What is Website Hosting and How Does It Work

web host·ing [web host]

NOUN - web hostings (plural noun) · webhosting (noun) · webhostings (plural noun)
The activity or business of providing storage space and access for websites

Updated: July 1, 2021 By: RSH Web Editorial Staff
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Website Hosting

This is the process of renting space to house a website so anyone on the Internet can view it. The content of a websites files, images and data bases has to be stored on a Web Server to be viewable by the public. When a website Hosting Provider allocates space for a website to store its files they are "Hosting a Website". They will make these files available for viewing on the Internet 24-7, 365 days a year

Every website you have ever visited is stored or "Hosted" on some type of a Web Server

The different features and amount of space allocated to a website depends on the type of Hosting

The main types of hosting are Shared Hosting, VPS (Virtual Private Server) and Dedicated Hosting. They are differentiated by the kind of technology used for the Server. The level of management provided and the additional services that are offered

Hosting is one of the first and sometimes the most important decision that you will face when trying to setup your website. The choices and range of Hosting packages can seem overwhelming

What is a Web Server?

A web server is a computer and or hard drive specifically designed to store websites and delivers web pages to viewers upon request. Every web server has a unique address, called an Internet Protocol (IP) address. This tells other computers connected to the Internet where to find the web server that houses your website

If you’re planning on creating an online presence, reliable web hosting is essential. There are literally hundreds of website hosting companies providing thousands of varieties of web hosting services. What you chose will depend on how you plan to use your website and how much you have budgeted for hosting

Many a novice website owners has used the cheapest option or what they find. Under the mistaken belief that all hosting options are essentially the same. This can be a costly hosting mistake

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Poplar Features of Hosting Accounts

Domain Names

Every Website needs its own unique domain name. You can register your own domain name separately but most hosting providers offer domain names registration as part of their hosting packages. Depending on which Provider you use there could be additional fees associated with registering a domain name. Having it included in your hosting package could save you money

Email Accounts

Dedicated email accounts associated with your domain name are key to establishing a professional look for your business. With your unique domain name (e.g. yourname.com) you can create matching email accounts (e.g. yourname@yourname.com). Which will increase recognition of your company name with every email sent. You will also have the option of using your choice of email software. This can be a very useful option depending on the size, number of employees you have and requirements

Website Control Panel

Having a good hosting account control panel to manage various aspects of your websites should be one of the top priorities. You should expect the Control Panel to be able to perform everyday maintenance tasks without having to wait for technical support to make simple changes. cPanel provides a easy to use dashboard to manage email addresses, account passwords. With more than 80 different features it is one of the most popular in the hosting industry

FTP Access

The use of FTP lets you upload and download (for backups) files from your local computer to your website. If you build your website using your own website builder or coding by hand. You can then transfer the files from your computer to the web server through FTP. cPanel also has a built in file manager which will allow you to edit your pages right with in your Browser

WordPress Support

WordPress is a powerful blogging and online website creation tool. It is said WordPress powers almost 40% of websites on the Internet today. With WordPress being free and the simple requirements for hosting a WordPress website. It should be included with any website hosting account with no additional charge

Free Website Hosting

If you are considering a free hosting solution, think first about the size of your website and how many visitors you expect. Many free web hosts have daily or monthly limits on the amount of traffic your website can use. If your have a lot of images or videos that are over the “agreed” amount of space the Host is within its rights to disable your website or bill you according with or without your knowledge. And they frequently impose a maximum size on the files you upload. Many "Free Hosting" will run advertising on your website to cover the costs. Most all people are put off by commercial adds, banners and pop-ups. Websites with adverts are generally considered low quality and even spammy. Before you sign up check everything

Why Pay for Web Hosting?

Uptime and Reliability. This is extremely important for any website. A site that is hard to reach or frequently down loses visitors, customers, and this can hit revenue hard. If someone finds your site and tries to access it only to find that it’s unavailable, they won't hesitate to go to a different website. Slow access is also very frustrating for any visitors and for you when working on or uploading content. With Web Hosting, as with everything, you get what you pay for

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Website Renewals

If you are satisfied with the price of a package. Be sure to check the price for renewals. It seems a norm in the industry to offer low sign up prices but charge much higher amounts on renewals. This in the end can cost you twice as much so beware. This is something that RSH Web Services has never done, our low prices are fixed, no surprises with us

Can I host my website on my own personal computer?

Yes, But before you do you need to know there are limitations you will have to take into consideration. You should know how to setup a WWW Server on your computer. This is software that allows Internet users to access the web files on your computer. Your Internet service provider may not support the running of websites on your home computer. You will need to investigate your bandwidth quota. Your computer has to stay on at all times. 24-7, 365 days a year. Each time you turn it off or reboot, your website will become unavailable. Your website will load slowly as home internet connections are not designed for serving web pages

Benefits of a Website Hosting Service

The headaches of setting up a Dedicated Server to run your website. Or the expense involved with this. Your hosting provider will take care of the large overhead of the web server equipment. The multiple redundant commercial grade Internet connection that is needed, backups, firewalls, email accounts. And everything else to keep the Web Server’s operating system updated so you can focus on building the best website possible

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