Domain name is essentially your website’s equivalent of a physical address. In the same way that a satellite navigation needs a street address or a zip code to provide directions, a web browser needs a domain name to direct you to a website. Every website is identified by a unique series of numbers called an IP address. This numeric set is what your computer uses to connect to the server where the website data is stored and lives. Numbers are great for a computer, but it’s easier for us as humans to use words we can remember. The words used to identify a website are known as the domain or URL, and like the IP address, they’re unique to each website. Think of it like a mobile phone: you want to call your mother, so you simply click on your contact “Mom” and your phone dials your mother’s phone number. Domains are connected to IP addresses in much the same way.
Losing your domain can be extremely frustrating, for many its simply not having the time or knowledge for renewing this vital identity, other scenarios such as renewal notifications being aligned to an old or deleted email address causing the notification to never be received. Frustrating to say the least, however, those days are over. This new subscription method will mean that all website domains and hosting plans can be cancelled as and when you need to rather than paying in full for a domain or agreeing to a long-term hosting subscription in which you may not require for the full term initially agreed period.
This method ensures you are in control of when your domain is released from your ownership and back into the market. It’s important to note that Sketch Creative will NOT own your domain but simply house it in the relevant companies/person name, meaning the domain will always, until released, be owned by the business/person it originally aligned to.
Web hosting is a necessity for any website — it is the physical location of your website on the Internet, an online storage centre that houses the information, images, video, and other content that comprises your website. Websites are hosted, or stored, on special computers called servers. Our hosting supplier as instructed by ourselves will maintain the server where the data associated with your website resides, and also manage the technology that makes your website connect to the Internet.
Web hosting makes it possible for visitors to view your websites content when they type in your domain name. But web hosting accomplishes much more than that. It can help keep your site up and running smoothly 24/7, 7-days a week. This is especially important in the competitive E-commerce marketplace, where interrupted availability may cause you to lose not only sales but also customers who will leave your site after a negative experience and potentially never come back.
Great news! We have now upgraded our hosting supplier & services ensuring your business’s digital presence and ongoing maintenance is managed via an automated system resulting in a streamlined service in which you have full control of monthly subscriptions and ongoing website costings. What does this mean for you? Currently, your domain licensing and hosting is billed annually. On certain occasions, if annual payment is not processed on time then it can cause downtime to your website or even potential loss of your domain. Potentially resulting in a 60-day wait time before we can attempt to re-obtain access, ownership and control of your business’s domain name. Smart hosting means those days are over. Instead of paying a one-off bill at the end of every year this will be charged at the end of each month.