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Creating my website

“Each student is required to buy their own domain name and serverspace (hosting) for this module at a cost of approximately £45. Please bring credit/debit cards on the first day. If you want to buy your hosting in advance the domain name & serverspace must have the following minimum specification:

  1. Your domain name must be OR (other names and suffixes should be discussed with the tutor).
  2. Hosting should be 500MB, have at least one MSQL database, PHP 5 and a secure control panel – for example Visn’s HOME-PLUS package

Jargon Busting – ( Still confused by the terms used)

  • “Disk Space” – This is literally how much space you have to play with. Most of you only have 500MB available to you (I’ve had mine for 3 years and only use about 200MB) You will learn about ‘Optimisation’ next week.
  • “Monthly Bandwidth” – This is the total that you can transfer from Server to Audience. E.g. If you have a 1MB file that gets viewed 200x a month, you’ve used 200MB for that one file.
  • “FTP” – or File Transfer Protocol. This is what you use to upload to your Server. We’ll touch upon it next week.
  • “My S Q L” / “SQL” / “Database” – These are essentially a group of Tables that contain Data. It’s what many dynamic websites run off, because they can easily populate entire websites saying ‘For Each row, do this…’
  • Domain name – the part of a network address which identifies it as belonging to a particular domain.
  • Hosting – store (a website or other electronic data) on a computer connected to the Internet.
  • PHP 5- server-side scripting language designed for web development but also used as a general-purpose programming language
  • Control Panel- web-based interface provided by the hosting company that allows customers to manage their various hosted services in a single place.

There are many companies on the internet that over website packages, for this module i am to research which would be the correct package for me.

Below are a few packages that I found:

  • costs £10.45 for one year including domain name- doesn’t have industry standard control panel, must be confident that you can do it manually
  • Go Daddy- the economy package is really useful- £2.99 month and comes out as direct debit. Go Daddy is prone to being attacked.
  • Middle up package- £4.99 a month
  • Vision internet- home hosting and reliable UK host
  • 1&1 hosting provides a good basic package
  • Vida host- £17 a year- pay up front- 500gb of server space and all the necessary features required, good control panel, many plugins such as wordpress which is needed.

I have decided to go with Vida host like most people in my peer group, as at £17 a year it is an upfront payment meaning I don’t have to worry about having having the money in my bank each month a be it a small amount. Vida Host is also cheaper than I was quoted at the beginning of this module (£45 – visen home plus package). When looking closer at some of the other packages, they have catches such as having to pay for a two year contract, and as I don’t know yet if I will be carrying on my website after this year or creating a completely new one.

When creating my domain name I  decided on as it was avalible and wasn’t.

When paying for my site I paid via paypal when making the first transaction its said payment failed please try again, in which I did, this time payment went through. When checking paypal and my bank account I found that both payments has been sent through and approved. After two days of contacting vida host via service tickets I was refunded one of the payments.



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This entry was posted on January 14, 2014 by in Digital Media.
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