Website Hosting Basics
Before we jump into the Website Hosting Basics, it’s important to remember you have to have a domain name so your website can be found on the Internet. The domain name is essentially your company’s Internet address. The same way your company’s street address is used to find your offices, a domain name is used to find your website. So pick a domain name which is good memorable and relevant!
Website Hosting Basics – What is Website Hosting?
Hosting a website means, making a website available to public all over the worldwide. When you make a website, that is composed of enough web pages having good text, videos, images and other content for people to see them. Remember people can able to see your website only when it is available on online. To make your website online, you have to store its files on a computer called web server. If you buy some space on a web server then store your webpages there, now your website becomes hosted and can be seen by anyone across the world.
What is Web Server?
A web server is a computer on which all the web pages of your website are stored. Web Server delivers / ‘serves’ the content of your website to the users with the help of Internet. The computer which works as server should have very high specifications. It should also connected to the Internet through very safe and powerful link. The web hosts / web hosting companies have theirs own high performance servers on which they rent out space to users like you. So that you can host your website and make it accessible to the general public.
Who is Web Host?
Any person or company who owns a server and rents out web space for website hosting can be called the web host. Some web hosts do not own servers but rent a server from some large web hosting company and then resell the space under their own brand. This is called reseller hosting service and such web hosts are called web resellers. The large web hosting companies even own their datacenter (collection of servers) where they can host millions of websites.
Datacenters have many computer servers connected to the Internet with fast connections, back up and high security. Most of the web hosts provide not only web space but many other services related to website hosting and are thus also called web service providers.
What Services are given by Web Hosting Companies?
Space on their servers is, no doubt, the most important product sold by a web host. Many other products and services, essential for website hosting, are also provided by them such as domain name registration, email hosting services, and SSL certificates etc. Some of the service providers also give the facility of website builder tools through which you can create your own website without the help of web designers and developers. However, the most important products of a web host are the different types of web server hosting so that their clients might choose the hosting space suitable to their specific needs.