anticipate continuous expansion in the future.

PBN (Private Blog Network)

Collection of blogs i.e. WordPress sites that link to your business site from different web hosts and IPs.


What to look for in web hosting companies? At we understand that the needs of each individual or company will vary. Furthermore you need to find a company that offers the most affordable solution possibly without sacrificing performance, up-time or customer support. Also, factors such as which operating system you are going to need on your server, typically (Windows and Linux ). You also need to be sure the web hosting company offers the features that you need. For instance, you might want a host that provides unlimited sub-domains, or email addresses or unlimited bandwidth if you are expecting a lot of traffic. Choosing among the best web hosting companies should be based on the features you need not the ones you don’t.


Customer service is another important aspect to consider when shopping for a host. The best web hosting companies offer a variety of customer service options such as 24-hour toll free numbers, 24-hour email support, Frequently Asked Questions page and help forums. The amount of help you might need depends mainly on your experience and problems you encounter from the server.