Beginners Guide To Web Hosting

If you are unsure about the web hosting terms used on our website, or just confused about the whole aspect of web hosting, our “Beginners Guide To Web Hosting” will put you on the right track & will provide you with the knowledge required to feel confident when purchasing web hosting. There are many things to learn, so lets get started.


Bandwidth is a term used to describe the measurement of traffic on your website. When a visitor lands on your website, loads your pages, uploads or downloads files, bandwidth is used. The more popular your website becomes, the more bandwidth you will require.

Your bandwidth allowance is always delivered on a monthly basis with each web hosting package and resets on the date you opened your account. Our business package offers 40GB on a monthly basis & its very unlikely that you will need more than that.


Diskspace is the term used to describe the amount of space you have on the server for your files. Every folder and file you upload to your website will take up your available space allocated to your account. This includes every website file including images that you may use throughout your website. Also understand that if you use large images, this will also effect your bandwidth, as this is used to load your website.

General personal or business websites will not require more than 1GB Diskspace, although video/file hosting websites require huge amounts of bandwidth. Its always best to host your videos on Youtube and embed them on your website, this will save your bandwidth and the video will load much faster.

Domains, Nameservers & IP

If you want to access your website from the internet, you will require a domain name ( This should be something easy to remember or relevant to the industry you are associated with. When you advertise your website, you will be sending all visitors to your domain name, which will direct them to your own personal or business website.

When you have a domain name connected to a hosting account, your domain will load the files uploaded to your server when you visit the domain within your browser, by accessing the server via an IP (internet protocol) address. The IP address is always provided by the hosting company you use.

If you join the 987mb web hosting service and you already have a domain name, all you have to do is change the nameservers on your domain name. A nameserver will set the domain to access the correct IP address for your hosting account. Once you have changed the nameservers, your website files on the server at 987mb will load by accessing your domain online.

MySQL Databases

MySQL is the most popular feature used to run and manage databases on your own server. Database driven websites such as those used by property listings, classified advertising and photo galleries will required the use of a mysql database.

Usernames, passwords and many functions that the websites require will be accessed via the database within a table structure. The website will be coded in a way that allows the website to edit, create and verify entries within the database.

We offer Mysql Databases with every package & also “PHP my admin” that allows you to access and manage your databases which are generally used for our one-click installs for blog, forum & ecommerce software that we provide.

FTP (File Transfer Protocol)

FTP is used to transfer files from your own computer to your web hosting server. It also allows you to access the server and view, edit or delete files and folders that are visible on the server. Also referred to as an “FTP Client”, you will find it very useful to have, if you plan on uploading & editing files regular. Our favourite FTP Client is named FileZilla and is completely free to download and use.

Please Note: All of the files within the “public_html” folder are used for loading your website. Always make sure you have an “index file” within this folder to ensure your website will load.

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