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Developing a Website Part 2

Developing a Website Part 2
So I decided to have my own website. The next step is crucial in the whole process of having a fast and reliable site.


Hosting is nothing more than a place where your website will be located. See it like an external hard drive that serves your website to the rest of the world. There are many companies that can provide you with these hosting services, but I suggest that first, you read forums and blogs about other user experiences for the hosting company that you are planning to choose. In that way, you don't fall into surprises like bad services, slow speeds and reliability problems. I chose a local company named Compbell.

(For people in Belgium, stay away from Telenet shared website hosting, I had terrible experiences with this company).

I chose for a shared Linux server, but this decision, depends on the tools and software you are going to install. (explained further in part 3)

Shared or Dedicated Server?

Most websites are on a shared server, which means that you share the same hardware/hard disk/etc. with other websites. This is cheaper in yearly costs and slower than a more expensive dedicated server where you have all the space and hardware for yourself. A dedicated server is only interesting for huge content websites or e-commerce.

Domain name

While searching for the best hosting company, you also need to choose a domain name. If you are lucky, the name you want is still free; as in my case, the domain name "dirkbeckers" was still available. Optionally you can choose different extensions like *.com *.net *.org *.eu *.be and many others.

To be continued...

Update: Click here to read Developing a Website Part 3

About Dirk Beckers
Dirk Beckers is a hobby wildlife & nature photographer living in Antwerp (Belgium). Fujifilm is mostly the gear I prefer but sometimes Nikon has a place in my bag. Aside from some exposure, sharpening, noise reduction and basic colour corrections, I don't spend much time post-processing my photos. I believe that good photographs are accomplished outdoors, in the field, and not in front of the computer. That's the essence of my photography. Click here for more.
Bird Identification
Please be aware that I'm not an expert in Ornithology. I'm using Merlin app from The Cornell Lab for bird identification, but if you think that there are still some mistakes with the names of the birds, please feel free to contact me. I will be happy to make the necessary corrections!
Copyright Notice
For non-commercial uses, my photos are free to share but if you are interested in using one of my photos for commercial purposes in a legal way, please contact me. If you use my photos for commercial purposes without my consent, I do a regular reverse image search on a regular basis.