Once a website has been designed and created, it needs to be made visible to the wider world. This process involves:
- Obtaining an ‘address’ on the web (something like www.example.com) – this is your domain name.
- Uploading all your website files to a server permanently connected to the internet – this is your web hosting.
If you don’t yet have a domain name, I can advise on the ins and outs of the process and register your domain name for you. I insist on registering the domain name in your name – so if you ever need to transfer the domain elsewhere, you are free to do so.
More often, it’s a case of transferring your existing domain name or just repointing it to your new website at the appropriate point.
Ensuring your website is hosted with a reliable hosting company is crucial. No-one wants frequent, unplanned ‘downtime’ for their website – which is why at Hexagon we use a high quality, reliable and UK-based hosting company with an excellent support service. The UK location is of particular importance if you have a UK customer base combined with a domain name which is not UK specific (e.g. ‘.com’ or ‘.net’).
Hosting your website with Hexagon means that you have access to friendly, responsive support, and your website is stored on a well-maintained, up-to-date hosting platform.
If you have your own domain name, it’s likely you’ll want email addresses to match. For a start, it’s likely to give a better impression than a yahoo or hotmail address.
My standard hosting package comes with basic email accounts that are good for light use, and can be accessed via your own email client (such as Outlook or Windows Mail) or via webmail.
I also offer a superior email hosting package for medium-heavy usage accounts; these accounts have far greater storage, and email can be synced across your mobile, tablet, and desktop.