What is Web Hosting?

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Written by Neil in Web Hosting with 11 comments

Updated February 12, 2017

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For the public to view your website, it must be accessible by, and connected to, the Internet 24/7.

Web hosting is a service that does just this: it allows your website to be accessible via the Internet.

The files that make up your website are ‘hosted’ online by your web host. In plain English: these files are copied to disk space that you rent on a web host’s servers, thus making your website accessible online at any time.

Renting server space is not as expensive as you might think – you can get excellent hosting plans from reputable web hosts for as little as $3/month.

There are even companies that will host your website for free but while this may be attractive, free hosting typically has drawbacks, such as banner or pop-up ads on your website.

Generally,  a website has a domain name (e.g., www.somename.com) associated with the hosting account, which is how the website is accessed.

If you’re looking for a web host, there are literally thousands to choose from. If you need a little help deciding which web host is best for you, check out our post on what you absolutely must know before choosing a web host.

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