Registering 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:
- Dedicated hosting
- VPS (virtual private server) hosting
- 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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