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WHAT IS WEB HOSTING?

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Web hosting is a service that allows organizations and individuals to post a website or web page on to the Internet. A web host, or web hosting service provider, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed in the Internet. Websites are hosted, or stored, on special computers called servers.

When Internet users want to view your website, all they need to do is type your website address into their browser. Their computer will then connect to your server and your webpages will be delivered to them through the browser.

Most web hosting companies require that you own your domain name in order to host with them. If you do not have a domain name, the web hosting companies will help you purchase one.

The basic features of a web hosting plan include:

DISK SPACE in Web Hosting?

All web hosting accounts offer a certain amount of disk space that you can use to store your web files. It is recommended that you have some sort of estimates on what you need for various tasks – the amount of space you need for your emails, web files, databases, etc. By breaking down your usage, you can better estimate how much space you should go for.

What is BANDWIDTH OR DATA TRANSFER in Web Hosting?

Very often web hosts talk about bandwidth and data transfer as the same entity. However, they are in fact, different.

  1. Bandwidth is the amount of data that can be transferred at one time.
  2. Data transfer is the actual amount of data transferred.

Think of it this way. If bandwidth were a tunnel, the bigger the tunnel the more cars can pass through it. Data transfer would then be the number of cars allowed to go through the tunnel in a given time period, say a month.

The less bandwidth you have, the slower it takes your website to load, regardless of your visitor’s connection type. Visitors will have to wait their turn. The less data transfer you have, the more often you will find your website unavailable because you have reached the maximum amount of data allowed to be transferred.

To determine what is sufficient, you need to take into consideration the size of your website and the number of visitors you have in a month’s time.

EMAIL ACCOUNTS

Email accounts are a common feature of web hosting, especially if you are hosting a domain. There are three main types of email accounts: POP3, forwarding, and aliases.

POP3 accounts are the traditional inboxes. You have space on the server to store your emails, and at the same time, you can use an email program to download your mail. Each login and password combination usually equates to one account.

Forwarding mail accounts are useful if you are employing the service of another company to filter your emails for you. Rather than storing your emails on your mail server, emails are redirected to another email address.

Aliases accounts are similar to forwarding mail accounts. Some hosts allow you to setup a catch-all alias, which is often used to collect emails sent to addresses not recognized by your mail server.

FTP ACCESS

After you have created your web pages on your computer, you need to transfer those files to your web server. The files are transferred to the server by use of FTP.

FTP is also the protocol of downloading your web files from the server to your computer, ie. backing up your website files.

How to select best web hosting in Afghanistan?

Reliable and Stable Web hosting is much needed for a business or organization to presence their viability 24/7 in the internet.

Hewad ICT LLC is the right place for you we have reliable web hosting services for you at affordable prices and high availability.

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HOW TO BUY .af DOMAIN or .af Domain Registration

.af domain registration

Afghanistan’s name in Cyber Space or the Internet is .AF (Dot AF), which is the Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) for Afghanistan. Afghanistan Network Information Center (AFGNIC) was incorporated on 1st January 2003, to carry out .AF ccTLD domain name registration and management, and to undertake operation of the domain name system. AFGNIC manages and administers .AF Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) in a fair and neutral manner.

The .af domain is the most commonly used second-level domain used for organizations or Ngo’s operating in Afghanistan.

There are two ways to register your .af domain name:

  1. direct with AFGNIC Afghanistan Network Information Center (the governing authority of the .af domain extension)
  2. via a AfgNic Member (ie. hewadict.com)

The registration fees for an .af domain name cover a period of one or up 5 years (regardless of where you registered the domain). This means your registration payment gives usage rights over the domain name for 1 year. A renewal fee is payable for each subsequent 1-year period.

.af Domain Names

The domain name that you wish to apply under .af. Then select the appropriate domain name option (New, Modify, Delete). Ensure that the domain name entered is valid as describe in .af policy document 
The registrants also have the choice to register second level domains (SLDs) under .af domain e.g hewadict.af

Who can apply for which .af domain names?

  • .gov.af for government agencies
  • .com.af for commercial entities
  • .org.af for non commercial organizations
  • .net.af for network providers
  • .edu.af for educational institutions

.af Domains Pricing

ExtensionRegistration Fee Per YearTransfer
.af30$30$
com.af25$25$
net.af25$25$
edu.af25$25$
org.af25$25$
tv.af45$45$

.af Domain Registration requirments

The .af domain registrant is requested to present the below documents upon registering.af domain name. Valid Business License, National Identity Card( Tazkira) or Passport , Valid Organization License or the organization should be validated by the government of Afghanistan.
a) After the registrar completes the .af domain registration process and pays the registration fees, the .af domain DNS authority grants an exclusive license to the licensee to use the.af domain name in the application.

b) The license is valid for one year and is renewable as long as the registration fee has been settled.

c) The license is not transferable unless the domain name is transferred with the business assets of the licensee. The license for a domain name that is on hold cannot be transferred, with exception for the appointment of a new registrar as described in article 6, b, second paragraph.

d) In case the registrant decides not to use the domain name, it is the responsibility of the registrant to let the office of .af know via email so the office of .af can remove the domain name from the system.

e) The .af domain DNS authority may terminate the license if the licensee breaches any of the terms and conditions of the.af domain name registration, including non-payment of the license fee by the licensee’s registrar. In case of a breach of the terms and conditions, the .af DNS authority can send a reminder by e-mail to both the registrar and the licensee informing them that the license will be terminated if the breach is not remedied within 14 days.

To register .af domain through hewadict.com please kindly get in touch with us we will make this all process within 10 minutes.

WHAT TYPE OF HOSTING DO YOU NEED?

There are many web hosting options available nowadays: free web hosting, shared hosting, dedicated server, and the list goes on. All these options serve the same purpose, which is hosting your content so that it can be accessed and viewed by people on the Internet. The major difference is how each is structured as well as the benefits they offer.

Let’s have a closer look at each of them.

FREE WEB HOSTING

What can be better than a free web hosting plan? This is a great option for someone who wants to create a homepage or small website to share with friends and family. While free web hosting has received criticism for its lack of features, security and customer support, there are a few reliable free web hosting providers that you can trust. However, keep in mind that free web hosting is more geared for giving you a taste of having and maintaining a small, personal website. If you want to establish a powerful web presence with an online business, you will need to consider a paid hosting service that offers more control, security and reliability.

SHARED HOSTING

As the name implies, shared hosting is an environment where you are sharing space on a web server with other users. As clients are sharing the cost of the server, this is the most affordable and popular solution for personal users and small businesses as companies to set up blog, e-commerce and other advanced applications. However, when hosting on a shared server, you are exposed to all the activities of your neighbors. If someone makes a huge scripting error, the entire server can suffer. If someone experiences a sudden burst in traffic, your site might run slower. If the server goes down, so does your website and ultimately, your business.

DEDICATED HOSTING

When your business takes off and requires more than the typical sharing server resources, it’s time to move up to the dedicated server. Now you’re in the big leagues with an entire server dedicated to your hosting needs. However, without any experience, succeeding with this hosting option is nearly impossible – those who require a dedicated server but don’t know a thing about server administration can get by with managed hosting. In this scenario, the hosting service provider handles all the management tasks which frees you up to focus on other areas of the business. Keep in mind that a managed service requires is generally more costly.

WHAT IS THE BEST HOSTING FOR YOU?

The best advice we can give about hosting is to know what you’re getting into. Free services are geared for personal sites, shared hosting is suited for small businesses and a dedicated server is designed for larger hosting needs, yet is far more expensive. By knowing what your site requires, it will be much easier to determine which is the best solution.

Still not sure what web hosting is perfect for you?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us our hosting advisor will guide you and chose for you a perfect web hosting plan.
We provide high quality reliable web hosting in Afghanistan and around the world.