What is Web Hosting?
Web hosting is a service that allows businesses and individuals to post a website or web page onto the Internet. A web host, or web hosting service provider, like Digit, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed in the Internet. Websites are hosted, or stored, on special computers called servers that we manage on a daily basis. When Internet users want to view your website, all they need to do is type your website address or domain into their browser. Their computer will then connect to your server and your webpages will be delivered to them through the browser.
We do require that you own your domain in order to host with us. If you do not have a domain, we will gladly assist to register a domain for you. We also assist with the annual renewal process.
Here are some features you can expect from Digit as your hosting provider:
Email Accounts – As mentioned earlier, we require you to have their own domain name. With a domain name (e.g. www.digit.co.za) and email account features provided by us, you can create domain email accounts (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org).
FTP Access – The use of FTP lets you upload files from your local computer to your web server. If you build your website using your own HTML files, you can transfer the files from your computer to the web server through FTP, allowing your website to be accessed through the internet.
WordPress Support – WordPress is an online website creation tool. It is a powerful blogging and website content management system, which is a convenient way to create and manage website. WordPress powers over 25% of websites on the internet. Digit will tell you right away if your plans are WordPress-compatible or not. The simple requirements for hosting your WordPress websites include: PHP version 7 or greater; MySQL version 5.6 or greater.
If you decide to create and host your website with Digit, in addition to access to the drag and drop site builder, you can get a custom domain, email addresses, and web hosting all bundled into one subscription.
An advantage of using a website builder is that it allows you to simply drag and drop content to create your site, and publish your site to live with a few clicks. No technical experience is required. With the Website.com site builder, you will not need to build your website with coding, and you will not need to transfer files from your desktop computer to the server through FTP.
If you would rather build your website through coding or a CMS tool like WordPress, you are welcome to give us a call to assist installing the CMS for you.
How can my online business benefit from a web hosting service?
In order to publish your website online, your business website requires a web hosting service. However, a web host gives business owners more than just web hosting services! For example, we employ in-house technicians to make sure their clients’ websites are up and running 24/7. Plus, when website owners are in need of help or troubleshooting (e.g. script debutting, email not able to send/receive, domain name renewal, and more), our in-house support are the go-to people. Our professional web hosting service ensures a hassle-free experience for business owners, so you can efficiently focus their time and effort on their businesses.
We are also proud Microsoft Silver Partners and thus we can also host your mail on Microsoft’s Exchange platform.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us: