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2013-06-21
What is Web Hosting?


I have been getting so many questions regarding web hosting or running a web site, that I am going to try and explain the topic.

Think about the files and folders on your computer. They are stored on the hard disk of your desktop or laptop computer, ready for you to access them whenever you like. A web page is a file, just like your word processing documents. Just as your word processing documents require your computer to store them, all web pages require a computer to store them.

The difference is that web pages are generally intended to be seen by the general public. To enable this, the computer on which they must be stored must be of a much higher specification than your desktop PC, and must be connected to the Internet through a very powerful link.

A computer on which web pages are stored is called a web server (because it serves pages, on request, to users on the Internet). Collectively a bunch of web pages is a web site, and collectively all the web pages in the world form the World Wide Web (WWW).

The job of making web sites and web pages available to many users is called web hosting. We sometimes like to call the product we offer web space, because we are selling "space" on the Internet for you to host your web site.