Top web hosting services
GoDaddy is the world’s largest domain name registrar and web hosting provider. GoDaddy has created its own proprietary system to manage all aspects of having an account with it.This system is quite different from cPanel and Plesk, but it tries to be intuitive and self-explanatory.
DreamHost has created its own control panel, which is quite unlike anything
else on the market.From the front page, you can go directly to some of the most used functions through the Toolbox.Everything else is easily
accessible through a couple of clicks in the menu system.
1&1 has been in the online services business since 1988 and has a large
presence in the U.K. and the U.S.The control panel’s front page has developed over time to be simple, clean, and easy to use.
If you want to host your e-mail on a different server than your website, you
can either take out another hosting plan just for the e-mail, or you can use
one of many third-party companies that specialize in hosting e-mail.
One of the most popular third parties is Google, which will enable you to use
the Gmail system with your own e-mail address. This means that if you like
the Gmail interface but want to use your own domain name for your e-mail
address, you can have the best of both worlds through Google Apps.
Google Apps are free for individuals and small groups. To register for Google
Apps, go to http://google.com/apps. Google has recently changed the
layout of the site to reflect its emphasis on selling the service to businesses,
but if you click Pricing in the top navigation on the Apps page, you can find a
link to sign up for free as an individual.
FTP addresses come in a few different forms and might be one of the following:
Your domain name
Your domain name preceded by ftp — for example, ftp.your
The server’s IP address — for example, 192.168.1.1
Your host’s FTP domain name — for example, ftp.yourhost.com
Generally, even if your host tells you that you should use a real name, such
as ftp.yourdomain.com, using the server’s IP address also works (if you
know what that is).
You also need to know the correct port to use. This is normally 21 for FTP or
22 for SFTP — but your host might have changed it for security.
Every server has ports that it can open or close. These are simply connections
via which different programs can connect to it. Your host will have configured
a port to listen for an FTP connection. You will not be able to connect via
FTP to any port that is either not configured for FTP or is closed. For server
security, you should only open the ports you need. Imagine it like the doors
and windows of your house. If you leave them all open, you are simply inviting thieves in and you can’t possibly watch all the windows and doors all the time to spot intruders.