Introduction to Web Hosting
Hosting is the place where your website lives, from where it is served to users who visit. It’s the place where all the text, code, and images are stored on a special type of computer that’s always connected to the internet (called a server, or virtual server). Think of hosting space like an apartment, and a domain name like the name of the street. The apartment is where you live, but unless people know the name of the street it’s on, they won’t be able to visit you.
How do I buy web hosting?
At Lime, one year of web hosting is included for free when you sign up for any of our website packages.
You can choose to organise web hosting from other providers, however, please read about our hosting services to understand what other cheap web hosts may not provide.
How do I buy a domain name?
At Lime, one year of an Australian domain registration is included for free when you sign up for any of our website packages.
You can search for the availability of a domain name, and then register it at any domain registrar. Lime is a reseller for domain registrations. Check for domain availability at lime.domains.
Based on your contract duration, you will be charged a renewal fee when it’s time to extend your domain registration. For example, a .com.au domain renewal costs $25 +GST.
Is it worth having a personal website?
If you want to present yourself in the best light to people who might be looking for you, including suppliers, recruiters, potential customers, or even journalists, having a website is a good idea.
How do I create my own website?
There are two main approaches through which you can get a website. The first is the DIY approach, where you manage all the technical stuff yourself (or have your own team do it), and design your website yourself. This is what most website-builder platforms offer.
The second is the full-service approach, where everything is taken care of for you, but you still retain control of your website and server. This is what Lime offers, and we believe it is the best option for most businesses, as it offers features, flexibility, and affordability. (But of course, we might be biased).
For a more detailed look at the best website option for your business, see domain and hosting, website builders, CMSs, and HTML editors.
Can I register my domain with one company and host with another?
Yes. By mapping your domain’s DNS records, you can host your website using one provider while registering the domain with another. Most registrars now supply a settings panel for adjusting these DNS settings.