What is a domain name?

A domain name is a sequence of letters and numbers which determine the address of your site.  This site’s domain name is “selfnet.com”.  You’ll need to register a domain name before your web site becomes accessible at that address.  Please see our Domain Name Guide for all the details.

What is shared web hosting?

Shared (or virtual) web hosting is the most fitting way of hosting for 99% of web sites.  It means that a web hosting company will have one or more servers (computers constantly connected to the Internet that run a web server software such as Apache or IIS) that will be running multiple web sites (it will be shared).  Unless a web site is exceptionally busy or requires a lot of bandwidth, this is the least expensive way to get a real web site.  At Webhost Melbourne, you can still have your own IP address with virtual hosting and the site won’t look any different to users.  Other options are dedicated, co-location, or doing it yourself web hosting.  In those options you have the whole computer to yourself and you can do things like install your own software.