A Beginner’s Guide To Web Hosting

A Beginner’s Guide To Web Hosting

What is Web Hosting and Why do I need it.

For most individuals, using the internet is part of their daily routine, be it for business, work, research, pleasure, socializing, or even shopping – often a little bit of everything.

Some users are very comfortable using the internet and have a good basic understand of how things work, but for others, not so much.

Just because a user has limited knowledge does not mean they have no desire to create an online presence, ie their own website.  All websites from a single page personal website to a huge corporate site with thousands or even millions of pages work on the same underlying foundation.

To make a website available to the billions of individuals surfing the internet, you’ll need a web server.  Some large companies can afford to maintain their own IT department and the necessary infrastructure, for most individuals or small businesses this requires the help of a web hosting company.  Even many large businesses still find it more efficient to use the services of a web hosting company.

So, what exactly is web hosting?  Essentially it is a service that manages the web servers and infrastructure so you can get your website up and running with minimal expertise on your part.

Servers are special computers designed specifically to serve web pages quickly.  For the average person setting up a server would be an expensive and daunting task and you’d also need to pay for an internet connection with an extremely fast upload speed.  For redundancy, you would need to have multiple servers.  As you can imagine the costs add up very quickly.

That’s where web hosting providers come in. Web hosting companies often serve 100s or even 1000s of websites from a single server.  Essentially they make a profit by renting out space on their servers.  In turn, the many small clients get access to hosting at an affordable rate since the cost is distributed among the many customers.

You may end up with a web hosting company that actually rents server space from a larger company at wholesale rates, kind of a middleman.  This is not necessarily a bad thing, as your site is still hosted on the powerful servers of the larger company but may receive better support and service from the intermediary.

Of course, the other thing that you need to do in order to have to have a website is to create the website itself.  If you have the necessary skills you can do this yourself, otherwise you will need to hire a professional.
But, it doesn’t matter how well designed and interesting your website is, without web hosting no one will ever see it.

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