Web Hosting Explained

Hosting Explained

Web hosting is the activity or service of providing storage space to individuals or organizations, for the websites that are accessible via the Internet.

There is close than a billion websites currently online and millions of people all over the world getting into this new world.

For any website to be available online, it has to be stored on some server/computer that is connected to the Internet. That server where you store your website is your host. The host could be anywhere in the world but it has to have these simple things: Power, Internet connection, and Dedicated IP address and if you are missing just one of those things, your website will not be available online:

Power source is a necessary element for the website to be available online all the time. Just like with many things we use in day-to-day life, if you don`t have the power supply it simply won`t work.

Internet connection is infrastructure that you need to connect with others. If you have your website on a computer without internet connection, it is the same as having your business on a deserted island without any connection with a land. You are existing on an island, but nobody can reach you.

IP address is literally an address of your website. IP is short for "Internet Protocol" and it is a numerical set of instructions that provide communication, identification and location system for any computer that is connected to the internet. A "Dedicated IP" simply means that the address does not change with each connection.

Just like when opening your new business, you will need: name, location, staff, and product. The same is true for starting a new website, you will need the following: name (domain name), location (web server), staff (you or webmaster), and product (website content).

If your website is your business, your hosting is a building where your business is located. You can think of your host providers as your landlords. They rent you a space and take care of the essentials and you pay them rent.