In order for us to perform a web hosting in-depth review, we must first understand what web hosting is. So in layman’s terms, let me quickly explain what exactly a web host is and what it does. Imagine you have spent hours, or weeks, making your own homepage and when it’s done you want to show it to the world through the Internet. This is where the web host company comes in.
These companies have computers, called servers. Each server comes with its own IP address which is hooked into the Internet and able to “speak” with other servers around the planet. After you have made a contract with a web host company, you are able to upload your homepage to their server computer. You will be given or will be able to choose a web address.
Article supplied by Mark Randall, Rackspace Hosting
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By Aidan Tudehope, MD of Hosting, Macquarie Telecom
With the rise of consumer migration online, Australia seems to be right on the cusp of true internet retailing adoption. There is in fact a huge potential for online retail in Australia that is not being exploited.
The growing penetration of internet and broadband services in Australia means that there’s an increasing appetite for online shopping, media entertainment, travel and news and all aspects of digital media consumption by consumers and businesses.
In my first experience as a web manager involved in the development and implementation of a fully integrated e commerce website with real time inventory I faced numerous roles as the arbitrator between designers, technical team, and managing directors preferences.
One of my intentions when launching internetretailing.com.au, was to write a piece about this as I am sure that many web managers would identify with some of the challenges I faced. Well while researching some supporting material for this, I came across this article from one of my favourite writers on Web design, Paul Boag, of Headscape Designs and Boagworld based in the UK, so instead of reinventing the wheel here it is... thanks Paul.