Web Hosting Basics
Web Hosting 101. More about Web Hosting?
What is Web Hosting?
Web Hosting is easily described in the following scenario.
Imagine that you are going to have a house(website) designed and built for
you and your family. These are the basic steps you would take:
1 - You could hire an architect to create a design. In terms of the web, you
could have a web designer design and create a website for you.
2 - Next you would need a place to have the house built, for example a plot
of land. With websites this is what we call Web Hosting. Web hosting is
where you rent or lease a space on a server that is connected to the
internet, providing you and the rest of the world access to your website.
3 - At last your home is built, but now you need to tell others where it is
or they won't even know it exists. In the real world you would have a street
address for your home, but online there are no intersections or mapping
services to print out directions with. So every website is located on a
server with what
is called an IP address. This would look something like
. However that isn't
the easiest thing to remember and this is why we have domain names. They are
easy to remember and fun to create. So you would next register a domain name
that would be pointed to your web hosting account and IP address which will
allow others to easily access your new online home.
So here is a quick breakdown...
House or Properties = Website(s)
Architect = Web Designer
Land = Web Hosting Space
Address = Domain Names and IP Addresses
Please also see the article "What
does it mean to host a domain?
Now that you understand what web hosting is you will need to decide how much
land or disk space you will need for your website. Remember, a little or a
lot of extra space never hurts, but too little can be like living in a shoe
with too many kids and without a clue!
Next check out these other great articles on web hosting basics and when you
are ready to take the next step,
pick a plan