Now that you have registered your domain with us (Registering your domain – blog post), the next step will be to upload your website or blog onto your domain. Whether you wish to start a new website or upload an existing website you will need to set up your hosting first. We would like to recommend you start off with shared hosting as this is an entry level hosting option and is ideal for personal or small business websites that are new or don’t have high traffic.
There are two types of websites suitable for shared hosting; static websites and dynamic websites. To find out the difference between the two, read on:
A static website is a set of pages with hardcoded content and functionality. These normally consist of a few pages with various files and images that are not regularly updated or changed. A static website is the simplest type of website and is pretty much a ‘fire and forget’ solution, as once it is live you generally do not need to do much to it.
While most business needs have grown past having static sites, there are still a lot of uses for simple sites like this, such as a holding page with a “coming soon” message, contact details or a single page with links to other websites.
For more information please see our article on how to upload a simple static website via FTP.
Dynamic websites are websites that either have a lot of changing information that is updated regularly or provide a type of ‘on the fly’ functionality. More complex than a static website these sites, commonly known as Content Management Systems or CMS’s, usually consist of a large number of files and a database to store additional information.
The de facto standard at the moment, these days most websites you see are running on some form of CMS such as WordPress, Drupal or Joomla. These sites can range in complexity from shopping sites to social networks. The most common type of CMS, and the one we recommend to our clients is WordPress. For more information on uploading a CMS such as WordPress to your domain read this article.
Our support team is available to assist you in setting up or importing your website or you can use the self-help articles linked above. If you would like to get in touch with our support team you can email [email protected] or contact us on 087 470 0000.
Here are our other articles with this FAQs series:
Registering your domain.