How it works

A web site is hosted on a computer system known as a web server, this web server or host computer is always connected to the internet and serves (allows users to download to their computers) content as requested by users accessing the site.

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The cost of the hosting service for a given site is determined by 2 factors the size of the site (i.e. how many pages it contains) and the amount of data the site transfers over the network (i.e. from where ever it is hosted to a users computer) each month.

For example our starter plan would be capable of taking care of a small business site of 50 pages getting up to 7,500 visitors per month this corresponds to a bandwidth usage of around 4gb. This can vary hugely depending of what exactly a site does - so ask if you are unsure how this effects you.

You can easily work out how much bandwidth your site uses by averaging the size of your existing pages and multiplying by the number of user page views you get each month - for users of our system we'll give you a handy graph to spare you the trouble!

Web sites can be the work of an individual a business or other organisation and usually focus on a particular topic. Any web site may link to any other web site. Web sites are written in a computer language called HTML (Hyper Text Mark-up Language) and are accessed using a software program called a Web browser. Pages can be viewed or otherwise accessed from a range of electronic application from desktop c omputers to internet enabled phones. Hyper Text Mark-up Language is a very straight forward language to learn and you can view the underlying HTML of any site by right clicking and selecting "view source".