If you are in the website development or web design industry, or if you are a business owner working on having a website for your company— then you may have encountered the term “web hosting” once or twice. But what is it really? Read on to find out more.
So, what on Earth is web hosting? In essence, it is similar to a physical location of a store. You cannot have a store without an address. You definitely can’t keep your products inside your imagination if you want to earn. Web hosting is the digital equivalent of a business address. It is where your website lives.
If you want a website for your business, then you are going to have a lot of files, images, codes, etc. And these things take up space. If you think that the websites you see online are all out there through sheer will and determination, then you are dead wrong. They have a digital, online home. That is what web hosting is for.
Hosting providers can offer your files a place to stay in on a web server. All the files necessary to keep your website up and to run will be stored on this web server which is also responsible for delivering your website files whenever a browser requests for it by typing in your domain name.
Paying for hosting services is like paying for rent for internet space, much like how you would pay for a building or a lot for a physical store.
Now that we have talked about where on Earth you are renting when you start a website let’s talk about what you are renting. Let us talk about domain names. So, you have a location in a web server now. But what does your target audience have to type to look for you?
Physical stores have addresses— a street number, a city, a zip code, etc. to help you locate them. That is what a domain name is for a website. The web server is where your website lives, and the domain name is its exact address.
Every time an internet user types in your domain name, it is turned into an IP address. This IP address helps your hosting company locate all your files and returns all of the pictures, videos, and words that make up your website.
That said, every domain name is unique. You should think of a name that represents your brand best, so you can buy the domain name right away.
Much like many other things in life, there are many things you should consider when looking for hosting provider. There are different types of web hosting services, and one kind may suit your needs more than the other.
Here are some points to consider when determining where you would like to host your site:
- What kind of website are you creating? Is it an eCommerce site, a blog, a portfolio, or something else?
- What is the bandwidth needed to run your site?
- Do you want to create email addresses for your domain?
- What hosting options are available?
- Can they provide SSL Certificates?
Answering these questions can help you choose the best hosting provider. Once you have decided, registration is is easy. There are even some providers who can register your domain name for you.