A website needs to be hosted on a public server, known as a web server, which allows public internet access, in order to be available on the world-wide web. In principle any computer can be turned into a web server and hooked up to the internet, but this would not provide a reliable or secure service. Security and reliability are both major issues with web hosting, and the importance of a good web hosting service cannot be underestimated.
We offer a managed hosting service, if required, with a major UK hosting company that has proved itself to be consistently reliable since we started using it over 10 years ago.
You also need to have a domain name registered to you, which will be completely unique. It's a bit like an address or a PO Box. The domain name will be associated with your web hosting account and when your website files are placed on the server to which your account is assigned, the site will become publicly available on the Internet.
If you already have a domain name and/or web hosting account, we are just as happy to work with your existing web host.
Domain names and web hosting services have to be renewed each year. Domain name renewal costs are due along with the hosting renewal, irrespective of when the actual renewal date falls. This simplifies admin costs, which save us time and money, and we happily pass these savings on to you.
All professional hosting accounts offer the facility to set up your own email addresses for your domain. For example, if your domain is mydomain.co.uk, you can set up email addresses - firstname.lastname@example.org. With Lakeland Web Design you can have as many email addresses as you like and it won't cost you any extra.
You will be given access to a control panel where you can easily set up extra email addresses. You can choose to use the online webmail service available with your hosting to view and respond to emails, or you can set up your preferred email program, such as Outlook Express, to fetch emails from the mail server and load them into your computer.