Web Hosting with Reclaim
Web hosting and domain registration can be a very confusing thing if you’ve never been through the process or worked with it before. This info will hopefully help make it an easier for you. There are a plethora of companies and packages available that provide both domain registration and web hosting. That’s the upside: you almost always use one service (company) for both hosting and registration needs. In an effort to streamline the process for you, our iMedia students, we’re asking that you all use Reclaim Hosting, a very solid company that can provide both the domain registration and hosting, and is very academically minded. Previous alums from past years have vouched for their quality of service as well as their friendly and quick customer service.
Let’s take a second to understand the difference between hosting and domain registration. Domain registration is the act of securing a URL, or name if you want to think of it like that. It’s the g-o-o-g-l-e in www.google.com. You pay to have the name you want for your site. If everybody’s site had the same name or url, the internet wouldn’t work! Hosting is the space provided on a server to store, or host, your files that make up your website. You pay a fee to your hosting company so that you can have space to keep your files on their server. It’s like renting an apartment in an apartment building. You pay rent, they give you space.
Following that link will take you to Reclaim’s shared hosting plans and you’ll see they have a “students & individuals” option at a very reasonable $25 for 12 months. That’s a little over $2 a month and it really doesn’t get much cheaper than that for a reputable hosting service. The plan provides 2 GB of storage space, unlimited subdomains, and again, great customer service.
Things you’ll need to have to begin the process: • A credit card for billing purposes • A domain name that you’ll want to use. Many people attempt to use their name as a domain and that’s perfectly fine, even encouraged. You’ll have the opportunity to check the availability of your desired domain name as you go through the process. • From there, the registration process is really straight forward.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.