I am often asked ‘what is web hosting?’, so I’ve put together this simple guide to explain. I hope you find it useful.
Every website is made from series of files (code). When someone puts a website address into a browser, these files are downloaded and converted into the web page they see. These files need to be stored somewhere, so people browsing the internet can see the website, and this place a called a server.
Web hosting is when a business provides the technologies and space on their server for these files to be stored. The website owner pays a fee to the web hosting provider, usually monthly or yearly, and this fee will vary based on different server specs, features and services offered.
(Note: this is not the same buying a domain name, which can confuse some people, so here is a post about buying domain names, but read on to discover more about web hosting!)