What Is Web Hosting? (And Why Do I Need It?)

My Post - 2020-03-09T170850.958.pngRegistering a domain name is the first box you need to tick if you want to set up a website for your business. However, by itself, a domain name does not enable you to build a website. To build a website, you also need web hosting.

What is Web Hosting?

A web host is how and where your website lives. The way this works is your domain name gets assigned to a web hosting package which is actually server space. The server is owned by a hosting company who manages the server for you.

In other words, your web host provides your web hosting.

It’s important not to mix the two up, so here’s a distinction between the two:

  • A web host is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for your website to be viewed on the Internet.
  • Web hosting refers to the product of hosting itself, which is essentially rented space on a server in return for a monthly or annual fee.

It’s important to point out that you do not need a web host for web hosting. You can do it yourself with a server. However, because of a web host’s access to state-of-the-art hardware, the added value of support and massive uptime, and the fact you need no expertise to open a host account (versus configuring your own server and managing it) means web hosting is the best option for most people.

How Web Hosting Works

Web hosting is basically rented server space.

Rather than have your own physical server under your desk, you rent server space from a company who provides it as a service. This is true of all types of third-party hosting, which is an important point to make because in your search for web hosting, you’ll come across three main types:

  1. Dedicated hosting
  2. VPS (virtual private server) hosting
  3. Shared hosting

At UKHost4U, we provide options for all three of these, so we’ll explain the differences between these below. – Read more

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Become PCI Compliant with Liquid Web

My Post - 2020-02-26T180548.993.pngWhen working with credit cards and payment information, one has to be sure that all customer data is safe and secure.

PCI Compliance enforces proper security rules for any business that handles sensitive credit card online.

According to a Pew Internet study, 79% of Internet users worry about how their personal information is being used online by companies, and a full 59% have little to no understanding about what may happen after their data is collected.”

One way to protect your customers’ sensitive data is through PCI Compliance.

What is PCI Compliance?

PCI Compliant web hosting helps protect you and your customers from the hazards of working with sensitive data online. PCI Compliance enforces strict guidelines to make sure all credit card data is protected securely and properly.

This limits the need to worry about a 3rd party intercepting data directly from your network, because you are following a well-thought-out compliance ruleset, and leaves you to work on other security implementations for your organization.

While PCI Compliance doesn’t protect you from all security woes, by having to legally abide by the rules set out by the PCI Standards Council, you are able to make sure the most vital items are checked off your list when handling sensitive credit card data.

What is PCI Compliant Web Hosting?

When hosting websites or servers that take or process credit card transactions, there are certain server-level requirements that must be adhered to. The PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) was created to set the requirements needed of a web-server and it’s network or hosting provider.

This standard requires that a secure network must be built and maintained, with proper firewalls and no default passwords. Anti-virus must be installed an up-to-date, payment transactions are encrypted, and network resources must be regularly tested and monitored for compliance and security issues.

While part of PCI Compliance will be your responsibility or the responsibility of your organization, if you are not actually serving web content and are using a service or hosting provider such as Liquid Web, there are certain security implementations that can only be implemented on the network end of the web server, such as hardening routers and updating web server operating systems. – Read more

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