Web hosting is a very simple term that can envelope many different things into it. In its core, web hosting is the action that allows other businesses and individuals to host a website or a web page on the internet. The web hosting provider is the business that provides the web hosting service as well as many other services that they charge a price for. These hosting services can be a monthly fee or they can be a flat price.
What happens when somebody wants to access your website
The whole ordeal is pretty complex when you get into the detail but on the surface, it’s pretty easy to explain. So, if an individual wants to check out your website, first he needs to know the exact name of the site and type it into his browser. After that, his computer sends a request to your web hosting server and will transfer your page onto their computer.
Almost all web hosting companies require you to own your domain if you wish to be able to host your site with them. However, if you don’t own one you can purchase one with them. Additionally, you can also view who is the owner of any particular website by checking their domain.
What you need to host a website
There are a few things that you need to organize before you can host a website. First of all, you have to have a website designed. If you are not a designer you have to hire a designer to do the job for you. Second, you have to have your site protected and it has to function correctly. For this, you need to hire a web hosting service and check with them if they have a support service that can fix issues. Then you need to decide what kind of hosting service you want to pick.
There are different options available:
– Collocated Hosting
When you host with this method you need to purchase your server and house it at the facilities of your web host. The responsibility of the server will be all yours which is good since you can be in total control but bad if something unpredictable happens.
– Shared Hosting
This method gives one server to more than one website. Sharin a server has its benefits, for instance, the cost will be much cheaper and them instance will be split among the number of the websites that are hosted on the server, but the downside is that your website will work a bit slower.
– Website Builders
This is a web hosting service that caters to the beginners. They usually host the website for you without any additional help, and they provide you with an interface to build your website.
– Dedicated Hosting
This is the best one of them all but also the most expensive one. Here you have the server all to yourself. Web sites that have lots of traffic and require a fast response time should pick this one.