DNS stands for "Domain Name System". The domain name system acts like a large telephone directory and in that it's the master database, which associates a domain name such as www.wikipedia.org with the appropriate IP number. Consider the IP number something similar to a phone number: When someone calls www.wikipedia.org, the ISP looks at the DNS server, and asks "how do I contact www.wikipedia.org?" The DNS server responds, for example, "it can be found at: 216.198.221.66.". As the Internet understands it, this can be considered the phone number for the server that houses the website. When the domain name is registered/purchased on a particular registrar's "name server", the DNS settings are kept on their server, and in most cases point the domain to the name server of the hosting provider. This name server is where the IP number (currently associated with the domain name) resides.
One of the tools that wasn't listed above in the cPanel features was Softaculous. Use Softaculous to install the web's most popular software to your account with 1-click. That means you don't have to fumble around with downloading and uploading install files or hire a developer to help you get the software you want. All you have to do is log into cPanel and click the Softaculous icon. From there you'll see categories of solutions ranging from blogs, content management systems, forums, wikis and so much more. You can also use the Softaculous search feature to find the software you want to us. This includes some of the web's most used solutions including WordPress, Drupal and Joomla.
It’s possible, however, that you may outgrow shared hosting and need an alternative. The next step up the ladder is a virtual private server (VPS), which offers improved control since the shared web server is logically abstracted. This means each website “sees” the server as private, and behaves as though it is the only one with access to resources.

For simple sites or personal blogs, our Starter plan is usually sufficient. For more dynamic sites (ie Wordpress-based sites) we would suggest our Medium plan for the higher resource allocation. For sites where e-commerce will be conducted or user data will be collected, we suggest our Professional plan for the included SSL which is a necessity for collecting user data.


For the tests, we went for the StartUp package. Although for a generally more WordPress-optimized package, we’d recommend the GrowBig or GoGeek plan. They are a tad more expensive, but come with additional perks such as advanced caching (custom-built by SiteGround), staging, premium wildcard SSL certificates, and free PCI compliance – should you want to run an e-commerce store.
Reliability and reputation are important factors when comparing web hosts. Search for reviews of potential hosts to get a feel for the experiences that other users have had. If you find lots of the same issues or persistent complaints cropping up, this may be a red flag. You may also be able to see how the company deals with complaints or whether they respond at all.
Cloud Hosting: Cloud hosting allows webmasters to tap into a large bank of servers that are all interlinked and designed to take over from each other if needed. In other words, if you need more resources, the cloud will provide more resources to rise to the demand. Cloud hosting is usually the best option if you want to aim for 100% uptime and don’t care how much you need to pay for it.
When I first started searching the internet for a reliable host, I came across several hundred hosts. The search was quite over whelming, I wanted a host that was affordable, but reliable and had good support, in case something went wrong. I found a good team of people with Hawk Host. I monitor my sites downtime and have seen it go off line when the guys are updating software, and that only takes minutes. Most companies claim the world and deliver an island. I have been with them over a year and will continue to use them.

We strive to be different than those other Shared Hosting providers. We're not some generic service. As you know, our goal each and every day is to be the fastest web hosting provider and offer tools that other hosts are simply unable to offer you. Below are just some of the speed enhanced features available on our SwiftServers, our exclusive speed-enhanced hosting platform. Every A2 Hosting customer, including you, is hosted on our SwiftServer platform! While we won't give away the entire recipe for our special speed sauce, here are a few ingredients that ensure blazing fast performance. 

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