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DOMAINS:

How to determine if a domain name is available

On the Home or Domain page, at the top, use our “Domain Search” feature to enter the URL you’d like, select the extension (.com, .co.za) and click search. If the domain name is available, you can proceed to purchase it.

What domain name should I
choose for my site?

Every website starts with a great domain name.
Choose a strong name that is short, easy to type and targets your audience. Try to avoid using numbers and hyphens, as well as names that are similar to ones being used.

Which domain extensions does FastHosting register?

FastHosting registers multiple popular domain extensions, allowing more options for the address of your website.
Domain extensions: .com, .co.za, .net,
.org, .io, .info, .capetown, .co
, and many more.

How can I make my website
work without www. in front?

Using www. is not required for a website to work, it is simply a popular stylistic choice. Websites by default are set to use www. at the start of the address, but you can change this by creating a .htaccess file that re-routes your website from www.example.com -> example.com.

SHARED HOSTING:

What is shared hosting?

With shared hosting, multiple sites use the resources of
a single server. You’ll be allocated a certain amount of server resources your site can utilize and have access to an integrated control panel. Therefore, Shared Hosting is very beginner friendly and the most common hosting package.

How does a shared hosting environment work?

With shared hosting, multiple sites shared the same hardware and software resources of a single physical server. Typically, a shared server has pre-installed scripts and software that sites on the server must utilize.

How does shared hosting differ from dedicated and VPS hosting?

In a shared hosting environment, you’re sharing a server
with multiple websites. Whereas, in dedicated hosting, you have an entire server all to yourself. VPS hosting share similarities to shared hosting – utilizing a single server, that server is split into multiple virtual server environments. These server environments act similar to dedicated hosting environments.

What are the benefits of Shared Hosting?

Shared hosting is the perfect fit for beginners. The setup process is very intuitive and the complex tasks are handled by the host. Other benefits include:

  • Cost saving
  • Shared Hosting is easily upgraded to higher packages
  • No Technicals skill required
  • Built in Control Panel with Tools

What are the limitations of shared hosting?

Shared Hosting isn’t the perfect hosting environment for every kind of website owner. It’s cheap, has high uptime, and is very easy to manage, but still has some drawbacks, such as:

  • Loading speed can be slower than dedicated servers
  • Website performance affected by other sites sharing server
  • If site traffic increases, possibility of lag in performance
  • No customization to server environment available

Who should choose shared hosting?

Shared Hosting is geared towards beginners
and/or small website owners. If this is your first time hosting a website, then shared hosting is a great choice.
If you have a large or high-traffic website, then you’ll want to look into Dedicated Servers or Managed Server hosting
packages to control performance and have more
server customization options.

MANAGED SERVER HOSTING:

What is Managed Hosting?

Managed hosting is a web hosting environment that’s
managed by a team of experts. Typically for people who
are new to server management but need a website with high
traffic allowance, high speeds and unique customization.

How does Managed Server Hosting work?

With Managed Hosting, you’re renting an entire physical server. Unlike Dedicated Hosting, however,
you will not be required to setup, maintain or update the server. Our team of experts will handle all processes for you.

Who is Managed Hosting for?

Managed Hosting is perfect for people who require
a large scale, highly secure website, and are also
new to server management or those who would prefer
spending time on their business instead
of their web hosting.

Dedicated Hosting vs Managed Hosting

With Dedicated Hosting, you’re renting a blank server and customizing it to your needs. You’re in charge of technical tasks like server maintenance, security, software updates and everything else. With Managed Hosting, you’ll have a team of experts that help to setup and manage your server.

What are the benefits of Managed Hosting?

Managed hosting can be very advantageous for certain websites and applications. They are one of the most secure hosting options, as you as are not sharing a server with other sites. Furthermore, they tend to have higher uptime, are optimized for performance and are scalable to your needs.

Drawbacks of Managed Hosting?

Managed Hosting isn’t the perfect fit everyone.
The costs are high, they lack customization options and rely
on an external team of experts to manage your server and implement any changes you would like made.
Dedicated Server’s are a good alternative if you’re
looking for more customization options.

DEDICATED SERVER HOSTING:

What is dedicated hosting?

Dedicated hosting is a single web hosting environment
that’s dedicated to the needs of a single website. Typically for websites that are large, receive high volume of traffic, or require a unique hosting setup. Clients have complete control over their server management.

How does dedicated hosting work?

With dedicated server hosting, you’re renting an entire
physical server. This provides you with full customization and control of your server environment. You’ll be able to customize your CPU type, operating system and total amount of RAM and storage available.

What are the benefits of Dedicated Hosting?

Dedicated hosting is advantageous for certain websites and applications. As such, it’s one of the most secure hosting options, as you as are not sharing a server with other sites. Furthermore, they tend to have higher uptime, are optimized for performance and are scalable to your needs.

Drawbacks of Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated Hosting isn’t the perfect fit for everyone.
Server’s are costly and require a range of knowledge to
set-up and maintain correctly. It is technical and may require up to a team of people to manage.
Managed Server’s are a good alternative if you’re looking for a less technical option.

Who is dedicated hosting for?

Dedicated server environments are geared towards more technical users. Managing your server, keeping it efficient and secure takes a lot work. As a result, dedicated hosting is typically used by very high traffic websites, complex applications and anything that requires a high-level of security.

Dedicated Hosting vs Managed Hosting

With Dedicated Hosting, you’ll be renting a blank server and customizing it to your needs. You’re in charge of technical tasks like server maintenance, security, software updates and everything else. With Managed Hosting, you’ll have a team of experts that help to setup and manage your server.