A web host is a company that hosts many websites and makes them available to the Internet also known as the World Wide Web. In other words they upload your web site to their huge server and present your web site on the internet. They rent the space that your web site takes up on their server to you on a monthly basis. The definition of web hosting is: The business of providing server space, Web services and file maintenance for Web sites controlled by individuals or companies that do not have their own Web servers.
They also purchase your domain name for you. Your domain name is the web address the public will use to find you. An example would be www.yourcompany.com. Along with that they will allow you a number of email addresses through that domain name, which they will manage for you (manage as in keep them operational). An example would be email@example.com. The number of email addresses that they provide to you depends on the package you agree to purchase and the size of the bandwidth you are allowed with that package.
How Does Web Hosting Work?
The web host has a very powerful server that can easily handle traffic from anywhere in the world at any time of the day or night. Large corporations often buy their own servers and use it for their huge amount of traffic flow. But unless you have a very large business, it is not feasible to buy a server, and pay the computer experts to keep your data flowing. It is much wiser for a company to allow a web hosting service to upload your web site (which is really computer files set up in a particular order) and allows their massive server to put you on the World Wide Web. They then maintain your files and ensure the data flows quickly from your customers and your company.
What Are Web Hosting Options?
The most common web hosting option is “shared hosting”. Shared hosting is where you are one of many customers being serviced through the same server. The web host provides the technical support for the site. If you do not have technical support employees, or the server big enough to keep your site up; shared web hosting is the way to go.
The second option is “dedicated web hosting”. This is where you buy your own server and usually store it at someone else’s facility. You are responsible for keeping it running. For a mid-size company (or small business) it is a very costly venture. Not only would you pay for the server but also for the experts to run it.
There is also “Virtual Private Servers”. This is where you have a web host that has more than one client but the space on the server is strictly divided into equal sections. It is a cross between shared hosting and dedicated web hosting.
Though there are some variations, these are your basic options for a web hosting service. The web hosting service provider you choose can make a huge impact on your company, so choose well.