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What is Domain Name?

Imagine that everybody in the world used their Social Security number or their telephone number instead of their name... If names didn't exist, you'd be forced to invent them, or you'd never be able to identify your closest friends, let alone casual acquaintances you'd met only a couple of times!

Domain names were invented to fill a similar need on the Internet. Most computers connected to the Internet are identified by a unique number called an IP address (for instance, IP addresses are neither intuitive (they don't correspond to a geographical location) nor easy to remember (you can prove that by glancing away from this page and then trying to quote the example IP address above!)

If you type the IP address into the URL bar of your browser you will be taken to the web site it relates to. As well as being hard to remember, however, IP addresses are also FIXED (i.e. if you change web hosting companies you'll need to get a new IP address for your site).
Domain names offer a more intuitive way to name and find a website. Each domain name replaces a string of meaningless numbers (an IP address) with a simple word or expression. That's the theory - in practice, domain names can be pretty obscure too.

Let’s look in more detail at a domain name, using this site's domain name as an example. This site's domain name is esolbiz.com - you can check this easily by looking at in the URL or location bar of your browser. 

.com is the top domain under which my domain name is registered. There are heaps of different top domains out there, from commercial (.com) through to non-profit (.org) and even country-specific top domains such as France (.fr) and Italy (.it). Every domain name is registered under a top domain of some kind. The top domain is often known as the domain extension - these are the same thing, so don't get mixed up!

Always remember that when we talk about "owning" a domain name, we are really talking about the exclusive right to use that name. It is not possible to own a domain name outright, and you will have to pay a periodic renewal fee to keep this "right to use" your domain name. Also, since you don't own the name itself, under certain circumstances a court can take your right to use a domain name away from you.
Like it or hate it, this is the way the whole domain name system has been set up, and run for over 10 years. So you are going to have to accept this rather strange way of working with domain names.


Does regional domain extension (e.g. .pk, .uk, .ae, .be) make any difference?

Most countries now have their own top domains, such as .uk for the UK or .fr for France, .pk for Pakistan. The rules for buying domain names under each country top domain vary from country to country; always check before you buy!

Some countries have essentially sold their cyber-rights to enterprising entrepreneurs. For instance, anyone can pick up a .to domain name (Tonga) or a .cc domain name (Cocos (Keeling) Islands) and most people are not even aware that these were intended to be country-level top domains in the first place!

Some companies are selling sub-domains of memorable domain names. For instance, you can buy a sub-domain of .uk.com if you could not get the .uk domain name you wanted. These are NOT official, internationally sanctioned top domains, just companies essentially chopping up their own domain names into smaller pieces.


What should I be watching out for when I register a domain name through a 3rd party such as a web design company or web hosting service?

If you've paid to register a domain name as part of a wider package of services, it's essential to make sure that YOU are in fact the owner of that domain name. A few cases have been reported of web hosting firms, for instance, registering domain names in their own name rather than in their clients' name, to essentially "trap" their client so that they are unable to change hosting service. One way to avoid this is to register your domain name independently of securing other web services, and to make sure you register it through a recognized Registrar.


What is web hosting?

Web hosting is a service that allows users to post Web pages to the Internet. A Web host, or hosting service provider (HSP), is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for Web sites to be viewed on the Web.

Web hosting is a primary service that consumers can utilize after obtaining either dial-up or broadband access to the Internet. It allows users to disseminate their own information resources to any Internet user that is interested in accessing them. Web hosting utilizes the server/client model to distribute content. A Web hosting provider will offer its clients access to a Web server that will push that client's content to recipients on request. Recipients use clients, or Web browsers, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator to request content from the Web over their own Internet connection.

Web sites are hosted, or stored, on a special computer called a server. The server, or host computer, allows Internet users connected anywhere to reach your site when they put in your domain address, for example: www.yourcompany.com.
The host computers are set up so that when someone types in your domain name (your Web address), the address will follow a route from computer to computer until it reaches your host computer and your web site. Then the Internet user will be able to browse through your Web site. Hosting companies usually require that you own your own domain name in order to host with them. If you don't have a domain name, most hosting companies will help you purchase one.

To have a Web site on the Internet you first need to have a Web server. Unfortunately, owning and operating a Web server can be very costly and requires technical expertise that most businesses do not possess. This is where "Web hosts" come in. Web hosts provide the equipment and other technical resources that are required to provide a consumer with their own customized Web site. Hosting companies charge a rental fee for the service of storing your Web site and allowing Web site visitor traffic flow to through their computers to get to the information on your site.
Web hosting services are more advantageous because they are outsourced, meaning that the physical location of the Web server does not reside at the consumer's premises. Outsourcing your Web presence effectively transfers the responsibility for maintaining your Web site infrastructure from yourself to an organization that is more competent to do so.

Many individuals and small businesses take advantage of Web hosts in order to free themselves from pre-occupying their scarce human and financial resources on Web host issues. Individuals and companies who outsource their Web presence do so in order to achieve the following objectives: reduce and control operating costs; improve their own company focus; gain access to in-depth expertise; free internal resources for core competencies; and obtain access to world-class capabilities to control IT functions which are difficult to manage.
The best Web hosting services will provide relatively seamless access to IT functions that will allow you to self-publish your Web site. It is important to note that "Web hosting" strictly refers to providing the consumer with the capacity to upload content to a server for immediate transmission for those that request it. Web hosting does not include the authoring of a Web site or the development of database-driven components or code. It is incumbent upon the consumer of Web hosting services to develop this material or have it developed on his or her behalf.

Web hosting is offered to the consumer in multiple formats based upon the user's requirements. These requirements are incumbent upon cost and infrastructure provided.


How much web hosting (space) I need for a website?

If you imagine that you will expand your site eventually, you might want to cater for future expansion. Most sites use less than 25MB of web space. Indeed, at one time, one of our other web sites, maxobiz.com, used less than 25MB of space although it had about 10 pages on the site and 3 email accounts approximately. Your needs will vary, depending on how many pictures your pages use, whether you need sound files, video clips, heavy email extensions etc.

To approximately calculate the web hosting you need for your website, E-SolBiz has designed a “Web Hosting Calculator”. Please use this to get the idea for your requirements.

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(Check Your Web Hosting Requirements yourself)


What is website bandwidth?

Like many other terms, the technical definition of bandwidth is somewhat different from its use in reference to web sites and data transfer. For our purposes, and yours, bandwidth refers to the amount of data that can be transferred from your web site to the world.
When shopping for a web site hosting plan, we often ask. "How many hits can I get? How many visitors will my site be able to handle?" The response is always the same. "That depends."
There is a great deal of confusion as to how exactly your web pages are distributed and what the practical limits of that distribution are. Before we discuss "bandwidth", let's discuss the bits and pieces of web site hosting.
Let's assume that your home page, the first page served to your visitors, has a file size of 50 KB, 15 KB for the actual HTML page and 35 KB for images/animations included on that page - backgrounds, buttons, logo, photos, etc.. Let’s also assume that your site gets 10,000 visitors per month and the average visitor views 3 pages of your site and each page size is  50 KB.
Based on those numbers, your site would serve:

50 KB x 3 Pages x 10,000 Visitors = 1500000 KB or 1500 MB or 1.5 GB per month.

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(Check Your Website bandwidth yourself)


What is preferable hosting Platform?

For a user who requires up to 20GB shared web space will be preferred to have shared space rather then complete web server. For that, Linux hosting will be preferred over windows hosting, and reasons are listed belo

Low cost
Network friendliness
Fast and easy installation
Full use of hard disk
Open source

Today the combination of inexpensive computers and free high-quality Linux operating systems and software provide incredibly low-cost solutions for both basic home office use and high-performance business and science applications. The available choices of Linux distributions and Linux software may be overwhelming at first, but it if you know where to look; it shouldn’t take long for you to find good online guidance.


What is Web Designing/development?

“The inspired process of designing pages to be displayed on an Intranet or the Internet is known as a website”.

Web designing is the design of web pages, websites and web applications. It is the complete web page outlay which is visible to the viewer. It is a medium used by companies to promote their business and corporate agencies to market several products to the customers. It is simply like fine art, creative art of designer.

Web site is a collection of number of web pages, it is very necessary that there is a direct link between each documents loaded on the web site so that the viewer can have access to all the pages. In other words, we can say web site is a bigger picture of web pages.

The task of web designer is to combine the graphic, textual and other elements of a site to create an appealing layout. They exhibit their passion for creativity. They love to be provoked with new web site design ideas and designs. Web Designing is the process by which web designer make visitors able to access the web pages at one platform with several images, texts, links, graphics etc

Web design which achieves successful marketing results is sensitive to the cultural, instinctual and iconic meanings of colour in relation to the product being promoted and considers the cultural backgrounds and gender of the targeted clientele. Avoiding the extremes of sheer garishness and boredom, effective design displays symphonic colour arrangements of shades, tints, tones and complementarities to tantalize and maintain interest. Adding textures too can alter colours - a roughly textured surface makes a colour seem darker, while a smooth surface lightens the same colour.


What is E-commerce?

E-commerce is the online transaction of business, featuring linked computer systems of the vendor, host, and buyer. Electronic transactions involve the transfer of ownership or rights to use a good or service. Most people are familiar with business-to-consumer electronic business (B2C). Common illustrations include Amazon.com, ebay.com etc.


What is B2B?

On the Internet, B2B (business-to-business), also known as e-biz, is the exchange of products, services, or information between businesses rather than between businesses and consumers. Although early interest centered on the growth of retailing on the Internet, The volume of investment in B2B by venture capitalists was reported to be accelerating sharply although profitable B2B sites were not yet easy to find.


What is B2C?

B2C is short for business-to-consumer, or the retailing part of e-commerce on the Internet.


What is Search Engine Marketing (SEM)?

Search engine marketing or internet marketing consists of all functions involved in creating and implementing a strategic plan for marketing online or over the internet. Search engine or internet marketing plans often consist of different levels of search engine optimization, search engine promotion and search engine advertising.


What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?

Search engine optimization readies your website for search engine spiders, indexing, and favorable rankings by search engines.
Choosing and marketing for targeted keywords and keyword phrases related to a website enables the site will rank high when those terms are         part of a web search.
This results in visibility on search engine results pages (SERPS) for internet searchers. When properly executed, search engine optimization             yields targeted traffic to the site and increases revenues.
Search engine optimization is the base component for developing your search engine or internet marketing plan.


What is Search Engine Promotion (SEP)?

Search engine promotion is the process of promoting your website through various online channels in order to increase visibility and your potential to receive a higher page ranking or position within the search engine results pages. Common search engine promotions campaigns include vertical marketing and press release optimization and submissions.


What is Search Engine Advertising (SEA)?

Search engine advertising is the process of planning and developing strategies for online paid placement opportunities. There are many different options when considering search engine advertising. As search engine marketing consultants we will help you explore search engine advertising and how it can benefit you in your online presence. Some of the Benefits of Search Engine Optimization & Marketing include:

Increase and Improve Visibility
Increase Targeted Traffic
Increase Qualified Leads and Conversions
Increase and Expand Market Share
Increase Online Areas of Influence


What is Web 2.0?

WEB 2.0 is not simply a buzzword. WEB 2.0 is the next generation of web applications. Designed with user friendly layout concepts and clear presentation of information WEB 2.0 has experienced tremendous popularity in the recent past. The term, WEB 2.0, came into being after a careful inspection of the surviving companies after the Internet Bubble burst in the 90s and the commonalities that they all possessed were the founding characteristics of WEB 2.0.

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