What Is Hosting?

What is Hosting?
You finally did it. You decided to take a chance on yourself and make that leap of faith into entrepreneurship. You’ve got business cards drafted, sketched out an idea for a logo and you’ve even made a facebook page for your new business. You’ve been making great strides in starting your business. However, it appears that you’ve come to a stumbling block. Creating a website.

Creating a website for some can seem like quite an ordeal. However, let me reassure you, it’s really not a scary as it seems. All that’s needed is a little patience. So what steps should one take and in what order? Well, the first step is deciding on a domain name. A domain name is an address where users can find your website (e.g. www.yoursitenamehere.com). After deciding on a domain name and making sure it’s available, the next and probably most important step is web hosting.

What Is Web Hosting

Obviously, if you’re reading this, then you’re attempting to learn or you’re at least curious about what exactly hosting or web hosting is. “Web hosting is a type of internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the world wide web.” (Wikipedia). Basically, web hosts are companies that provide “space” on a server. That space can then either be leased or purchased by virtually anyone. Web hosting services can also be broken down into two groups or classes. Small hosting services and large.

Small Web Hosting

Small web hosting is the most basic of the two. Within this type of hosting, files are uploaded thru File Transfer Protocol or “FTP.” With this method, all files are transferred to the web with very basal processing. Internet service providers or “ISPs” often offer the latter type of hosting to users for free, due to its simplicity. Your ISP is the company or entity that provides your internet service (e.g. At&T, Comcast, etc…) Smaller, more basic web hosting is ideal for small, single page sites. (Wikipedia)

Large Web Hosting

For companies that are much larger and require more than just the bare minimum, larger web hosting is necessary. For many large companies being connected to the internet at all times is a must. Their sites must be able to send emails and various other files at any time of the day. They must also be able to always communicate with other sites. Larger hosting services have the ability to provide the tools necessary for companies that have more complex requirements.

In addition to there being two classes of web hosting services, there are also several different types of hosting such as Shared Web Hosting, Reseller Web Hosting, Virtual Dedicated Servers, and many more. Wikipedia Deciding on a web host can seem a bit challenging but there are so many resources out there to assist you in your decision. Many web hosting sites have tutorials and live chats that can help you every step of the way.

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