What is web hosting?
Web hosting is a service provided by companies (the web host) that sell or lease space on a server where you store the files that make your website accessible on the internet. These companies typically require that you own a domain, and they may help you purchase one.
How does web hosting work?
Once you purchase a Web hosting plan, we store your site on our servers and assign it a unique DNS. The DNS is the address that allows people around the world to access your website. This unique address is required in order for people to view your site.
By purchasing a website hosting package, you're buying space our servers. It’s similar to the space on the hard drive of a computer, and the being on our server allows your website files to be accessed from anywhere.
What is Drupal hosting?
Drupal hosting is any web hosting plan that is compatible with Drupal — an open-source content management system (CMS) that powers websites online. Drupal hosting provides the basic framework for building a website and is favored by professional developers for its power and flexibility. Enterprise and government website administers prefer Drupal hosting for its high level of security.
What is shared hosting?
Shared hosting is a popular hosting option where a provider hosts multiple websites on one physical web server. Typically, most websites don't use many server resources, so shared hosting lets providers offer stable service at a low cost. If you decide that shared hosting is right for you, you’ll need to decide which type of shared hosting you prefer. We offer three shared hosting solutions: Linux plans using cPanel, Windows plans using Plesk and WordPress Hosting. Shared hosting allows you to share hosting space and costs with others, while benefitting from the speed and space you need for your small business website.
What kind of web hosting do I need?
Depending on the what you want to do with your website, we offer Windows and Linux hosting. For instance, if you want to create a shopping cart, host a podcast, or add a blog, check out Should I choose a Windows or Linux hosting account? to see which is the best fit.
What is cPanel for hosting?
cPanel is a web hosting control panel that provides a web hosting customer/owner a user interface intended to help them easily manage their website and shared server. It allows users to create websites using a variety of content management systems (CMS) including WordPress, Drupal, Magento and Joomla.
What can I use to build my website?
There are several options to help you build your website – from hand-coding with HTML to using a website builder program. If you require a high degree of functionality and versatility from your website, you’ll benefit from programs and applications that can help you build your site. Our Web Hosting plans give you access to free, server-side applications to develop and customize your website, including popular Content Management System (CMS) applications like WordPress® and Joomla!®. You can also add a Dedicated IP and add an SSL Certificate later.
If I already have a website, can I transfer it to your web hosting?
Moving your website to Signdomains is a simple process; access your existing website files and upload them through our Hosting Control Center (or via an FTP client). If you don’t immediate access to your website files, you should be able to request a copy from your current website hosting provider.
If you have any questions along the way, our 24/7 support team is here to assist you. We can help you determine the best method for transitioning your website to a Signdomains account.
How can I accept credit cards online?
Our hosting services are a great place to setup your online presence and product catalog. You can then work with a third-party provider to process payments on your behalf to keep credit cards off your server. If you would like to accept payments directly on your server, we offer PCI-certified products like our Managed WordPress Ecommerce Hosting and the GoDaddy Online Store. Whichever path you choose, make sure to be informed of additional requirements to keep your business PCI compliant.