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!

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